Regular morning worship featuring Director of Music, Sinhaeng Lee, Organist, Ted Turner, Section Leaders, Reagan Stohler & Abby Gast, and a sermon based on the lectionary texts for the day entitled, "Washed Away."
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First Sunday in Lent - February 21, 2021
Worship – Streaming at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Fellowship and Seminar – Streaming following worship.
“Rainbow Covenant,” by John August Swanson.
Some Sundays, the texts we hear dazzle us with layers of texture, meaning, promise, and truth. John August Swanson’s painting captures the layers we will hear in the scriptures on Sunday, the First Sunday of Lent. Swanson’s painting was inspired by the first reading we will hear from Genesis 9, but the beauty and the meaning and the hope spill over into the other two readings as well. Since many of us have taken on spiritual disciplines, the scriptures we will hear and the art we will see come just when we need it. Two, three or four days into our sacrifices, the shock of the changes makes us wonder if what we are doing is really worth it. It’s hard. But then, we gather for worship on the First Sunday of Lent to hear these amazing passages of scripture, and we get a glimpse of why and for what we are sacrificing and struggling. Join us on Sunday for worship, encouragement, hope, and, yes, truth.
Lenten Adult Seminar Series: “Seeking the Intercultural Church” begins this Sunday, February 21. Following worship, we’ll have fellowship, then the seminar will begin at 11:00 a.m. The Zoom link is the same as for worship (as listed below).
Despite the civil rights movement and the efforts to desegregate American society, including churches, almost fifty years ago, little has changed, even as church models and worship styles have gone through many revisions to stay relevant to culture and technology. While congregations have been trying to push for a more diverse congregation with “Welcome All!” signs and forums on race and reconciliation, they are still far less diverse than their neighborhoods. Why is it so difficult for white congregations to be more inclusive?
This six-session adult Lenten seminar series will examine the biblical foundations for seeking the intercultural church and will help us understand the challenges we may face along the way. Ultimately, participants will spend the Lenten season working toward discovering and discussing the cost and joy of the spiritual discipline of repentance, and what it can look like for a congregation seeking intercultural transformation.
Written by Samuel Son, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister who works in the area of diversity and reconciliation for the PC(USA), each week includes a Participant Handout for adults to read. The handouts will be distributed in a special E Report the week before each seminar (the first background reading was emailed February 18). The first seminar in the series will be Sunday, February 21, and will continue through Sunday, March 28.
Feb. 21 – Rejecting the False Gospel of Discrimination (Acts & Galatians)
Feb. 28 – Understanding God’s Purpose in Being Intercultural (Ephesians)
Mar. 7 – Confronting Powers that Exclude (Ephesians)
Mar. 14 – Moving from Language of Division to Language of Community (Ephesians)
Mar. 21 – Speaking Truth (Ephesians)
Mar. 28 – Practicing Repentance: The Church Becoming the Church (Gospel of Luke)
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Service of worship featuring Director of Music, Sinhaeng Lee, Organist, Ted Turner, Section Leaders, Reagan Stohler & Abby Gast, scriptures for the day, prayers, communion, and an invitation to observe a holy Lent. Imposition of Ashes will follow 1/2 hour after the end of the video at the Orchard St. entrance to the church. Please mask.
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