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Highlights from this Sunday’s worship audio recording include the Sine Nomine’s Zulu Choral Introit We Sing Praise, O God accompanied by Chris Vandal on percussion at around 4:30 and their jazz anthem Listen at around 11:30, John Dugard’s entertaining and encouraging words on leadership and serving as a Deacon at 14:15, and the Come Thou Font offertory by Jack Lentz and the Chancel Choir at minute 53. And of course, the sermon Leading Together by John Lentz at minute 29.
Remember Marilyn Gifford? Many of you who joined this church 15 years ago did so because Marilyn Gifford stood at the Fellowship Hall entrance every Sunday and said “Good morning!” to you. And now Dene Young “womans” that post. How would we eat if Morag took her gift and left? Or if Nancy, Chuck, Dick, and Elspeth didn’t count the collection money?
Jean Reinhold’s sermon begins at the 28 minute mark.
Before I begin, I was speaking to the Pathways kids this morning, as a member of the Co-pastor Nominating Committee, to update them on our progress. I asked them to write some advice for our new Co-pastor, whoever she will be. As for preaching, they said: Don’t give wordy and seemingly endless sermons. Make them interesting, engage the audience. Make sad topics funny, no one wants to be too sad. Well, I can promise none of those, today, but I will do my best.
Halleluja! Christ is Risen! The Easter sermon, Get On Up to Galilee!, by Dr. Lentz, begins just past the 27 minute mark.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! What a proclamation – it really does change everything. How we look at the world and our engagement in it. Just think: a small band of disciples absolutely devastated –the “show” was over, their leader crucified; they were in danger.
The Palm Sunday sermon by Rev. Lentz Pushing Off! begins just before the 23 minute mark.
Several weeks ago, Deanne and I hiked along the Slippery Rock Creek in McConnell’s State Park near Pittsburgh. The snowmelt and the rain caused the creek to run really fast – so much power coursing through the narrow passage. There were two kayakers who were brave – or stupid – enough to be on the creek that day. They had started from above the waterfall that powered a 19th century mill tourist stop. When we spoke with them, they were in an eddy near the bank, getting out of their kayaks so they could carry them below the waterfall into the really fast water – we are talking at least Class IV or maybe Class V in some spots.
Rev. Lois Annich’s sermon Surrender! begins at the 38 minute mark.
What has your experience of Lent been like so far? As some of you know, this is one of my favorite seasons in the church year. I love the fact that as we look deeply and intentionally into ourselves, study, pray, and do acts of justice and mercy we are reminded of those in the early church whose self-examination prepared them to join themselves to Christ in baptism on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter.
This week’s sermon begins just before the 22 minute mark.
Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Paul writes that you and I have to change our minds, our way of thinking if we are ever going to align ourselves more fully with what God wants for us, and our world. And change is hard but as I read the other day Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life!
In the recording of this morning’s worship service, Rev. Annich’s sermon on forgiveness begins around the 16 minute mark.
John’s sermon, the 2nd in our Lenten sermon series on Roman 12:1-3 begins just before the 32nd minute mark.
Props to Lois for shaping this preaching series on Romans 12:1-3! As followers of Jesus we are to be living sacrifices – transformed by the renewing of our minds – in other words, as I often say, “we are to get a new mind for a new age.” We are called to be change agents for the Kingdom of God!
Rev. Lois Annich’s sermon begins around the 28 minute mark.
Another Lenten journey has begun. Over the years I’ve heard some people say that the word “journey” has become something of a cliché, but I confess to personally loving the word, conveying as it does a sense of movement that can be at times meandering and at other times purposeful.