Sunday, April 11

Easter 2 Worship

Today's theme was Doubting Thomas (John 20:19-29). Songs included O Sons and Daughters, Let us Sing, and I Come to the Garden Alone (In the Garden). We also heard Surely the Presence of the Lord Is in This Place on mountain dulcimer. We very quietly sang Go Now in Peace at the end.

Here's the video:

Sunday, April 4

Easter Sunday Worship

After being apart for more than a year, the congregation of Pilgrim Christian Church finally gathered for in-person worship in the sanctuary. As you'll see in the video at the bottom of this post: There was an organist and a soloist (who played the guitar), but the congregation didn't sing. The message was based on Mark's account of Jesus' resurrection. Communion was with pre-sealed elements. But for the most part, it was a glorious Easter, and the church was as full as it could be to allow for any social distancing at all. 


Sunday, March 28

Palm Sunday Worship

Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. The opening is a portion of Psalm 118, and the scripture reading is John's account of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. All of today's music is played by our organist, Ann Doersam. Here is the order of service found in the video at the bottom of this post:
  • 00:00 Chimes
  • 00:23 Prélude: With Palms and Hosannas
  • 01:49 Welcome
  • 04:11 Call to Worship: Psalm 118.19-23
  • 04:38 Opening Prayer

Sunday, March 21

Lent 5 Worship

Our theme today comes from the image in John 12 of the dying kernel of wheat which bears much fruit. Music includes Steve Winwood's rendition of Now the Green Blade Riseth. Here is the order of service found in the worship video at the bottom of this post:
  • 00:00 Chimes
  • 00:15 Prélude: Create in Me a Clean Heart 
  • 02:47 Welcome 
  • 04:15 Opening Sentence: Psalm 51.8, 10
  • 04:33 Opening Prayer

Sunday, March 14

Lent 4 Worship

The reading from the Hebrew scriptures appointed for today is the story of the serpents in the wilderness—a story which is referenced in the appointed gospel lesson, which includes John 3:16. This is the theme for message, so one of the songs we'll hear today is Stainer's God So Loved the World. Another of today's songs is How Great Thou Art, and there's also a brief book report on Catherine Ryan Hyde's Have You Seen Luis Velez? Here's the order of worship found in the worship video at the bottom of the post: 
  • 00:00 Chimes
  • 00:27 Prélude: For God So Loved the World
  • 02:06 Welcome
  • 02:55 Book Report: Have You Seen Luis Velez?
  • 07:17 Opening Sentence
  • 07:43 Opening Prayer
  • 08:29 Lord's Prayer
  • 09:02 Intro to the Song
  • 10:42 Song: How Great Thou Art
  • 13:23 Scripture Reading: John 3:14-17
  • 14:05 Message
  • 19:45 Brief Pastoral Prayer 
  • 20:12 Communion Prayer
  • 20:38 Fraction/Institution
  • 21:27 Song: Stainer's God So Loved the World
  • 24:44 Benediction
  • 25:00 Response: Go Now in Peace
  • 26:54 Postlude: God Is Love Who Sent His Beloved Son 
As always, it's best to watch the video in full-screen mode.