Sunday, May 2

Easter 5 Worship

This morning was a perfect sunny and warm May morning in the Western Reserve. Today's theme, God Is Love, was taken from the epistle reading: 1 John 4:7-13. Our hymns were Love Divine, All Loves Excelling and For the Bread Which You Have Broken. They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Love was played as an interlude after the sermon. Ginger Hannon was presiding elder, Ann Doersam, organist, and Bill Arotin, videographer. Here's the video of the worship service: 

Sunday, April 25

Easter 4 Worship

On the Fourth Sunday of Easter each year, we hear about Christ the Good Shepherd, and recite the Twenty-Third Psalm: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters; he restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his Name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Here's the video of today's worship service:

Sunday, April 18

Easter 3 Worship

The sermon today was on the appointed gospel reading, Luke 24:36-48. Songs included Break Thou the Bread of Life, Thy Word Is a Lamp, and Wonderful Words of Life. There is a small piece of the service missing at around the 5:22 mark, due to a timer that was accidentally set on the pastor's phone, which interfered with the recording. Below the video of the service is another video—it is of a song that was quoted in the sermon.

Thank you to presiding elder Jenny Gilles, organist Ann Doersam, and videographer Bill Arotin.

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.