Sunday, December 5

Advent 2 Worship

Today was the Second Sunday of Advent. We lit the candle of peace, and the theme was peace. In addition to the Advent Song There's a Voice in the Wilderness, we sang our first Christmas carols of the year: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing and It Came upon the Midnight Clear. We even sang the last stanza of O Little Town of Bethlehem as a response to our prayer of confession. The choir sang an introit and an anthem, and I introduced my sermon by praying a "psalm" by Edward Hays (Prayers of a Planetary Pilgrim).

Here's a video of the service, and below that ("read more") is the complete text of the sermon.

Sunday, November 28

Advent 1 Worship

Today is the First Sunday of Advent, a season of four Sundays during which we prepare for the birth of Christ. Though we do sing some Christmas carols during Advent in our church, today we stuck to Advent songs, singing O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and Come, Though Long-Expected Jesus. The Pilgrim 6 (a women's musical group) sang two pieces for us during worship. The children joined the pastor in lighting the first candle on the Advent wreath. 

Here is a video of the service in its entirety (except for the final half of the benediction response—there was a small technical difficulty), beneath which (click "read more") you can find a complete transcript of today's sermon.


Sunday, November 21

Thanksgiving Sunday Worship

Today was Thanksgiving Sunday. The Lord's Table was decorated for the harvest and we opened with Psalm 92: A Psalm of Gratitude. Our hymns included We Gather Together (the Pilgrim Hymnal version), Come, Ye Thankful, People, and Now Thank We All Our God. The sermon text was Deuteronomy 10:19, which says, "You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."

Here's a video of the service, and beneath the video you'll find a complete transcript of the sermon.


Sunday, November 14

November 14 Worship

Today was the final truly ordinary Sunday of 2021. The last two weeks were special: First Reformation Day, then All Saints Sunday; next Sunday is Thanksgiving Sunday, followed by Advent and Christmas. But today was just a regular Sunday—the 25th after Pentecost, to be exact. One of the highlights of today's service was two pieces played by our bell choir. We sang two very familiar hymns: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee and Bless├Ęd Assurance, Jesus is Mine. And the scripture was from Hebrews 10.  The sermon concentrated on Hebrews 10:24—Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds. 

Here's the video of the complete service, followed by a transcript of the sermon in its entirety.


Sunday, November 7

All Saints Worship

The first Sunday of November is for us All Saints Day. We observed this holiday by naming those who have died over the course of the past year. The songs we sang reflected this theme: 
  • For All the Saints
  • Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
  • In the Bulb There Is a Flower
The scripture read was from the beginning of Revelation 21, and the title of the sermon was  As Good As Done. Below you will find a complete video of the worship service, and beneath that is a transcript of the sermon in its entirety.