Sunday, May 15

Easter 5 Worship

Today's scripture was the appointed first reading, the one from Acts 11, in which Peter has a vision in which God declares clean that which had previously been thought of as unclean. The sermon was the first installment of a two-part series entitled Comings and Goings. It is about the way we open and close worship. Today we talked about our words of welcome: We are disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. United in spirit and inspired by God's grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all. Next week's sermon will be the second and concluding installment, and will talk about the way we close worship, with the song God Now in Peace. What follows is a video of this service (click on "read more")

Sunday, May 8

Easter 4 Worship

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is always Good Shepherd Sunday. This year it is also Mother's Day. And so our worship highlights both occasions. The sermon is based Isaiah 40:9-11. Our hymns are old classics that highlight a mother's care. The children distributed flowers to the women of the church. And the choir sang The Gift of Love.

Here is a video of the worship service (click on "read more"), and beneath the video is a manuscript of the sermon.

Sunday, May 1

Easter 3 Worship

On the Third Sunday of Easter, our theme was Saul on the Road to Damascus. 

We celebrated the Lord's Supper, and our hymns were Bless├Ęd Assurance, Open My Eyes That I May See, and Be Thou My Vision. Dave Morrow was presiding elder.

Here is a video of this worship service (click on "read more"), and beneath that is a manuscript of the sermon.

Sunday, April 24

Easter 2 Worship

This Sunday fell during the week of the Geauga County Maple Festival. Ten o'clock worship is not possible for two reasons. First, the streets leading to the church are all closed and all the parking spaces are filled by 9 AM, so none of our members could find their way to our doors at that hour. Second, our church hosts a gigantic pancake breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, so most of the faithful are busy working in the kitchen and social hall. So today we held a simple, half-hour worship service at 8 AM. Jenny Gilles was elder and also the musician. The message was the second half of John 20—the passage known to many as Doubting Thomas. The video is below (click on "read more").

Thursday, April 14

Easter Sunday Worship

We celebrated a glorious Easter service at Pilgrim Christian Church this morning. We opened with the words Alleluia! Christ is risen! along with verses from Psalm 118, followed by the hymn Christ the Lord Is Risen Today. The choir sang the beautiful anthem Easter Is Here. And the scripture read was Luke's account of the resurrection of Jesus. The sermon dealt with the reality of the resurrection, and it was followed by a celebration of the Lord's Supper. 

Here is a video of the entire service (click "read more"),

Sunday, April 10

Palm Sunday Worship

Today was Palm Sunday, and the worship service began with the proclamation of the Palm Sunday gospel from Luke 19. The scripture that was read during the service came from Zechariah 9. 

Music included the hymns All Glory, Laud, and Honor and When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, as well as a choral anthem entitled Jerusalem, My Happy Home.

Here is a video of the service (click "read more"), beneath which is a transcript of the sermon in its entirety.

Sunday, April 3

Lent 5 Worship

Today was the Fifth Sunday in Lent. Our call to worship was Psalm 126 and our opening hymn was In the Cross of Christ I Glory. Our scripture reading was John 12:1-8. The choir returned to the chancel for the first time in over two years, and sang We Are Not Alone. The sermon was on the Anointing at Bethany, particularly Jesus' saying, "The poor you will always have with you." We also celebrated the Lord's Supper.

Below is a video of the service (click "read more"), and beneath that is a transcript of today's sermon.