Sunday, October 24

October 24 Worship

Today was a great day at Pilgrim Church. It marked the first time our bell choir had played in worship in over a year-and-a-half, and they sounded marvelous. The scripture reading was the story of Blind Bartim├Žus in Mark's gospel. 

Our hymns included O God of Vision, a newer one sung to the tune of Praise to the Lord the Almighty, which includes these words: "Break the sun's rays into color, a rainbow around us. Storm clouds, though real and near, are not enough to confound us." The final hymn was the classic Open My Eyes That I May See.

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

Sunday, October 17

October 17 Worship

Today was Chardon's first somewhat crisp autumn day of the year, and we sang songs praising God for creation. Among them: All Things Bright and Beautiful, Morning Has Broken, and This Is My Father's World. Our message was on the beginning of God's answer from the whirlwind in the Book of Job, and it concentrated on creation spirituality. Here's the complete video of today's service, followed by a manuscript of the sermon in its entirety.

Sunday, October 10

October 10 Worship

Today is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, and the scripture lesson was the story of Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-27). This encounter was one of the most important in the gospels, and was recorded by three different evangelists (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). In it, Jesus talked about the camel going through the eye of the needle. In fact, this illustrations was not only addressed in today's sermon, but also in the children's message.

Speaking of the children's message, I was surprised by the children today with an acknowledgment of Pastor Appreciation Sunday, with a giant card and lots of presents.

A video of all this can be watched below, followed by a complete transcript of today's sermon.

Sunday, October 3

World Communion Sunday Worship

Today is World Communion Sunday, when we remember that, in God's eyes, there is one table and one church, one bread and one cup, and because we drink from the same loaf and drink from the same cup, God's children, in all times and places, are one. The scripture passage is Mark 10:13-16 (Jesus blesses the little children). Our opening and closing hymns today include two relatively unfamiliar hymns to very familiar tunes: When, in Awe of God's Creation and For the Healing of the Nations. Our communion hymn is the contemporary Disciples favorite, When You Do This, Remember Me. The bread we break for communion is naan bread, made by a local Afghan refugee.

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

Sunday, September 26

September 26 Worship

Today is the first Sunday of autumn.

The scripture read in today's worship service was Mark 9:38-41. The hymns included Amazing Grace, In Christ There Is No East or West, and Pass It On. The sermon title was The Elephant in the Room, which addressed head-on two verses of scripture in which Jesus appeared to contradict himself.

Here's a complete video of the worship service, and beneath the video is a transcript of the sermon in its entirety.