Worship

In-Person Worship Information schedule

Sunday Worship Services: Indoors at 8:00 a.m. and Outdoors at 10:15 a.m.

Note: the 8:00 a.m. service will be live-streamed online.

 

Online Worship Information schedule

Virtual Sunday Worship Service: Sunday mornings, 8:00 a.m.

Note: all the online services are recorded and accessed through YouTube so they can be viewed at the appointed time or later, according to your schedule. More details of these events and additional information can be found on our Home webpage.

 

Lectionary Resources

 

Sunday, July 25, 2021 - Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Today is the first of five Sundays with gospel readings from John 6, the first four of which
focus on Jesus as bread of life. Today Jesus feeds thousands of people with five loaves and two fish. What we have, what we bring to Jesus’ table, seems like it is not nearly enough to meet all the needs we see around us. But it is not the adequacy of our supplies or our skills that finally makes the difference: it is the power of Jesus working in the littlest and least to transform this world into the world God desires, a world where all the hungry are satisfied. Edited from
Sundays and Seasons

 

August 1: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Apparently not satisfied by Jesus’ feeding of thousands, some who were there press him for a sign of his power; perhaps it is daily manna they want. As always in John’s gospel when people want a sign, Jesus offers himself. He is the bread come from heaven to give life to the world. He calls us to come to him and believe in him, and through that relationship to know the one who sent him. Edited from Sundays and Seasons

August 8: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians Paul tells us what this life Jesus gives us looks like, this life we live as those marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit in baptism. We live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. The whole purpose of life is giving yourself for the other. Edited from Sundays and Seasons

August 15: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Wisdom prepares a feast, sets her table, and invites all to come and eat her bread and drink her wine. The first chapter of John’s gospel owes much to the biblical tradition that imagined Wisdom as existing before anything was created and having a role in the work of creation. Christ, the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24), today invites us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. John’s gospel includes no account of the institution of the Lord’s supper, but here we can't help hearing Jesus’ words as an invitation to the meal of bread and wine we share. Edited from Sundays and Seasons

August 22: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
In today’s gospel many people take offense at Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh and drink his blood; even many of Jesus’ disciples peel off. This is the backdrop in John’s gospel for Peter’s confession of faith. “To whom can we go?” asks Peter, in words we sometimes sing just before the gospel is read. “You have the words of eternal life.” In order to take such a stand, as Peter and Joshua did, Paul tells us to arm ourselves with the word of God. We pray in the Spirit that we might be bold ambassadors of the gospel. Edited from Sundays and Seasons

August 29: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart. Last week Jesus told us “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63). Now James says God has given us birth by the word of truth. We who were washed in the word when we were born in the font return to it every Sunday to ask God to create in us clean hearts. Edited from Sundays and Seasons

 

Tips for online worship

  1. Set up your space. Light a candle, put out your favorite plate and cup for communion, turn off other distractions.
  2. Worship with someone if you are comfortable. Set up the tablet or TV in your garage or on your porch for safe, social distant worship with a friend or two. We have Outdoor Small Group Guidelines you can use for this!
  3. Share the worship link! Send our worship link to your friends via email or on Facebook. Who ever imagined Evangelism might be that simple?

Having trouble with the online worship?

  1. Try refreshing the window or app you are using.

  2. Close other open windows or apps.

  3. Check your internet speed. You can check your speed using any computer or smartphone at fast.com. YouTube TV recommends a minimum internet speed of 3 Mbps to stream a standard definition video, 7 Mbps to stream video on one device in high definition, and at least 13 Mbps to stream on multiple devices. 

  4. If you have issues during livestream worship (between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.) which are not resolved or explained by any of these, try waiting until 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. to worship.

Worship bulletins and announcement can be found on the homepage. We hope this will help release some of the stress and unease of this time and remind us all of the love of Christ through our community.

 

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