Unfortunately, the outdoor service planned for September 13 has been cancelled to ensure the utmost safety of our church family members.
A critical member of our worship team has been in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual prior to last Sunday. This has potentially exposed that individual and our whole worship team to the virus. With this in mind, we will not gather this Sunday for our 9:30 am parking lot worship or live streaming.
I will prepare a brief video for worship that we will share with you on our YouTube Channel on Sunday morning.
In addition, this is a good Sunday to link to one of our synod's churches for worship through our NC Synod web page. A link to a listing of NC congregation websites is provided if you tap the button below.
In Christ's love,
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Crossed UP? Is this a phrase that is in your dictionary? If you are breathing, I am guessing that you have recently or are at this very moment being Crossed UP by something.
Recently many college students were Crossed UP by the fact that the Covid-19 virus began to spread on their campuses. Their vision of this semester and their current reality got frustrated by the spread of the virus and the need to keep themselves and others safe. Others have found themselves being Crossed UP by hurricanes, wildfires, or something more positive like new relationships and experiences. Pretty much daily, there is something that we view as “good” or “bad” that crosses us up in life.
Over the next weeks, our worship services will be focusing on how Jesus’ life and message cross us up and invite us into a deeper, more robust, life of discipleship. When Jesus crosses us up, it is not always pleasant. Sometimes, there is an internal wrestling that occurs because our perspectives need to be enlarged and our lives need to be reshaped to see his kingdom ways and to stay on the path with him. We have an example of this in our Gospel for this Sunday. Jesus tells Peter to “Get behind me Satan, for you are setting your mind on human things and not divine things.” Throughout the coming month, Jesus’ life and messages will Cross UP our lives toward a call to greater community, forgiveness, generosity, and mercy; This is a call that we will need to direct us as pandemics, natural disasters, multiple choices for our lives, exciting new beginnings, painful endings, and millions other things cross us up in our life’s journey and make us wonder what our next step should be.
Join Pastor Debbie and Susan Norris for Centering Prayer via zoom on Tuesdays, beginning August 25 at 10 am or 7:30 pm.
Centering Prayer is based on the wisdom saying of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: “But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.” MT 6:6 It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth on the meaning of them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
Our sessions, which include a liturgy, Scripture, a brief contemplative reading, and meditation, will last approximately 40 minutes. While some people attend a workshop first as an introduction to the method of Centering Prayer, it is not a requirement to join us.
As we begin gathering for in person worship either outdoors or inside, the duties of our ushers will change from what they have been in the past.
In addition to welcoming folks to worship, ushers will now also help us keep safety protocols to ensure everyone’s safety at worship. We would love to have you serve as an usher, help us maintain safety, and ensure that everyone receives a generous welcome.
Sandy Gehl is our usher coordinator for our 8:30am service. Bill Staton is our usher coordinator at 11am. Please be in touch with them or the church office to sign up to serve as an usher. Thank you so much!
Sunday School class for September 13th, 20th, and 27th:
The joy of celebration- In the times that we are living in, where can we find the joy of celebration. We will consider Richard Foster’s discussion of the practice of Celebration from his book, The Celebration of Discipline, and see where this faith practice leads us to take a new direction in our lives as disciples. The class will meet by Zoom and be facilitated by Pastor Debbie
The Rev, Carrie Bishop will lead a six week study covering six sections of the book, starting on September 16th with Sepphoris 16-17 CE. Discussions will be on Wednesday mornings at 11:30 from Sept 16 through Oct 21. Zoom information will be provided next week.
Sue Monk Kidd is the award winning author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings and the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates.
This, her fourth novel is "grounded in meticulous research handwritten with a reverential approach to Jesus's life that focuses on his humanity".
Sue Monk Kidd's narrative gifts are woven into an "audacious" tale of a young 1st century woman who prays that God will "bless the largeness inside her no matter how she fears it." Ana's dying wish is that they may say, "she was a voice."
It was rare for women to have a voice in Jesus's era. That is what makes this novel so compelling!
Come join me as we explore the twisted turns of Ana's life through the rigid parameters of patriarchy under Roman rule and within the Hebrew faith. Find a side of Jesus you never knew! Fall in love again as we follow this unlikely coming of age story, starting with a scarlet thread and woven into a beautiful tapestry that brings the lives of Ana and Jesus on a path one could never imagine.
I promise our discussion will not only bless Ana, but bless the largeness in each of us as well.
Watch here for upcoming information about a new Book Study lead by
Rev. Melissa Harr on Ken Sande's The Peacemaker
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