(updated October 23)
Sunday October 25 – Consecration Sunday
We welcome our guest preacher for Consecration Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Sathianathan Clarke, who holds the Bishop Sundo Kim Chair for World Christianity, and is Professor of Theology, Culture and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Sunday October 25 - Last Regular Outdoor Worship
Today is our final regular Sunday outdoor worship for the year. Register here.
This outdoor, weekly service of Holy Communion, began the first Sunday of August and has continued. Many thanks to all who participated, and especially, our sincere thanks to Angela and Chris Becek for providing most of the set-up and take-down each Sunday that enabled us to hold this worship service in our back parking lot!
Much of our news these days is alarming. Division, disease, dissent, and disrespect seem to rule the day. In his timely book, Love is the Way, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael J. Curry, shares a vision of life for Christians and non-Christians that embraces the ethic of Jesus: “love your neighbor… love your enemy”. In November, Rev. Wray and I will be sharing some of the insights of Curry’s book, along with our and others’ thoughts on 1 Corinthians 13 – Paul’s “more excellent way”, the way of love. “Love is the way” is a back-to-basics reminder of what it means for you and me to live out our faith in troubled times, instead of allowing the world to “squeeze you into its own mould” (Romans 12:2, JB Phillips NT). Instead of being conformed to our culture, Christ calls you and me to join his work to transform the world! And, love is the way.
All Saints Sunday
On Sunday, November 1, we celebrate “All Saints Sunday”. This ancient tradition invites us to remember those loved ones who have preceded us in death; especially those whose Christian faith made a deep impression upon us. In worship, we’ll continue our tradition of the past 12 years of lighting a candle for our church members who have deceased since last All Saints Sunday; and we will light candles for our own loved ones who have died.
For those worshiping at home, prepare your worship space with your own special candle(s) to light at the appropriate time. Use the chat feature, or texting, to let us know who you would like to hold in remembrance. Our livestream worship will include sharing these names and lighting a candle in our sanctuary.
For those participating in our in-person morning worship, we’ll be lighting candles of remembrance, one at a time, as we name our loved ones
For those who would like to come to the church but not worship inside, we’ll have a socially-distanced opportunity outside, to remember loved ones and to light a candle at our outdoor altar table. This will be set up near our W Market Street entrance to the sanctuary.
Last, we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion during both worship services and invite those at home to join in by preparing your bread and grape juice. Those who join us for our in-person worship will have the option of receiving our pre-packaged communion elements to take home.