February 18, 2018

Worship

Join us as together we praise our Creator on Sunday mornings. [Scroll down to view older posts.]

From Lovers to Fools

How do we go from Lovers to Fools…and why would we want to do that?

 

On Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day we are swept up in the idea that God loves us and we love God…which brings us to love one another.

 

Then we live this love for others and it gets really hard to do.

 

Jesus says, “The first will be last and the last will be first.” That makes no sense.

 

Jesus tells the story about the father and the son who wasted the father’s money…The father throws the lost son a huge party when he comes back!? Really?

 

Jesus talks about forgiving 70 times 7? I cannot even count that high—never mind forgive that often.

 

Am I really supposed to invite street people to a feast I pay for and provide?

 

And what is this advice to leave my 99 sheep and going after the 1 who was lost? WHAT?!

 

God’s love is difficult and may even seem foolish at times but we’re called to that nonetheless. Let’s bring our whole selves to this work during Lent and beyond Easter and April Fools’ Day.  

View the grid of our Lenten activities…

 

PUCC Lenten Devotion – Thursday, February 15, 2018

This will be our prayer as we gather with our whole selves at the Lenten Candles this season… extinguishing one candle each time we worship until all seven are snuffed out on Good Friday… then we will light them all again on Easter Sunday!!    

                                                                           

Holy One, we bring our whole selves to this Lenten journey – our eyes, ears, hands, voice, heart, head and feet. May I see clearly the signs of your presence and grace. May I hear and truly listen to you and to others. May my hands be ready to fill a need for someone else – and be available to receive blessing. May my arms be open to others. May my words be true – speaking up for your priorities, Holy One. May I speak up for others. May I raise my voice in song and celebration too. May my heart be open to the ways you abide there – and to the grace that allows me to abide in your heart. May my head grapple with things hard to fathom – and may I be open to new ways of understanding you and others. May my feet rest firmly on the ground so that I am rooted. May I move with the momentum of your Spirit – bringing me to people and places where I have never gone before. May I be as Christ-like as possible as I live this Lenten Journey with my whole self. Amen.

 

PUCC Lenten Devotion – February 14, 2018 – ASH WEDNESDAY

Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot were to say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear were to say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them…- 1 Corinthians 12:14-18

 

Head, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes)… eyes and ears and mouth and nose … head, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes)!

 

These lyrics to a well-known children’s song can really get stuck in your head – and in your shoulders, knees and toes …. (Apologies if I have done that to you today!)

 

It was one of the interactive songs we shared yesterday at Kidz Biz (http://kidzbizpreparatory.com/) when I was there for my weekly Ready Readers (http://www.readyreaders.org/) adventure.

 

While the preschoolers are sitting on the rug, they have one job – to focus on the book. It sounds like a simple task – just to do that one thing. But children’s bodies, minds, spirits and relationships have to all align in order for them to be present to the story being shared. There are so many ways that kids’ eyes, ears, hands, voice, heart, head and feet can be distracted.

 

As I was reminded of this truth (and challenge!) yesterday morning, I thought of you and me and us as we are beginning our Lenten Journey. We have one job – to focus on Jesus. It sounds like a simple task – just to do that one thing. But our bodies, minds, spirits and relationships have to all align in order for us to be present to Jesus. There are so many ways that our eyes, ears, hands, voice, heart, head and feet can be distracted.

 

Join us as we try a variety of ways to be more intentional this season as we go

From Lovers to Fools: Making Sense of The Lenten Journey.

(From Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day to Easter/April Fool’s Day!)

 

It all starts to tonight at 7pm in the sanctuary… http://parkwayucc.org/ash-wednesday-worship-feb-14/

 

Holy One, be patient with us as we come to Lent with our whole selves. Amen.

Ash Wednesday Worship Feb 14


Ash Wednesday Worship

Wednesday, February 14 | 7:00pm | Sanctuary

All ages are invited to join us as we begin our Lenten Journey toward Holy Week and Easter: From Lovers to Fools: Making Sense of the Lenten Journey. We celebrate the sacrament of communion and give you an opportunity to have ashes (last year’s palms) placed on your forehead or on the back of your hand. The choir sings and we hear Jesus’ words about being more faithful as recorded in Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. We will also light our Lenten candles to signify all the ways that we go From Lovers to Fools with our eyes, ears, hands, voice, heart, head and feet. Each time we worship during Lent, we will extinguish one candle as we get closer to the darkness of Good Friday. We will light all the candles again on Easter morning, as nothing can extinguish God’s light or love. This gift is to be experienced with our whole selves and shared with others abundantly.

February 2018 Worship Notes

Worship Notes – February 2018

 

Sunday, February 4

Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

The Power of Prayer and Poetry

Reminders of what God says to us and does with us… we can carry around these reminders in our hearts and our pockets to share with ourselves and one another. Prepare to receive these blessings for others as well – whether you speak the same language or not.

Communion at our Open Table

Voices of Grace sing

SOUPer Bowl Collection

Give-A-Meal Sunday

 

Sunday, February 11

Transfiguration Sunday

From the Mountain to the Valley Below – and Back Again

2Kings 2:1-12; Matthew 17:1-8

Elisha promises Elijah that he will not leave him.

Peter wants to stay on the mountaintop with Jesus, Moses and Elijah but he has to go back to the people in the valley below of they’ll never know that they can go to sacred places such as this. Light and warmth and spirit and inspiration and revelation!

Faith Sharing by member Kevin Hogarty (Council President)

 

Ash Wednesday — February 14 at 7pm

Joel 2:1, 12-16; Psalm 51:1-17; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Lovers to Fools: Making Sense of the Lenten Journey

Imposition of Ashes for those interested to mark our humanity, humility and holiness as we begin our Lenten Journey alone and together.

We will be intentional about using all of our whole selves to be Christ-like in our words, ways and actions this season.

Sacrament of Communion at our open table

 

Sunday, February 18

Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; Mark 1:9-15

From Lovers to Fools with Our Eyes

We see the rainbow after the flood. We see the dove descending as Jesus comes up out of the water at his baptism. We see the wild animals and the angels with Jesus in the wilderness this 40 days. What do you see then and there? Now and here?

We will light our Lenten Candles and hear about our Second Mile Lent Offering.

 

Sunday, February 25

Psalm 22:23-31; genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

From Lovers to Fools with our Ears

What Bible stories from the Hebrew Bible do you think may have been important and influential to Jesus as he was growing up? As you look at your life and the life of our faith community, what stories of the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels shine through?

Special Saturday Service Feb 3

Special Saturday Service Sat, Feb 3 | 5:00pm | Historic Sanctuary

The theme of our Special Saturday Service is Healing and focuses on the scripture of Mark 1:29-39. The Voices of Grace will sing. We are pleased to announce that Colleen Haviland will be our musician for the service playing musical selections on the harp and piano. The service follows with continued discussion of the scripture content and meaning to us, while sharing a meal together of soup and salad—provided for you by Membership Care. The focus, scripture content of this special service will be different than the February 4 Sunday service in the new sanctuary.

 

Every quarter the Worship Commission has organized a special service to gauge the congregation’s interest in another time and type of worship. A sunset service is planned for Sunday, May 6, so we can view and enjoy the magnificent stained glass windows in our sanctuary while the sun sets. A meal is being planned prior to this service. More details will be forthcoming. 

 

In addition, we are in the early planning stages of a Taize service in the Historic Sanctuary. This form of worship was started in Taize, France following World War II to help promote healing following the war. A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and icons. There is no preaching. Typically the altar is filled with lighted candles. More details to be provided soon.

 

This Sunday’s Worship 1-28-2018

Annual Congregational Meeting will focus on our dreams for our 2018 ministry. Our Commissions and Church Council have been working on the budget for several months. The Stewardship Commission and Treasurer facilitated a couple of conversations on the proposed budget during Adult Education last Sunday. It’s time for all of us to discuss and discern together. [Children will be with Barb Kuhlmann during the meeting – preparing something to share during worship!]

One Family Worship will follow immediately after the vote to adjourn the congregational meeting. Our scripture passages are Deuteronomy 18:15-20 (God’s words speak through prophets) and Mark 1:21-28 (Jesus teaching and healing with authority and effectiveness) with a sermon entitled Prophets Wanted. We will conclude with God Made from One Love All the Families of the Earth – a new hymn with fresh lyrics and a familiar tune (Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise). 

Vitality Luncheon and Strategizing will kick-off right away in Fellowship Hall (childcare after lunch). We began this exciting journey in September with a church-wide retreat led by consultant Rev. John Wimberly. Almost 100 of you  later took part in drafting, discussing and revising a new Purpose Statement:

Parkway United Church of Christ strives to be an inclusive community embracing:

  • spiritual nourishment
  • open-minded inquiry
  • courageous action, and
  • interfaith partnerships

to fulfill God’s calling to create a just world for all.

Goals that have emerged from this statement via the Vitality Planning Team:

  1. Create and maintain a more inclusive community.
  2. Develop opportunities for spiritual nourishment and inquiry that meets a wide variety of needs.
  3. Take on courageous mission and community activities.
  4. Engage in interfaith partnerships to create a just world for all.
  5. Craft a leadership and organizational structure which is inclusive, sustainable, and flexible and aligns with our purpose.

Now we move ahead with creating strategies to make these goals realities! Yes!

[A goal is the result we want to accomplish while a strategy is the method by which the goal is achieved. Goals are the end. Strategies are the means to that end.] 

We need your help to create the strategies under each goal this Sunday. Surely we will come up with all kinds of great ideas! The Vitality Planning Team will then meet with our consultant to prioritize the strategies. After this, we will create teams to GO & DO!

 

Questions about this process? Please reach out to our Vitality Co-chairs:

Mark Sableman (msableman@att.net); Karen Boyd (kkseib@gmail.com); or

Doug Dischinger (doug@cwreains.com).

 

We look forward to being with you on Sunday at 10am! Please remind others!

January 2018 Worship Notes

 

January 7   Epiphany

Meditation   A great epiphany: I found out that I’m totally confused and I’m good with that. I’m consistently inconsistent. I’m all of the above. I’m OK. I’m a work in progress. That’s my next tattoo somewhere. – Ronnie Dunn

Introit

Scripture      Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12

Anthem

Sermon        We Are Three +

Theme         We are light, gold, frankincense, myrrh. We are Herod, wise ones. We are rising, sent, overwhelmed, stopped, entering… we are a great deal

Music ?        #66 We Three Kings

#53 What Child is This?

#29 Go, Tell it on the Mountain

Special         Communion

 

January 14

Meditation   Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit

convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others. – Coretta Scott King

Introit

Scripture      1 Samuel 3:1-10; John 1:43-51

Anthem

Sermon        Can You Hear Me Now?

Theme         Three weeks after Christmas – what is the work of Christmas.

Jesus says ‘Follow me.’ Hearing the call to get up and go!

How do we listen to the call from the Holy and one another?

Music ?        Will You Come and Follow Me?

Lift Every Voice and Sing

#525 Here I Am, Lord

(verse from Lead Me, Guide Me somewhere as a response)

Special         MLK Jr Wknd; Faith Sharing by Member/Friend

 

January 21

Meditation   Come. There is a way to be good again… –  Khaled Hosseini

Introit

Scripture      Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Mark 1:14-20

Anthem

Sermon        Second Chances

Theme         It wasn’t that Jonah didn’t hear God, he decided to ignore God and go in the opposite direction of where God called him to go. We have choices all the time as we consider which ways to go – and we can turn and return as well. How did the disciples discern whether or not to follow Jesus? Was does it mean to be ‘immediately’ as the Gospel says?

Music ?        #377 Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore (different version?)

#388/389 O Jesus, I Have Promised

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

Special

 

January 28 One Family Worship 10am – Annual Mtg immediately following

Meditation   When the words of prophets seem repetitive, that should rivet our attention. – Henry B. Eyring

Introit

Scripture      Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Mark 1:21-28

Anthem

Sermon        Prophets Wanted

Theme         God is calling people/groups to be prophetic all over the place –

across time and place … quotes and inspirations from prophets

Music ?        #504 Draw Us in The Spirit’s Tether

#521 You Satisfy the Hungry Heart

#339 Be Thou My Vision

God Made From One Blood All The Families Of Earth

Special         Annual Meeting

 

 

Four Ways to Christmas: Christmas Eve Worship at Parkway

Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24

10:00am worship Four Ways to Christmas—The hope, peace, joy and love of Advent are coming to fruition! Join us as we receive the gift of Jesus. We will sing Christmas carols and reflect on how and why God has come to live among us. Celebrate!

 

4:30pm Family Friendly Worship—A lively and spirited service with Nativity scriptures, carols and contemporary reflections. We will sing Silent Night by candlelight as we prepare to go out into this holy night.

 

7:30pm Candlelight & Communion—This traditional service includes the Christmas Gospel, choir, carols as we ponder what this love story means for us today. We will share Communion at our open table and sing Silent Night by candlelight.

Decorate the Church with Beautiful Poinsettias

Please share your Christmas spirit by purchasing a beautiful poinsettia to decorate the Sanctuary this Christmas Season. Sign up in the Gathering Space. (Please make out your check to PUCC with “flowers” in the memo section: $7.00 for each poinsettia.) Thank you for your support in purchasing these flowers.