November 24, 2017

Worship

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April 2016 Worship Notes

April 3 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Communion| Give-a-Meal

Scripture: Psalm 150; John 20:19-31

Message: Peace Breath

Century gothic: Jesus comes to the disciples breathing peace. He could have been angry, frustrated, spiteful about what has happened… but instead he was in peace—so much that he was able to exude that and breathe it onto the disciples. He comes back 8 days later to give them another dose (booster shot?) and to include Thomas who had not been there on Easter night.

 

April 10 | Youth Musical Sunday (11:00am)

Scripture: Psalm 30; John 21:1-19

Message: Breakfast with Jesus

Century gothic: Another Post-Resurrection appearance from Jesus. He is on the shore offering fishing advice as the disciples are not having much luck. Jesus has the opportunity to talk with Peter about his denial of Jesus x3 before the cock crowed twice…tend my sheep…follow me.

 

April 17

Scripture: Psalm 23; Acts 9:36-43

Message: “Tabitha, get up!”

Century gothic: Early church—Peter raises Tabitha/Dorcas from the dead. What disciples are capable of just leapt exponentially. How can we partner with the Holy to do the impossible too? Surely we are limited?

 

April 24

Scripture: Psalm 148; Acts 11:1-18

Message: Standing in God’s Way

Century gothic: Living into this early church, Peter has a vision of inclusion. He believed he was going to bring the Spirit to a people—but the Spirit was already there. How can we stand in God’s way? We are called to notice the Spirit, plug into it and multiply its impact in how we partner. (Double meaning of sermon title.)

March 2016 Worship Notes

Mar 6 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Lenten Candle: Flexibility| Give-a-Meal
Scripture: Psalm 32; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Message: Flexibility for Lent
Theme: The Prodigal Son story…none of them were experiencing the kind of life that they had expected. Jesus’ stories always have a “flip.”

Mar 13 | Lenten Candle: Receptivity
Scripture: Isaiah 43:16-21; John 12:1-8
Message: Receptivity for Lent
Theme: The Gospel shows Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with very expensive perfume. The disciples rebuke her but Jesus defends her extravagant hospitality. What is this privilege and perfume all about?

Mar 20 | Palm Sunday | Lenten Candle: Advocacy
Scripture: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40
Message: Advocacy for Lent
Theme: Gospel Message: is of Jesus asking the disciples to go into the city to retrieve a donkey for him to ride. Then they spread their cloaks and palms along the ground for him to travel on…How do we make room for others and help them get what they need?

Mar 24 | Maundy Thursday | 7:00pm | Lenten Candle: Generosity
Scripture: Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14; John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Message: Generosity for Holy Week
Theme: The Ancient Hebrew people were justice minded and cared for others. Jesus takes that history and brings it alive with the foot washing and communion…and asks us to do the same.

Mar 25 | Good Friday | noon & 7:00pm | Lenten Candle: Darkness
Scripture: Psalm 22; John 18-19 selected verses
Message: Snuffed Out

Mar 27 | Easter | Sunrise, 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 118; John 20:1-18
Message: Sunrise: Tipping Point | 9:30 & 11:00: Aramaic Teacher
Theme: Sunrise: There is a point where suddenly there is more of one thing than the other…this story is dark and dread and grief then comes back to life and light and love. 9:30 & 11:00: What Jesus taught us during Lent and Holy Week.

 

February 2016 Worship Notes

Feb 7 | 10:00am | Transfiguration Sunday | Communion | Give-a-Meal
Scripture: Exodus 34:29-35; Luke 9:28-36
Message: Something to Look At!
Theme: Transfiguration

Feb 10 | 7:00pm | Ash Wednesday
Scripture: Joel 2, selected verses, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Message: A List for Lent
Theme: Jesus talks about some faith practices. We have made a list for this Lent and will be intentional about this time and space that has been carved out for us. Our attention will be on Scripture:, our own experience, Jesus’s story as well as the history and now of our congregation and denomination … courage, vulnerability, patience, flexibility, receptivity, advocacy and generosity.

Feb 14 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Lent 1
Scripture: Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Luke 4:1-13
Message: Courage for Lent
Theme: Jesus is tempted in the wilderness. We must have courage and self-determination to stay sturdy and focused. It’s important to know what we are up against and struggling with on regular basis. God’s presence gives us courage in the midst of every challenge/opportunity.

Feb 21 | 9:30am & 11:00am |Lent 2
Scripture: Psalm 27
Message: Vulnerability for Lent
Theme: The Psalmist acknowledges some of the realities of life then/now. If we are honest, we are vulnerable to a great many things—and being being vulnerable and honest before the Holy will fill us with what we need to thrive. We place ourselves in God’s care because we trust.

Feb 28 | 4:30pm & 7:30pm | Lent 3
Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-9; Luke 13:6-9
Message: Patience for Lent
Theme: Jesus tells the story of a fig tree that has not produced fruit for three years. Should they cut it down or fertilize it and wait one more year? We have a God of many chances. How do we wait for God and how do we live patiently for one another?

 

January 2016 Worship Notes

Jan 3 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Epiphany | Communion | Give-a-Meal
Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-23
Message: Walk in the Light
Theme: The wise men follow the star to the Christ Child. The Wise Ones are warned in a dream to go home by a different road. An angel comes to the Holy family and tells them to flee to Egypt in fear of Herod’s wrath. How do we decide where to go and when? What if we don’t have a choice? Mary & Joseph and Jesus are refugees fleeing their home. What does this mean for our faith and practices?

Jan 10 | 9:30am & 11:00am
Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7; Matthew 3:11-17
Message: Water, River, Spirit, Grace
Theme: Reassurance upon reassurance in the readings. Jesus baptized by John—even though John didn’t feel worthy. The Spirit of God descends and brings grace.

Jan 17| 9:30am & 11:00am
Scripture: Isaiah 62:1-5; 1Corinthians 12:1-11
Message: Overlap
Theme: Spiritual gifts—we all have them…how to discern? What to do with them and how to grow them in self and others. How the Spirit builds community as gifts overlap—common spaces.

Jan 24| 4:30pm & 7:30pm
Scripture: Psalm 19; Luke 4:14-21
Message: Extensions of the Spirit
Theme: Jesus in the synagogue reading from Isaiah—his purpose: preach good news to poor; proclaim release to prisoners; recovery of sight to blind; liberate the oppressed; proclaim year of Lord’s favor. Where are these things happening? How are you giving/receiving these gifts?

Jan 31| 10:00am One Family Worship | Communion
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10; 1Corinthians 13:1-13
Message: Choice Vocabulary
Theme: Jeremiah lesson about the strength of Gods’ love for us. New Testament lesson about how we are to love one another. What are the words we use to express our commitment and what words do we stay away from?

Break the Silence Sunday April 24

Break the Silence Sunday April 24

Say the words. Work for Change. Support the Survivors.

In the United States, every 107 seconds someone is sexually assaulted.

The survivors of those assaults are our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and members of our congregation. They need us to help them speak out, to create a place where they can share their stories without fear, and without judgment.

Join us for Break The Silence Sunday on April 24 at 11:00am Informal Worship Service.

In worship we will acknowledge the painful reality of rape and sexual violence. We learn about the stories of survivors, trusting in the good news of God’s love, and we will commit ourselves to being a listening people, and a people dedicated to changing the reality of violence in the world.

This service may be difficult and challenging.

Some parents may not want their young children to be present.

Please take time to prepare yourself. Ask God for the strength to open your heart and mind, that we might support all the survivors who are part of our church, our community, and the world.

If you have questions about the service, please contact Kevin 314-872-9330; kevin@parkwayucc.org

Church Orchestra Rehearsal 3rd Sundays

parkwayorchestra1Third Sunday of the month | 6:30-8:00pm | Choir Room

The Parkway Church Orchestra continues with its third Sunday monthly rehearsals. Concerts are normally in August and December. We are seeking more instrumentalists (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion) to join us. We will meet in the Choir Room. If you have not participated recently, please contact Roger Fagerberg at 314-878-7646 or at rrfagerberg@hotmail.com for needed information.

Holy Week 2017

Palm Sunday: April 9 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Feel the excitement as Jesus comes into Jerusalem. Wave your palm, listen to scripture that sets the scene for the week, receive the sacrament of communion at our open table. As Jesus enters in, how will we welcome and spend time with him this Holy Week—so that we can become more like him?

Maundy Thursday Service: April 13 | 7:00pm
Join us in the Gathering Space for a simple soup supper as we hear about the Passover that Jesus and the disciples were in the city to celebrate. We will ask God to let some of this Holy Week pass us by. Gather at our open table to receive the incredible gift of communion—which will sustain us in these next days of challenge.

Good Friday Prayers: April 14 | noon | Historic Sanctuary
Enter into the heaviness on this day of trial, tribulation, crucifixion. The organ will play and we will observe some silence. We will hear scripture and poetry and reflect on this last day.

Good Friday Service: April 14 | 7:00pm | New Sanctuary
Absorbing Even This! We will imagine the unthinkable and come out on the other side. On the darkest night, we will remind ourselves of the depths of God’s love for us. The Choir and Voices of Grace will sing and we will be aware of light and shadow tonight.

Easter Prayer Vigil: April 14 | Good Friday through Easter Sunrise!
Please sign up to be in prayer for at least one of the 36 hours at your home—not at church. Devotion materials will be available in the Gathering Space or on our website (parkwayucc.org). There are a great deal of helps in this booklet—even activities and discussion starters for families with children/youth. Please make a plan—which may include a walk through the Devotion booklet—so you can hit the ground running when your specific time rolls around.

Easter Sunrise Service: April 16 | 6:00am | Elm Lawn Cemetery
(Behind the Historic Sanctuary across the street)
Gathering in the darkness like the women did long, long ago, we will be literally warmed and encouraged by the “new fire.” The Day of Resurrection will dawn on us as we see the empty tomb and decide for ourselves what we’ll do next.

Easter Worship: April 16 | 9:30 Traditional & 11:00am Informal
Lilies all around, snuffed Lenten candles now ablaze again, fresh flowers being placed in the cross, stirring music in the air, eager kids everywhere you look…Come celebrate the most important day of the year! We will experience the turning and returning of Mary and a couple of the disciples at the tomb. It has been a season of deepening our Christ-like identity. Lean in toward God! [Special Easter activities for the kids during worship—Easter Egg Hunt after both services.]

Lessons & Carols Dec 13

lessons_7336cJoin Sunday, December 13, at 9:30am for a service of Lessons and Carols (instrumental prelude begins at 9:20).  The service includes Scripture readings from the Gospels and the Hebrew Scriptures along with choral and instrumental music by American, Canadian, English, French, German, and Italian composers. Please join us for this special musical celebration of the Christmas story.

December 2015 Worship Notes

Dec 6 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Communion Give-a-Meal | Advent 2: Peace
Scripture: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 3:1-6
Message: Peace Places Please
Theme: How do we plant peace, nurture it, protect it, help it to thrive and spread? Turning toward God, not away—can multiply peace.

Dec 13 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Lessons & Carols | Pageant | Advent 3: Joy
Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7
Message: Joy Lasts
Theme: Allow deep abiding joy to push out other things—including fear, worry, anger and more.

Dec 20| 9:30am & 11:00am | Advent 4: Love
Scripture: Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:39-45; Luke 1:47-55
Message: Mary’s Love Song
Theme: Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth and sings about what is happening in and through her…and what it means for the ways we experience and share love.

Dec 24| 4:30pm & 7:30pm | Christmas Eve
Scripture: Isaiah 9 (selected verses); Psalm 96; Luke 2:1-20
Message: Step by Step | The Gifts We Are

 

Dec 27| 10:00am One Family Worship | Communion
Scripture: Psalm 148; Luke 2:41-52
Message: The Magic of 12
Theme: Here in these 12 days of Christmas, having just celebrated Jesus’ birth, we have him as a 12 year old. What has he experienced in these first dozen years as a young middle eastern Jewish man that may be similar and different from what we have experienced in our contexts.

November 2015 Worship Notes

November 1 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Give-a-Meal | All Saints
Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9; John 11:32-44
Message: Yesterday
Theme: Our Hebrew Lesson is most comforting and reassuring. Our Gospel Lesson is a story of commitment and hope among siblings Mary, Martha and Lazarus. There is a death and grief and then celebration.

November 8 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 112; Mark 12:38-44
Message: It’s All Relative
Theme: Scriptures about generosity. What is enough to share? What is enough to keep? When does it hurt? When does it help

November 15 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 127; Mark 13:1-8
Message: The Church Building
Theme: How the relationships within the building strengthen the structure. What causes a structure to crumble? What is our vision? What are we building?

November 22 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Variety of Psalms – 1, 8, 23, 63, 91, 92, 107, 121, 139, 148, 150
Message: Faith Expressions
Theme: Giving thanks for the gifts of faith throughout day, season, year.Writing our own psalm.

November 29 | 10:00am | Advent | One Family Worship
Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; Luke 21: 25-36
Message: Give Us Hope
Theme: There are signs and symbols, words and wonders that lead us forward. How can we catch the momentum of the Holy this Advent?