August 20, 2014


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August 2014 Worship Notes

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art-fantasy-wallpaper_147August 3 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Communion | Give-a-Meal | Guest SpeakerRev. Dr. K. Jesurathnam, Professor of the Old Testament at The United Theological College in Benson Town, Bangalore, India.

Theme: “As a theologian in the making, he was introduced to Dalit Hermeneutics. Ever since, he has been attempting to interpret the Bible (particularly the Old Testament) and relate it to the Dalits. His aim is to make people understand that the Bible can be seen as a tool to help Dalits and bring about Dalit liberation and emancipation.”

[Dalit = designation for a group of people traditionally regarded as untouchable…a mixed population, consisting of numerous social groups from all over India; a variety of languages and practice a multitude of religions…Dalits make up more than 15% percent of India's population.]


August 10  | 9:30 & 11:00am |

Psalter Lesson Psalm 105:1-4

Gospel Lesson Matthew 14:22-33

Sermon: Focused Faith…

Theme: God’s presence gives us strength. Jesus walks on water… Peter comes to Jesus also walking on water but notices the strong wind and loses focus/ability. Jesus catches him. How does this similar thing happen to us?

August 17

Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 45:1-15

Psalter Lesson: Psalm 133

Sermon: 490+

Theme: Joseph forgiving brothers for what they did to him. Tears flow. Forgiveness can be really hard work. What does scripture/experience tell us of God’s process? What is your process like?


August 24

Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 1:8-2:10

Psalter Lesson: Psalm 124

Sermon: Fear Factor

Theme: Hebrew midwives instructed to not let baby boys live. Midwives are motivated by fear and/or love to the babies live. What motivates you? Where does your courage come from? How does the Holy enter into your emotions?


August 31 – One Family Worship at 10:00am – under the tree at lower playground

Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 3:1-15

Psalter Lesson: Psalm 23

Epistle Lesson: Romans 12:9-21

Sermon: Holy Ground

Theme: The call of Moses – at the burning bush.

Stories of holy places – in scripture and in our life together/separately.

(echoes from the August newsletter)


Choir Call Fall 2014

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Every year in September when the choir returns to our 9:30 service, I invariably hear many people say how great it is to have them back. I agree! I miss them over the summer, and I think everyone else does too. They provide a very important ministry as they sing hymns and anthems which enrich our understanding of the Scriptures and move us as only music can.

Have you ever thought about joining our ranks? If you enjoy singing, we would love to have you sing with us. The choir is a warm and welcoming group—we work hard, have fun, and enjoy making music together. Our rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m., and we sing for the 9:30 worship service on Sundays, with a warm up at 8:45. Child care is provided on Wednesday evenings and before the service on Sundays. This fall our rehearsals begin on Wednesday, August 27, and we will sing for the 9:30 worship services beginning on Sunday, September 7. We very much need additional singers! If you would like to join us, please contact Barbara Raedeke at, or just come to the first rehearsal on August 27. You will be most welcome!

Orchestra Rehearsal

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Orchestra Rehearsal

Sunday, July 20 | 6:30 – 8:00pm | Heritage Room

The Parkway Church Orchestra will rehearse this evening from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the Heritage Room. Additional players are welcome to join us!

July 2014 Worship Notes

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laceandchicoryJuly 6

Scripture: Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Sermon: A Lighter Load

Theme: Why we do what we do? Knowing yourself; Self-esteem; self-reflection; giving self a break; being accountable; laying down burdens; carrying a lighter load.


July 13

Scripture: Psalm 119:105-112; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Sermon: Planting Seeds

Theme: What we do for others – planting seeds of faith. Random and intentional acts of kindness. Our call to be disciples and scatter gifts of the Spirit. Being fertile ground for Jesus seeds.


July 20

Scripture: Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Genesis 28:10-19a

Sermon: Thin Places

Theme  Jacob’s ladder; closeness of the kingdom of God. Experiencing the Holy as closer than own breath. How do we clear path to meet God who is here/now? “Thin Places” –Theologian Marcus Borg


July 27 Guest pastor Jackie Tyler

Approved for Ordination by our St Louis Association Committee on Ministry: Preparation. Jackie is a member of Glory to Glory Christian Church – United Church of Christ in St Louis.

June 2014 Worship Notes

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poppy fielJune 1 | One Family Worship at 10:00am followed by Annual Meeting

Scripture: Psalm 68:1-10; Acts 1:6-14

Message: Continuing Jesus’ Work


June 8 | 9:30am & 11:00am  | Pentecost

Scripture: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Acts 2:1-17; 1Corinthians 12:3b-13

Message: Not the Same

Theme: The Holy Spirit came as a gift to all the people—across a wide range of language, culture. What overlaps do we have with other Christians and other human beings? What are our distinctives? Identity statements.


June 15 | 9:30am & 11:00am

Scripture: Psalm 8, 15-16; Matthew 28:16-20

Message: Obey

Theme: Psalm is about the Creator’s power and some has been shared with us. Gospel lesson is where Jesus shares his authority and mission with the disciples and asks them to do go make disciples of others—and then Jesus promises to be with them always.


June 22 | 9:30am & 11:00am

Scripture: Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17; Matthew 10:32-39

Message: Speak Out

Theme: Who is Jesus to us and how do we share him with others? When-where-how do we speak from our faith? How do we discern?


June 29| One Family Worship at 10:00am

Scripture: Psalm 47; Acts 1:1-14

Message: As You Can

Theme: Jesus tells us to be welcoming, righteous and to give a cup of cold water to those most vulnerable. We will talk about the importance of water and look at some of the scripture stories involving water.

Orchestra Rehearsal

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Orchestra _abstract_640Parkway Church Orchestra Rehearsal

Sunday, May 18 | 6:30-8:30pm | Heritage Room

Join us! All skill levels welcome!

Summer Music 2014

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During the summer months when the choir does not sing, we invite members, both adults and youth, to provide special instrumental or vocal music for the 9:30 service. If you would like to share your musical gifts with us over the summer, please speak with Barbara Raedeke or contact her at We are blessed with so many musically talented members here at Parkway, and we hope they will make this important contribution to our worship!

May 2014 Worship Notes

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Scripture: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; Luke 24: 13-35

Sermon: Interpreters

Theme: Now that we are a couple of weeks after Easter, as we look back, what does it all mean as we move ahead?


May 11

Scripture: Psalm 23; John 10:1-10

Sermon: Sheepwalker

Theme: How do we discern the Shepherd’s voice and ignore the others?


May 18

Scripture: Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; John 14:1-14

Sermon: Funerals 101

Theme: We will talk about funerals—form, function, theology.


May 25

Scripture: Psalm 66:8-20; Acts 17:22-31

Sermon: These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

Theme: We will take a look at some of the “things” of our worship space and talk through some of the meanings


June 1 | One Family Worship at 10:00am

Scripture: Psalm 68:1-10; Acts 1:6-14

Holy Week at Parkway

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holyweek2Join us for Holy Week Worship at Parkway UCC

  • April 13—Palm/Passion Sunday—9:30 & 11:00am(New Sanctuary on west side of Ballas)
  • April 17—Maundy Thursday—7:00pm in the Gathering Space (west side of Ballas)
  • April 18—Good Friday Prayers—noon in the Historic Sanctuary (east side of Ballas)
  • April 18—Good Friday Service—7:00pm (New Sanctuary on west side of Ballas)
  • April 18—Easter Prayer Vigil Begins—8:00pm details…
  • April 20—Easter Sunrise Service—6:00am (cemetery behind Historic Sanctuary)
  • April 20—Easter Worship—9:30 & 11:00am (New Sanctuary on west side of Ballas)

(Sunday School and Easter Egg Hunt for the kids)

Prayer Vigil

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PRAYER VIGILEaster Prayer Vigil 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. PUCC Devotion materials are available in the Gathering Space or on our website ( There are a great deal of helps in the booklet-even activities and discussion starters for families with children/youth. Please make a plan now so you can hit the ground running when your specific time rolls around. Sign-up on the poster in the Gathering Space or email with the hour(s) that you would be willing to be in prayer—as you can imagine, the hours from midnight to 6:00am are likely still available for both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Thank you.