October 20, 2014

Worship

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Church Orchestra Rehearsal 10/19

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3rd Sundays | 6:30-8:00pm | Heritage Room

The Parkway Church Orchestra continue its monthly rehearsals. We will be rehearsing Christmas music. We are seeking more instrumentalists (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion) to join us. If you have not participated recently, please contact Roger Fagerberg at 314-878-7646 or at rrfagerberg@hotmail.com for needed information.

October 2014 Worship Notes

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Autumn BackgroundOctober 5 | 9:30am & 11:00am | World Communion Sunday | Give-a-Meal
Scripture: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Message: Playing by the Rules
Theme: The Ten Commandments…what Jesus said about them…How
are we rule followers and rule benders with the Spirit?

October 12 | 9:30am & 11:00am
Scripture: Philippians 4:1-9
Message: Just Do It
Theme: Words of encouragement to the faith community—how to be in synch with the Spirit…how to be faithful and how to grow the community.

October 19 | 9:30am & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 99; Matthew 22:15-22
Message: Flip of the Coin
Theme: “Should we pay taxes to Caesar or not?” What belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God? What are our priorities? Where are our allegiances? The clash of Christ and Culture.

October 26 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Reformation Sunday
Scripture: Psalm 90:1-6, Matthew 22:34-40
Message: It Starts with Love of Self
Theme: Jesus said to love God with all we have—and to love neighbor
as ourselves—so we have to start with love of self.

Church Orchestra Rehearsal 9/21

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3rd Sundays | 6:30-8:00pm | Heritage Room

The Parkway Church Orchestra resumes its monthly rehearsals. We are rehearsing Christmas music. We are seeking more instrumentalists (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion) to join us. If you have not participated recently and would like to, contact us.

An Invitation to One Family Worship this Sunday 8/31

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This Sunday, August 31, is a 5th Sunday of the month – a One Family Worship!…which will take place outside in the shade under a wonderful old tree on our lower playground on the north side of the building. Thinking outside the box! Loving nature! One of the things we try to do with some of these One Family Sundays is to experiment with worship and respond to requests and suggestions. We appreciate your willingness to experience the Holy and community in a variety of ways. It helps expand the spirits of our children/youth/adults as it attracts new people.

Our scripture lessons are Exodus 3:1-15 when Moses takes off his sandals because he meets with God on holy ground at the burning bush; the beloved Psalm 23 with rich imagery; and Romans 12:9-21 on how to be a faithful and loving community of faith. Our sermon is entitled Holy Ground. You may want to be ready with a brief story of a sacred place. We will also celebrate the sacrament of communion at our open table. Please consider bringing a friend with you. We will have plenty of chairs set up.

We do have plans of working around mobility concerns and weather possibilities. Don’t fret! Don’t stay home! Call this week if you have questions (314-872-9330). Come a little bit early next Sunday so we can be ready to begin worship at 10:00am. If you are comfortable doing so, you can simply walk downstairs and outside – or we can direct you to drive down Jennifer Lane (a small unmarked street between PUCC and Missouri Baptist Hospital) where there is very limited parking – or you can take advantage of a “shuttle” from the main parking lot down to the site. Please consider bringing fruits or veggies to share immediately after worship. We need a couple/few people to help receive and put out these healthy gifts. We would also like a few volunteers to help with setting up chairs, shuttling and directing people to and from Jennifer Lane.

If you are willing to help make this a success, please email me to let me know that you will bring fruit/veggies, help with parking/shuttle and/or with setup/cleanup. kevin@parkwayucc.org Thank you for being a church of tradition and new expressions!

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September 2014 Worship Notes

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September 7

Scripture: Psalm 149; Matthew 18:15-20

Message: Peace Pieces

Theme: What is the nature of conflict? What does it do to individuals? Couples? Families? Communities? Nation? World?

COMMUNION

 

September 14

Scripture: Exodus 14:19-31; Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; Matthew 18:21-35

Message: Stretched Hands

Theme: We have power to bless or curse. The work of our hands is sacred and necessary.

 

September 21

Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16

Message: Strings Unattached

Theme: “Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what belongs to me?” I want things the way I want them. I know better than others. Am I at the center of the universe? What is yours, mine and ours?

 

September 28

Scripture: Psalm 78:1-4,12-16; Matthew 21:23-27

Message: Authorized Personnel Only

Theme: We are all gifted. We are all experts on our own experience. You are called, equipped, sent. You are authorized and therefore have authority. How do you gain authority, keep it, exercise it – while honoring the authority of others?

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 BRaedeke@aol.com, 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 http://mysticalseeker.blogspot.com/2006/06/thin-places.html

 

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.