November 21, 2018

Worship Notes

Upcoming message themes and scripture readings.

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?

October 2015 Worship Notes

October 4| 9:30 & 11:00am | Give-a-Meal | World Communion
Scripture: Job 1:1; 2:1-10; Psalm 26
Message: In the Land of Uz
Theme: The challenges that Job’s story brings with it—blessing and curse. The rollercoaster nature of life—good and bad things happen.

October 11 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Mark 10:17-27
Message: Possess Less
Theme: The call to simplify…Jesus talks about the camel through the eye of the needle; the man that did not want to give away his possessions.

October 18 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c; Mark 10:35-45
Message: Pick Me
Theme: Disciples arguing among themselves as to which one is most favored. Secrecy, rivalry…Colleagues, collaboration…or somewhere in between? How do we serve one another?

October 25| 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 34:1-8; Mark 10:46-52
Message: Trifocals
Theme: The blind man said to Jesus, “I want to see.” Bartimaeus knew what he wanted—to be able to see. How do we get ourselves into a place where we can see what Jesus sees? What is Jesus’ vision?

September 2015 Worship Notes

298824_10150443206679478_840423056_nSeptember 6 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Give-a-Meal | Communion
Scripture: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Mark 7:31-35
Message: Ephphatha
Theme: Ephphatha “open up”…Jesus heals the man who was both deaf and mute. The words we speak should be very much connected to the words we hear. Jesus blesses us as we listen and speak. When is it a challenge to hear and speak? How do we ensure that we are listening and speaking with the Spirit?

September 13 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 19; Mark 8:27-29
Message: Name Tag
Theme: Jesus and the disciples were traveling in and out of villages. He asked the disciples who people said he was. There were a few answers. What old and new names, roles, images do we use when we ponder and experience Jesus?

September 20 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 1; Mark 9:33-37
Message: Kids R Us
Theme Jesus hears the disciples arguing and wants to remind them that none of them is greater than the other. In fact, he invites them to think about the last being first and the first being last—and how to welcome children as a measure of health, connectedness, honor.

September 27 | 9:30 & 11:00amr 20 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124
Message: Now
Theme: The Esther story—even with some gruesome parts—is about being in the right place at the right time…Esther calling on courage as she is asked to play a role she never imagined and one that she doesn’t feel equipped to play. How can we see where we are needed now and act with more courage and compassion?

August 2015 Worship Notes

10359208_10152916318849478_3212867295524181348_nAugust 2| 9:30 & 11:00am | Give-a-Meal | Communion
Scripture: 2Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13a; Psalm 51:1-12
Message: My Story
Theme: The story of David and Bathsheba where Nathan points out David’s mistakes in a story that David does not recognize right away. How do we see ourselves in story and learn from them?

August 9 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Message: HALT
Theme: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired… Letter to the Ephesians trying to help them figure out how to live in community. Ponder the things we can and cannot do…emotional health; fresh starts

August 16 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: 1Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111
Message: Discernment
Theme: Solomon becoming King—young/inexperienced so he asks for a discerning mind to acquire good judgement. How do we cultivate our spirit of discernment? Where is our power?

Scripture: Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20
Message: Armor All
Theme: More support sent to the early church in Ephesus. What it means to be strong, alert, confident in the ways that we live and partner with the Spirit. What happens when you are struggling and/or broken?

August 30 | One Family Worship at 10:00am
Scripture: Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23; James 1:17-27
Message: Following the Rules
Theme: Rules and codes and assumptions that have been handed down—generation to generation. What do we do with them? Which rules are gratefully accepted as inheritance and which do we want to be more intentional about? What about Leviticus!?

July 2015 Worship Notes

2015-06-14 20.43.11July 5 | Give-a-Meal | Communion
Scripture: Psalm 48; Mark 6:1-13
Message: Shake the Dust Off
Theme: Jesus and the disciples aren’t welcome everywhere they go. Jesus encourages them not to get stuck or blocked by obstacles others place in their way. He buoys them up so they can move on and keep on!

July 12
Scripture: Psalm 24; Mark 6:14-29
Message: What Should I Ask For?
Theme: Gospel story of Herodias asking Herod for John the Baptist’s head. Herod respected John but was manipulated by Herodias. This story invites us to think about our allegiances and analyze our motives. What do we ask for others? What do they ask of us? What does God ask of us? What should I ask God for?

July 19
Scripture: Psalm 89:20-37; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Message: Set It All Aside
Theme Jesus and the disciples are coming and going so that there is no time for them to eat! Yikes. Busy lives. Lists and priorities. What place do sabbath and meditation and renewal have in your life?

July 26 | Guest Worship Leader–Jackie Tyler

June 2015 Worship Notes

10476399_10153986406894478_7292010207458030510_nJune 7 | One Family Worship | Give-a-Meal | Communion
Scripture: Psalm 138; 2Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Message: Seen and Unseen
Theme: Gratitude for what we can see and what is below our awareness. Focus on the things that are beyond and you will get there. Seek ye first…

June 14
Scripture: Psalm 20; Mark 4:26-34
Message: Seeds—Gathered and Scattered
Theme: Jesus tells stories about seeds sprouting, growing, producing. Patience is needed. Mustard seeds are packed! This all feeds in to a Sunday when we will welcome new members and bid a fond farewell to the Barclay Family.

June 21 | Father’s Day
Scripture: Psalm 9:9-20; Mark 4:35-41
Message: Be Still
Theme Jesus stills the storm as he and the disciples are out in the boat. He was asleep during all of it… the storm did not worry him. Where do we find the gifts of peace? How do we share them?

June 28
Scripture: Psalm 130; Mark 5:21-43
Message: Double Healing
Theme: Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter and the hemorrhaging woman. Where does healing come from? Where does it go? How can we be a part of it? When do we block/deflect/deny it?

May 2015 Worship Notes

May-FlowersMay 3
Scripture: Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21
Message: Love Languages
Theme: Jesus talks about his core message—the reason he exists: love. Part of the challenge for us as we lead lives of love is that we are speaking different languages—even if we share a language.

May 10
Scripture: Psalm 98; John 15:9-17
Message: Blessing Assessing
Theme: Jesus is still talking about love… How can we be even more intentional about growing and maturing in the ways we love? How do we engage in appropriate meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future, expressing an active commitment

May 17: Ascension Sunday
Scripture: Psalm 47; Luke 24:44-53
Message: Witnesses
Theme Jesus and the disciples are together in person for the last time—as he ascends to heaven. He opens their minds to understand the scriptures. He commissions them to go far and wide to teach and preach. He reminds them that they will be given the power they need to do this!

May 24
Scripture: Joel 2:28–32; Acts 2:1-12
Message: Surprised and Bewildered
Theme: As the Holy Spirit comes and allows us to hear one another across all differences, how do we follow up and follow through to close the gaps between people? What can we experience from other times, cultures, traditions that lead us closer to God?

May 31: One Family Worship at 10:00am UNDER THE TREE
Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:14-17a
Message: 1-2-3
Theme: The early church was dealing with how to move beyond fear to live further into the presence and mission of the Holy. Today we are One Family and celebrate both sacraments. How do these experiences ground us and set us free to be Christ-like in the world?

April 2015 Worship Notes

26513_427436149477_3796541_nApril 2 | Maundy Thursday | 7:00pm
Scripture: Exodus 12:1-14; Maundy Thursday Gospel Lessons via Mark & John
Message: Remember and Refill
Theme: How does this covenant connection with God sustain us as things turn and as things in our own lives blur our memory and drain our faith?

April 3 | Good Friday | noon prayers (Historic Sanctuary)
Scripture: variety of Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament Lessons
Message: Reflect
Theme: We will sing, pray and ponder the intensity and importance of Good Friday. This is a contemplative worship service.

April 3 | Good Friday | 7:00pm | New Sanctuary
Scripture: Psalm 22; Psalm 139:1-18; John 18 and 19
Message: Reflect, Relent and Redeem
Theme: What does it mean to be steeped in this kind of violence and pain? How does it effect and change us?

April 5 | Easter | 6:00am Service | Cemetery behind Historic Sanctuary
Scripture: John 20:1-18
Message: Return and Restart
Theme: The women go the tomb in the garden where they believed everything was ending…but that is not how the Holy works…Time to restart!

April 5 | Easter Sunday | 9:30 & 11:00am worship
Scripture: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Mark 16:1-8
Message: Reunite and Revive
Theme: Meeting Jesus again – the violence and fear did not disperse the love and light for long…Where do our lives go from here?

April 12 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Youth Sunday
Scripture: John 20:19-20; John 21:1-14
Message: Life Bursts Forth
Theme: Our response to Easter and New Life of Spring…in music, singing, dance, poetry, drama and more with our youth!

April 19 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 4; Luke 24:36b-48
Message: Remind, Reclaim, Rebuild
Theme: The disciples are reclaimed as belonging to this movement. They set out to rebuild what they thought had faded away.

April 26 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 23; 1John 3:16-24
Message: Reopen and Refine
Theme: Taking a look at some of our historic/traditional words and ways for present relevance and applicability.

March 2015 Worship Notes

re-lent-631x102_DARKREDMarch 1 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Communion | Give-a-Meal
Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Mark 8:31-38
Message: Rename and Reinvent
Theme: Abram and Sarai are renamed Abraham and Sarah as they recognize God’s call and covenant. Peter attempts to stop Jesus by scolding and correcting him – Jesus calls him off by pointing out to him that he is stuck as ‘Satan’ – thinking human and not divine thoughts. Who are we? What is our name now – and who do we want/need to be at the end of Lent? How will we get there? {some PUCC identity stuff too

March 8 | 9:30am & 11:00am
Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17; John 2:13-22
Message: Reboot, Renew and Redraw
Theme: Ten Commandments and Jesus overturning the tables in the Temple.Charting a course for behavior. Drawing parameters. Restarting when we have gotten away from faithful living. How does Jesus renew the Law?

March 15 | 9:30am & 11:00am
Scripture: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; John 3:14-21
Message: Rebound and Rekindle
Theme: Rebounding from a bad experience. Rekindling the light that sometimes dims or is covered over or is lost. What does it mean to eb saved? How is Jesus the Light of the World?

March 22 | 9:30am & 11:00am
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:20-26
Message: Reinvest and Recreate
Theme: Jeremiah speaks of the new covenant with God – going deeper. Jesus talks about a seed going into the ground so there will be new life and growth. How can be more invested so we can be a part of new growth this season and beyond? What impact do the words and ways of Jesus have on us?

March 29 | 8:30am | Palm/Passion Sunday | Jesus Has Left the Building
Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Message: Recycle, Relieve and Reform
Theme: Jesus Has Left the Building

February 2015 Worship Notes

February 1 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Communion | Give-a-Meal
Scripture: Psalm 111; Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Mark 1:21-22a
Message: God’s Words, My Voice
Theme: God shares things with us and then asks us to make them our own and to share them with others. We must raise our Christian voice. How might our voice differ from some of the other Christian voices we hear?

February 8 | 9:30am & 11:00am
Scripture: Isaiah 40:28-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; Mark 1:29-39
Message: Healing Art—Loving Touch
Theme: Jesus can do amazing things. How can we be like him in the ways that we are focused on healing—available channels, increasing the flow of healing?

February 15 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Transfiguration Sunday
Scripture: 2Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; Mark 9:2-9
Message: Bright and Brighter
Theme We all want to grow, mature, transform to become more Christ-like.
As the disciples witness Jesus, Elijah and Moses on the mountaintop, we might imagine gathering with some of our role models.

February 18 | 7:00pm | Ash Wednesday
Scripture: Joel 2 and Psalm 51, selected verses; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Theme: Overview and experiences of some Lenten practices that can bring us closer to the God and may even produce fruit.

February 23 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Lent One
Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; Mark 1:9-15
Message: Trust the Good News
Theme: The critical role of trust in our lives with self and others. How do we trust God as we go through this season of Lent?