1. This Week in Worship: June 23–29, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week.

    Worship Services

    Summer Worship | Sunday, at 10 am
    Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. The Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan will preach from John 1:1–5, 14, and her sermon will be titled “R-Evolutionary Theology.”

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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  2. This Week in Worship: June 16–22, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week.

    Worship Services

    Summer Worship | Sunday, at 10 am
    Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. Pastor Patrice will preach from Genesis 18: 1–15, and her sermon will be titled “In Due Time.” We will be joined by musicians from our Journey worship service.

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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  3. SUMMER LESSONS at Hope Academy 2017

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    Hope Academy does not have a summer session. However, we do provide space for our teaching artists and their current students who would like to continue taking lessons over the summer.(Tuesdays-Saturdays) beginning June 13, 2017. Summer lessons are for continuing Hope Academy students only. If you are interested in taking lessons in the fall, please fill out this online private lesson inquiry form.

    Because administrative staff may or may not be in the building when lessons are happening, everyone must agree to a higher level of personal responsibility. Additionally, there is a major renovation project underway so we will need to know who is going to be here in order to communicate important information about access to and from rooms.

    SUMMER LESSON POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    • Teachers will need to update the weekly online schedule by Friday at noon for the following week, so families must schedule lessons in advance.
    • Teachers and families must communicate directly with each other about schedules, cancellations, delays, etc.
    • Parents/guardians must escort their children upstairs to the lesson room and remain there, or in the hall, for the duration of the lesson and then escort them out of the building.  Students are never permitted to come and go on their own.
    • Teaching artists should be paid directly ($15 per half hour) at the time of the lesson.
    • If a family cancels a scheduled lesson, for any reason,they are required to pay the teaching artist for the missed lesson.

    If your child is coming to Hope Academy/ELPC for lessons this summer, you must fill out the online 2017 Summer Lesson Policies and Procedures Acknowledgement Form

     

  4. This Week in Worship: June 9–15, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week.

    Worship Services

    Summer Worship | Sunday, at 10 am
    Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. Pastor Randy will preach from 2 Corinthians 13:5–13 and his sermon will be titled “Putting Things In Order.”

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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  5. Pastoral Message, June 2017

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    I have too many books. Maybe the trouble is that I have too many bookcases. Having so many places to put books—at home, in my office, in our living room, on my bedside table—means that I have no reason to restrict the number of books I accumulate over the years. Most of them I’ve read, so there have been both functional and pleasurable aspects associated with owning all these books. But in the end, there are simply too many of them.

    In an interview with a British author (with the wonderful name of Penelope Lively) it was noted that she has lots of books, lined up in shelves and stacked on tables, and that she can’t bear to part with any of them. She said, “Your books tell you where you’ve been—they’re the story of your own mind. Getting rid of them would be like getting rid of that [story].” There is truth in this remark. By looking at the bindings of books squeezed into my shelves, I remember a bit of what it felt like to read each of them—what they taught me. It’s true; they are a representation of the story of my mind.

    I find this topic analogous to why we go to church regularly and why we still enfold our life story in the story of scripture, even when it speaks to us from 2000 year old texts. If you attend church regularly, over the course of a year you will move through a range of stories each highlighting different life lessons. There’s Advent (anticipation), Christmas (humility and surprises), Lent (confession), Easter (God’s persistent Yes to the world’s No), Pentecost (spiritual gifts and creative fires), and then the long-stretch of Ordinary Time (grace-tinged routines, the persistence of life and hope and love). The seasons of the church year “tell you where you’ve been,” tell you who you are, and remind you of much you might have forgotten.

    The same is true with scripture—the 66 books of the bible lined up neatly as if on a library reference shelf, offering a wide range of reading and learning options. There are the creation stories in Genesis, the tales of Abraham, Moses and desert wanderings totally dependent on God, the wonders of judges, the stern lectures of prophets, the honest poetry of the Psalms, the wonderful stories of Ruth, Esther, Jonah and others. Then we move into the condensed historical record of the New Testament—gospel accounts of Jesus, full of parables and passion, epistolary exhortations by Paul to toddler-aged Christian communities, apostle Acts, sermons from James and in Hebrews, expansive visions in Revelation. They all are reference points for the stages of our life—stories of redemption, grace and power that give order to our ever-changing days.

    I need to give away some of my books, and I promise to do so someday. But some things I’ll hold onto, just as I’ll hold on to the rhythm of the church year. The saga of Genesis to Revelation. The Word made flesh in Christ and (in some pale way) in me, by God’s grace and timeless scripture. May the same be said of all of us.

    Randy Bush

  6. This Week in Worship: June 2–8, 2017

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    This week, we will celebrate Pentecost. Please wear red as we celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit and the conclusion of the Easter season. Click the “more” link for our Church School programming.

    Worship Services

    Journey Worship | Sunday, at 8:45 am
    An interactive, energetic service for those seeking a fresh encounter with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our theme this month is Transformed. Pastor Randy will preach from Acts 2:1–21. We also will celebrate Communion.

    Sanctuary Worship | Sunday, at 11 am
    Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. Pastor Randy will preach from Acts 2:22–24,36–42 and his sermon will be titled “Pentecost Devotion.” We also will celebrate communion.

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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  7. VOTE for Hope Academy’s Design – Belonging Poster Contest

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    Hope Academy’s “Pittsburgh is an Immigrant Town” design was selected as a finalist out of nearly 250 submissions in response to the Sprout Fund’s call for art in support of immigrants & refugees. This design was part of our East Liberty & Justice for ALL event on January 20, 2017.

    Free posters and yard signs will be made of the one winning design, chosen by popular vote, and distributed to the local community.

    If you like our design, and want to support the work that Hope Academy does making theater, music and dance accessible to ALL young people in our community, please click VOTE

    If our design is selected, the cash prize will help us buy and repair instruments for our young musicians; and purchase additional dance clothing and shoes for our dance students.

    Cast your vote by 11:59 PM, On Friday, May 26.

     

  8. This Week in Worship: May 26–June 1, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week. Click the “more” link for our Church School programming.

    Worship Services

    Journey Worship | Sunday, at 8:45 am
    An interactive, energetic service for those seeking a fresh encounter with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our theme this month is Transformed. Pastor Patrice will preach from Romans 12:1–8.

    Sanctuary Worship | Sunday, at 11 am
    Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. Pastor Randy will preach from John 17:1–11 and his sermon will be titled “Quiet Glory.”

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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  9. This Week in Worship: May 19–25, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week. Click the “more” link for our Church School programming.

    Worship Services

    Journey Worship | Sunday, at 8:45 am
    An interactive, energetic service for those seeking a fresh encounter with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our theme this month is Transformed. Pastor Randy will preach from John 14:1–7.

    Sanctuary Worship | Sunday, at 11 am
    Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. This week, our Senior High youth will lead us during Sanctuary worship. This special service is an annual tradition at ELPC, as we celebrate the gifts of our youth, while praising God for the work of the Holy Spirit upon and through them. Our graduating seniors will share their faith stories, and receive a blessing as they prepare for the next steps in their respective life journeys.

    Students completing third grade will be presented with a Bible as a gift from ELPC, so that they might be nurtured in God’s word.

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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  10. This Week in Worship: May 12–18, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week. Click the “more” link for our Church School programming.

    Worship Services

    Journey Worship | Sunday, at 8:45 am
    An interactive, energetic service for those seeking a fresh encounter with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our theme this month is Transformed. Pastor Patrice will preach from Acts 6:8–15, 7:54–60.

    Sanctuary Worship | Sunday, at 11 am
    Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. Pastor Randy will preach from 1 Peter 3:13–22 and his sermon will be titled “The Defense Never Rests.”

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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