This Week in Worship: January 26–February 1, 2018

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Here’s what’s happening in worship this week. Click on “more” for details about this week’s Church School classes.

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 Distance. Pastor Patrice will preach from Isaiah 49:8–16.

Sanctuary Worship | Sunday, at 11 am
Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. Pastor Heather will preach from Mark 1:21–28, and her sermon will be titled “Public Witness.”

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. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

Christian Education Classes

We offer Christian Education classes for persons of all ages, from infancy through adulthood, on Sundays from 9:45–10:45 am. Click the links for adult class descriptions and children and youth offerings.

Contemporaries | Harambe Room
The Invaluable Contributions of African Americans to Presbyterianism
In 1807, Rev. Dr. John Glouster founded the First African Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Ever since, African Americans have been actively shaping our denomination. The Rev. Dr. Johnnie Monroe, pastor emeritus of Grace Memorial Church, will lead us.

Journey With Scripture | Second Floor Library
The Apostle Paul writes, “For the present form of this world is passing away” (1 Corinthians 7:31). Rather than creating fear, these words intend to encourage—to let go and yet hold on as life moves forward. History arcs, the rule of God emerges. January Epiphany readings call for a consciousness of detachment, yet also—paradoxically—to develop a deep attachment for place and neighbor.

Join us for this week’s readings: Deuteronomy 18:15–20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1–13; and Mark 1:21–28.

Seekers | Chapel
Were We Founded As A Christian Nation?
Many folks in our country believe that we were founded as a Christian nation, but is that true? Historian and elder Peter Gilmore will separate fact from fiction in the conflicted story of America’s origins.

Soul Food | Third Floor Music Room
The Book of Joy by Douglas Abrams
We will discuss The Book of Joy, with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, led by the Rev. Joe Hajdu, Linda Harrington, and David Carl.

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