This Week in Worship: September 15–21, 2017

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

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 Convergence. Pastor Heather will preach from Genesis 32:22–32.

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 Romans 14:1–12, and his sermon will be titled “Judging Judgments.” Consider bringing a friend as we celebrate Visitors’ Sunday. A sign language interpreter will be present.

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.

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 Lord’s Prayer may be described as a “very bright point of light” for those in total darkness. While it has similarities to Jewish daily prayer, it also has significant differences. Jesus prayed this prayer in Aramaic, rather than Hebrew, and it is succinct and direct; the paradigm is “do not heap empty phrases as the Gentiles.” Our 4-week study of the Lord’s Prayer will be based on the late Ken Bailey’s scholarship.

Charles and Rita Nordquist will lead our lesson, God’s Holiness, guided by Matthew 6:9. Join us as we discuss the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer—a request for God to demonstrate the holiness of His name. Because God is holy, His people are to be holy.

Journey With Scripture | Second Floor Library
“Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep.”—(Romans 13:10–11). The Christian vision of the future is not dystopian, but rather one of nearing salvation, where you’re called to steadfastly love all the way into it—starting now! Join us as we become awake through reading scripture.

This week, our readings are: Exodus 14:19–31; Psalm 114; Romans 14:1–12; and Matthew 18:21–35.

Seekers | Chapel
Ripples of Faith & Justice  Part 1
Why do important issues quickly become complicated? Why aren’t there simple solutions to racism, immigration, sanctuary, Israel/Palestine? Pastor Randy will explore how these topics ripple outward into concentric circles that challenge us to think holistically and faithfully as we seek to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.”

Soul Food | Third Floor Music Room
Join us for a discussion of Richard Rohr’s Everything Belongs, Chapter 1, led by the Rev. Joe Hajdu, Liz Gonda, and Pam Napier-Barnes.

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