This Week in Worship: September 29–October 5, 2017

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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 Tolerance. Pastor Heather will preach from Galatians 3:23–29.

Sanctuary Worship | Sunday, at 11 am
Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. The Rev. Dr. David Esterline will preach from Genesis 1:27,31; Revelation 7:9–12, and his sermon will be titled “Made in the Image of God.” We also will celebrate Communion on this World Communion Sunday, and the Peace and Global Witness Offering will be received, which supports local, mid-council, and global peacemaking efforts—every dollar is utilized to realize God’s kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.

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.

Combined Adult Class | Chapel
Our guest, the Rev. Dr. David Esterline, will lead our class, titled “Race, Racism, and White Privilege.” As Americans, we live in a system in which white people automatically receive benefits and privileges—such as safety and healthcare, wealth and longer lives—that other Americans, people of color, do not receive. By defining the basic aspects of this system we all live in, we will develop a clearer understanding of race and racism, gain some language so that we can talk about it more easily, and discover new resources and tools. We will become less afraid of talking about race and the privileges that those of us who are white have as a matter of course in our society.

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