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August 10, 2017 Like many other Protestant ministers, I carry with me an almost-daily awareness that we dwell very much on the margins of American culture. And, like many others, I am ambivalent about my situation. On the one hand, I see the 0
August 2, 2017 Worship 101 (6) This week I offer the final installment of the Worship 101 series of Pastor’s Messages. The last movement of worship, still part of The Liturgy of the Sacrament, is called The Sending. Just as we believe that it is God 0
July 26, 2017 Worship 101 (5) I have appreciated the favorable response I have received on this summer’s Pastor’s Message series on worship, which I am calling Worship 101. This week, I begin comments on the second movement of worship, The Liturgy of the Sacrament. Think 0
July 18, 2017 Worship 101 (4) As we continue our Worship 101 series of Pastor’s Messages this summer, we come to the portion of the Liturgy of the Word known simply as The Word. The worship service has opened with a response of praise to God 0
July 12, 2017 Worship 101 (3) As we continue to look at the parts of the worship service, and why they are where they are, we come to The Assurance of Forgiveness, The Peace, and The Gloria. Our liturgy (readers of this series will know that 0
July 5, 2017 Worship 101 (2) Continuing our summer series, Worship 101, we come to the beginning of worship proper: The Call to Worship The Hymn of Praise The Opening Prayer of Praise and Confession We believe that God calls us to worship, and not that 0
June 28, 2017 Worship 101 Members of our Worship-Music ministry team thought it would be helpful for everybody if I wrote a series of Pastor’s Messages about the parts of worship: what they are and why they are arranged as they are. So, beginning today, 0
June 21, 2017 The Heart of Our Faith Sometimes, the heart of our faith, and the truth of the convictions we hold, can only be grasped in relief. Like an invisible ink that appears only under the right light, the Gospel, and its benefits, its claims, and its 0
June 7, 2017 The members of the Worship-Music Ministry Team and I have been struggling all winter and spring with a nettlesome issue: the length of our worship services. As those of you who worship here are aware, our Sunday services have lasted 0
May 31, 2017 You may have noticed a new thing happening when we celebrate Communion each week. When the offering is brought forward as we sing the Doxology, a child and parent have begun to bring the Communion bread and the pitcher of 0