Sunday Worship 10:00 am (7/31/16)
Sermon: "Counting Our Days"
The Rev. E. Nicholas Van Gombos
Psalm 90 and Deuteronomy 34.1-10
Children are invited to worship with their families. Alternate activities will be provided for those up to 1st grade.
Special Music: Jon Reese
‘A Summer with the Psalms.’ The Psalms was the ‘hymnbook’ of ancient Israel and still functions so today. The 150 entries convey the many moods of the human heart, from the perspective of our Biblical Faith. During the weeks of summer, our Pastor, Nick Van Gombos, will lift up a number of these Psalms for reflection and direction in our time.
DEACON OF THE WEEK
A Lament in the wake of the Bastille Day
terror attack in Nice.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed….
II Corinthians 4
God, whose presence we yearn toward in the stillness after our shaken, broken voices and the fires of violence fall silent: we have no words left.
The words others have said: “horrific” “worst” “unspeakable” “impossible”
have been spoken so many times that we can no longer hear them.
Our hearts have broken so often, we cannot feel.
Our hope has been tried, and, we confess in sorrow,
has been found wanting.
There has been too much terror, and not enough answers
too many lost lives with too little time to grieve them all
too much violation of the ordinary and not enough glimpse of the holy to hold us fast.
But You, oh God: beyond our words, beneath our hope:
be the creative breath that orders our chaos
the mercy and justice that compels us to action
the Love that is stronger than death.
We ask you again, for we have nowhere else to turn--
Hold us fast, when we cannot hold on any longer.
Walk with us through the valley of the shadow
Turn us away from despair, that we may not grow weary in well-doing
Triune God, grant us liberté, égalité, fraternité:
…the liberty of your love that conquers fear and evil
…the mind of your Son, who did not consider equality with You a thing to be exploited, but emptied himself
…the fraternity of your Spirit, beyond our divisions, to bind us together as one family in your kindom of mercy and peace. Amen.
The Rev. Dr. Laurie A Kraus, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Children's collection for One Great Hour of Sharing on Palm Sunday
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