Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,
Welcome to this Sunday edition of Virtual worship! My hope is that as you worship and take time to care for your spirit, the Great Spirit and Southminster will fill you with hope and comfort and resilience.
The spiritual theme this month is “Presbyterian.” That may seem odd for a spiritual theme, yet as we move toward electing a Pastor Nominating Committee and as we begin to deeply reflect on our mission as a Church—our past, present, and future—I think it will be helpful for all of us to consider what kind of Christian we are and what does it mean to be a “progressive” Presbyterian. I encourage you to especially take a look at the theme video in the virtual worship today where Diane Moffit, President and Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency shares about the plethora of ways that we are “called” as Presbyterians.
Today, I invite you to a Congregational Zoom Hour: Sunday, July 5 – 11:00-12:00 p.m.
General Structure to the Fellowship Hour:
- Welcome, Introductions and Short Devotion
- Fun Icebreaker Activity for the whole family
- Check-in with youth and families on the beach clean up in Seaside
- Break Out Small groups with guided questions
- Popcorn “Sharing” and Announcements
As always, give me a call if you need anything from me or the community. I can be reached at 503.819.2442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Pastor Don
Sunday, July 5th, 2020 — Virtual Worship Guide
FOR REFLECTION & LAUGHS
I didn’t get my hair cut for two movies, and it got a little long. I’m going back to a… not a crew cut.
Back to, oh, about Presbyterian length.
— Lee Marvin
CALL TO WORSHIP Maya Angelou
We, unaccustomed to courage / Exiles from delight
Live coiled in shells of loneliness / Until love leaves its high holy temple
And comes into our sight / To liberate us into life. / To liberate us into life.
We are weaned from our timidity.… / We dare be brave
And suddenly we see / That love costs all we are
And will ever be. / Yet it is only love / Which sets us free.
OPENING HYMN For All the Saints (Sine Nomine) [Glory to God 326]
PASSING OF THE PEACE
Pastor Don: May the Peace of Christ be with you.
Congregation at Home: And also with you.
Pastor Don: Consider three ways that you can extend peace to one another this week through a phone call, text, or email.
CHRISTIAN READING 1 John 4:7-9; 11-12 – God Is Love
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
THEME VIDEO Presbyterian Church (USA) — Jesus Calls Us
PRESBYTERIAN CREED READING Confession of 1967, Section 2, 9.43
In each time and place, there are particular problems and crises through which God calls the church to act. The church, guided by the Spirit, humbled by its own complicity and instructed by all attainable knowledge, seeks to discern the will of God and learn how to obey in these concrete situations.
“Why I am Presbyterian!”
Rev. Don Ludwig
If you prefer to read the sermon text, click here.
RESPONSIVE HYMN / ANTHEM For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear” (Psalms 46:1-2).
Spirit of life and of love, god of many names and no name at all, hear our prayers. Be with us, spirit, in these times that would trouble—that should trouble—us all. Call us to say no to hatred, to racism, to all that would hold some of us—and ultimately all of us—back.
May we see in our coming together a path forward, and may we see ourselves on this journey together. Grant us courage, grant us wisdom, grant us perseverance. When words are not enough, call us to act in love and compassion in all that we do, that we might build that Beloved Community right here at Southminster Presbyterian Church and that it might help all of us to find our way, together, to freedom—to justice—to equity—for all. A-men.
KEEPING IN PRAYER
With the community of Southminster, take a moment to offer up your own prayers of joy and concern (take a moment to silently pray)… Spirit of Life and Love, empower each of them with strength and joy and purpose. May they be liberated by loved and provided with peace and comfort
- Dona Lehr’s niece’s son was shot and killed on June 20. He leaves a wife and baby just born June 9, as well as a toddler, plus his wife’s two older children (a 7 and 8 Year old). He was in his mid twenties. Please pray for Monica, Dona’s niece, and the others touched by this tragedy.
- Rae Endicott’s brother passed away on Tuesday, June 22. He was 84 years old and lived in Silverton with Rae. Please keep Rae in your thoughts and prayers.
- Please remember Bert Schmidt who is going in for cataract surgery next week. Bert is still doing cancer treatment for bladder issues and continues regular dialysis.
- Mary Winn’s nephew passed away on June 26. Please keep the family in prayer.
TIME FOR OFFERING
As we reflect on all of our blessings, individually and as a community, may we consider how we may give of ourselves so that the work of Christ’s love and peace may continue throughout our world. (Please contact Marisa, email@example.com, or one of our Trustees to discover simple ways you may give electronically or via mail. Thank you for supporting the staff and on-going ministries of Southminster Presbyterian Church).
CLOSING HYMN Amazing Grace
FINAL BLESSING & BENEDICTION
Now, as we enter a new week, have hope, good people of Southminster.
Take stock in our heritage as Presbyterians and in the many ways that Jesus calls us.
Know that we are not alone.
May you have hope in a world of equity and justice for all.
And may you live each day by grace—that amazing grace—this day and forever more. Amen.
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