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.

One of the hallmarks of being a “Presbyterian” is that we are a connectional church.  The connections we have to one another span the globe and give us strength and hope and grace to move forward even in such a time as this.

Today, Mark Hernandez-Mullins (who has also been at Southminster for 14 years) will be sharing the sermon with you. Mark has been a support to Southminster in so many ways throughout the years and I know that you do not want to miss his reflections on why and how he became a presbyterian.

I do encourage you to take part in this week’s Sunday Starter with Kathy Huddleston at 9 AM. The topic for today is the history of Mt. Rushmore and commemorative statuary. We’ll discuss recent actions to remove or move statues. What makes a statue or site historically significant and worthy of preservation? Come listen and share your thoughts.

Sunday Starter Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 933 0441 3416 Password: 473387

I will be back in the office on Monday, July 13.  Feel free to give me a call if you need anything from me or the community.  I can be reached at 503.819.2442 or

Virtual Pastor Don

Sunday, July 12th, 2020 — Virtual Worship Guide

Does being postdenominational mean belonging to no denomination at all? I believe in the Protestant principle of prophecy and protest, and I believe in the Catholic principle of mysticism. I think postdenominational means to belong to one and many.

Matthew Fox, “On Being a Postdenominational Priest,”
in The Emerging Christian Way, ed. Michael Schwartzentruber, 2006.

CALL TO WORSHIP Odes of Solomon 13

Look! The Lord is our mirror,
Learn the manner of your faces,
Wipe the dirt from your faces.
Then you will not, at any time, be blemished in front of him.

OPENING HYMN “A Place at the Table”


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.


You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.


Louise Westfall’s reflections on the 2018 PCUSA General Assembly in Portland:

ANOTHER VOICE Alan Jones, Reimagining Christianity

Central to the task of reimagining Christianity–or imagining how any faith can begin to live up to its promise–is putting the creative energy of the imagination to work discovering and building bonds between neighbors. We need to bring every watt of imaginative power we possess to the task, because the barriers to overcome are so formidable and the stakes are so high.

“Presbyterianism from a Non-Presbyterian Perspective”
Mark Hernandez-Mullins

If you prefer to read the sermon text, click here.

RESPONSIVE HYMN / ANTHEM “Calling on Angels”


“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear” (Psalms 46:1-2).

Great divine spirit of love that is at the core of everything
and from which all life flows,
We acknowledge your healing and transforming power.
May the spirit of unconditional love and forgiveness flow through each of us and enable the realm of love to spread throughout the world.
Like the flowers in the fields, ensure that we have the basics we need to live
and give us the love and commitment to ensure that others have what they need too.
Give us the courage to acknowledge when we have done wrong,
to seek forgiveness from those we have hurt
and to forgive those who have hurt us,
so that we may be reconciled.
We acknowledge the power of self-giving love to transform individual hearts and the world.
We recommit ourselves to the unconditional love of others and the work of justice and peace.


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

  • Bea Luchsinger is celebrating her 90th birthday day today. We wish Bea a wonderful celebration with family and friends. Cards and notes are appreciated.
  • Please remember Bert Schmidt who went in for cataract surgery last 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.
  • Christine Spears is in a rehab facility in Beaverton for injuries from a recent fall.
  • Andy Gordon will be having reverse shoulder surgery on July 16th.


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,, 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).


“Lift Every Voice and Sing” (also known as the Black National Anthem)


At a time of transition for Southminster, our country, and the world, may God grant us presence, peace, and wisdom. Amen.

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