Sunday Worship Service: We Choose Welcome, Not Fear

by Staff

Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

As I shared in last week’s sermon, as we begin another school year together, I invite you to come away with us at Southminster and find sanctuarywe will provide you a place where you can find sacred spacea place where you can fill your own bucket and revive your soul in order to share it with others. 

Come away with us.  In these days of political chaos and non-truth telling—in these days of isolation, as racial tensions continue to divide—in these days of fire and armageddon like skies—know that you are not alonewe are in this together.  Come away with us.  May each of you find sanctuary at Southminster.

This Sunday, we will continue to explore this theme of Sanctuary as we expand and look outward.  With so many people in our world and in our State of Oregon in need of support and sanctuary, how can we provide that for others?  

If you are unable to access ZOOM for whatever reason, you can call Michel on his cell phone (503.523.7878) and he will help you get into the worship service. 

See you in Worship, Virtual Pastor Don

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Sunday Worship Service: Come Away With Us

by Staff

Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

Today is Welcome Back Sunday. As we begin a new school year together, I hope that Southminster provides a place of sanctuary for each of you. Sanctuary—a holy place, the word has come to mean safe places where we can hide away from the cares and woes of life—sacred places, holy places, places that revive our very souls. Where do you find Sanctuary?

In worship today, we will explore our own sacred places and what it means to find sanctuary for ourselves. Next week, we will reflect on how we can be a sanctuary for others. Please prepare for worship by having a candle as we light candles at the beginning of every worship.

As always, 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

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Sunday Worship Service: Dismantling Structural Racism

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CALL TO WORSHIP “We Choose Welcome” PCUSA Awareness Campaign

In the midst of fear of terrorism and radicalism, we choose to welcome those who flee from terror and tyranny.
In the midst of hate speeches and hate crimes, we choose to welcome those who are rejected because of their skin color or their foreign dress.
In the midst of anxiety about our own economic prosperity, we choose to welcome those who come from distant lands to labor in our fields and our warehouses.
In the midst of political debates which seek to divide us between those who are born here and those who are not, we choose welcome, a welcome for all children of God, proclaiming one household.

Sunday Worship Service: Where Gladness & Hunger Meet

by Staff

Don Mclean, Vincent (Starry Starry Night)

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colours on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They did not listen, They did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now