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Worship Theme for Advent 3

Dec. 11 / Advent 3

Texts:Luke 1:46b-55& Matthew 1:18-25


Heather Bargeron will be preaching for us today on the third Sunday of Advent. She will share with us about the radical nature of God’s incarnation - the coming of Christ, born in a barn, to poor parents, in the midst of hostility and danger. Join us today as we light the candle of joy and reflect on our role in welcoming the Christ child into our world.


Preaching: Heather Bargeron
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Eloise Chevrier
Children's Time: Deb Burnham
Sunday School: Trudy Kawal
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara- Huff
Quote: Susan Wargo
Greeters: Susan Teegen & Jaron Teegen Case
Coffee Hour: Lynn & Andy Lees
Counting Offering: Susan Teegen & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling: Lynn Lees
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Sarah Hill




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Worship Themes for Advent 2

Dec.4 / Advent 2

Texts:Isaiah 11:1-10& Luke 1:26-33, 46-47


On the second Sunday in Advent our service will be intergenerational, and we invite the children to come forward for the sermon time. Lucinda Megill Legendre will lead us in a time of story-telling with the children about Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, using the format from our Young Children in Worship curriculum. People of all ages can engage in the worship service. Join us today as we light the candle of peace and reflect on our role in welcoming the Christ child into our world.


Preaching: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Prayers: Deb Burnham
Liturgist: Meagan McLeod
Children's Time: Eloise Chevrier
Sunday School: Lucinda Megill Legendre
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote: Sarah Hill
Greeters:Lauren Giaconne & Deb Ahrens
Coffee Hour: Susan Teegen & Genienne Navarro
Counting Offering: Todd Koser & Jim Gerhard
Taking Recycling: Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Ginny Rice
Co-Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins & Susan Wargo
Setting Up & Serving: Deb Burnham
Cleaning Up & Serving: Todd Koser
Picking Up Bread: Barbara Tilley




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Worship Theme for Advent 1

Nov. 27 / Advent 1

Texts:Romans 13:11-14& Matthew 1:1-17


Who are Jesus’ People?

Usually we skip over Matthew’s long genealogy in the beginning of his gospel. But this season, on the first of Advent we are going to read it together! We will reflect on the question, Who are Jesus’ people? Why does Matthew want to include names of “nobodies” and women in the list? This is most unusual. What might Matthew being telling us about God’s purposes in including these names in the family line of Jesus? Join us today as we light the candle of hope and begin to reflect on our role in welcoming the Christ child into our world.


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Heather Bargeron
Liturgist: Ken Gritter
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: Verona Stern
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote:Katherine Huseman
Greeters:Geneva Butz & Verona Stern
Coffee Hour: Lucy Miller & Russ Baldwin
Counting Offering: Russ Baldwin & Ken Gritter
Taking Recycling: Heather Bargeron
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Verona Stern




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November Newsletter

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Worship Themes for November

November 6
Texts:Deuteronomy 6:4-15& Matthew 6:19-21

(Ref. Psalm 86:11)
Our seventh (and final!) deadly sin to explore is Greed. As the reading from Deuteronomy suggests, having plenty brings with it the temptation to forget the giver. It also brings with it the temptation to keep more than we need for ourselves. Who among us has not wrestled with greed? We all have. This deadly sin can find its way into our hearts, and can even take hold of us in some destructive ways. Today we will look at greed, how it's roots are nurtured in fear, and then reflect on the power of generosity to help us move out of greed.

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Deb Burnham
Liturgist: Ginny Rice
Children's Time: Todd Koser
Sunday School: Trudy Kawal
A/V Tech:Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Chris Purdom
Greeters:Mike Ehling & Lauren Giaconne
Coffee Hour: Jim Gerhard & Genienne Navarro
Counting Offering: Mike Ehling & Chris Purdom
Taking Recycling: Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Ginny Rice
Co-Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins & Jean Erb
Setting Up & Serving: Susann Wargo
Cleaning Up & Serving: Ginny Rice
Picking Up Bread: Lee Pugh

November 13
Texts:Psalm 24& Deuteronomy 8:11-19

(Ref. Psalm 86:11)
Today is Stewardship Sunday! We will continue our focus on the theme of generosity and gratitude and how both of these powerful virtues can help us fight our battles with the deadly sin of greed. Since money is such an idol in our country, it is good to spend more than one Sunday talking about it! So we conclude our series today on the seven deadly sins reflecting again on God’s call on our lives to be attentive to our hearts and those things that are standing in the way of our ability to love.

Preaching: TBA
Prayers: Susan Wargo
Liturgist: Chris Purdom
Children's Time: Pauline Abernathy
Sunday School: Lucinda Megill Legendre
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Lucinda Megill Legendre
Greeters:Andy & Lynn Lees
Coffee Hour: Deb Ahrens & Deb Burnham
Counting Offering: Andy Lees & Ken Gritter
Taking Recycling: Deb Ahrens
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Barbara Purdom

November 20
Texts:Jeremiah 23:1-6& Colossians 1:11-20

(Ref. Luke 23:33-43)

The United States has a new President. Emotions may still be high since the election. We are wondering what is going to happen and what kind of country we are going to become. Today is the Sunday before Advent begins and in the Christian calendar it is called “Christ the King” or “Reign of Christ” Sunday. It is a time to reflect on our allegiance to Christ above any other allegiances we might have. Is Jesus really the One we want to follow? Is this the One we want as President of our lives? If the answer is yes, then what will happen to us? What kind of people will we become?

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Barbara Purdom
Liturgist: Deb Burnham
Children's Time: Katherine Huseman
Sunday School: Geneva Butz
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Todd Koser
Greeters:Nicole Diroff & Lucinda Megill Legendre
Coffee Hour:Ginny Rice & Jim Gerhard
Counting Offering: Ginny Rice & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling: Barbara Purdom
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard



November 27

TBA




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October Newsletter

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Worship Themes for October

October 2
Texts:Philippians 3:17-21& Mark 4:1-4


“I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”
The third sin we will look at is Gluttony. Like many of the vices, gluttony has been misunderstood and oversimplified. Perhaps the simplest thing to say about gluttony is that it is about a focus on one’s own excessive pleasure. Pleasure is not a bad thing, in fact pleasure is a wonderful gift. It is when a gift is misused, when it turns into greed, that it can become a destructive force. The virtue of “temperance” is then about practicing limitations for the sake of our own good, and the good of our neighbor...and even our earth and the rest of creation.

Preaching: Lauren Giaconne
Prayers: Deb Burnham
Liturgist: Susan Wargo
Children's Time: Susan Pierce
Sunday School: Geneva Butz
A/V Tech:Peter Mowen
Quote:Heather Bargeron
Greeters:Barbara Tilley & Heather Bargeron
Coffee Hour: Katrina & Jessica Culley
Counting Offering: Jim Gerhard & Donald Wargo
Taking Recycling: Katie Aikins
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Deb Burnham
Co-Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins & Nicole Diroff
Setting Up & Serving: Sarah Hill
Cleaning Up & Serving: Ken Gritter
Picking Up Bread: Mark Rader

October 9
Texts:Psalm 42:1-5& Matthew 11:28-30



The fourth deadly sin - SLOTH – suggests laziness. But this is not accurate. The desert fathers and mothers used a better word: acedia. Acedia means “lack of care” and so it is closer to the word apathy. Acedia can manifest itself as a restless boredom that can make us hate our jobs, or our marriage, which then leads to our attempt to fill our boredom with solutions that may leave us feeling the same – empty. Acedia can stem from exhaustion, it can also stem from searching for meaning in life from things that do not give ultimate meaning.



Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Ginny Rice
Children's Time: Katrina Culley
Sunday School: Trudy K.
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Pauline Abernathy
Greeters:Nicole Diroff & Peter Mowen
Coffee Hour: Charlene & Vic Compher
Counting Offering: Deb Burnham & Mike Ehling
Taking Recycling: Lynn Lees
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Ginny Rice

October 16
Texts:James 1:19-21& Ephesians 4:26-27


*Youth Pastor, Meagan McLeod preaching on fifth Sin: Wrath and the virtue of Forgiveness
"Righteous Anger Needed"

Preaching: Meagan McLeod
Prayers: Mike Ehling
Liturgist: Deb Burnham
Children's Time: Todd Koser
Sunday School: Lucinda Megill Legendre
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Todd Koser
Greeters:Sarah Hill & Genienne Navarro
Coffee Hour:Mike Ehling & Jean Erb
Counting Offering: Pauline Abernathy & Jean Erb
Taking Recycling: Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard



October 23

Texts:Matthew 5:27-30& Song of Songs 1:1-5, 2:1-7, 7:6-7& I Corinthians 13


The sixth sin might raise some eyebrows: Lust. If we are going to talk about lust, we have to talk about sex! Can we talk about this in church, please? Why is it so taboo to talk about in church? Both our culture and our churches send mixed (and yes often wrong and shaming) messages about sex. If God created sex and pleasure as gift, we need to be able to talk about it particularly within the gospel framework of seeking love and joy.


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Katie Aikins
Liturgist: Dick Fernandez
Children's Time: Eloise Chevrier
Sunday School: Verona Stern
A/V Tech: Barbara Purdom
Quote:Susan Pierce
Greeters:Ginny & John Rice
Coffee Hour: Deb Ahrens & Ken Gritter
Counting Offering: Geneva Butz & Megan Gibson
Taking Recycling: Verona Stern
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Mark Rader



October 30
Texts:Luke 19:1-10& Habakkuk 1:1-4,2:1-4


*Susan Wargo preaching
The world is full of injustice, violence, hate and greed. It is many times difficult to find good news. And where is God in all this injustice, violence, hate and greed?
As people of God, how do we live through these times?


Preaching: Susan Wargo
Prayers: Chris Purdom
Liturgist: Lauren Giaccone
Children's Time: Deb Burnham
Sunday School: Nicole Diroff
A/V Tech: Katrina Culley
Quote:Sarah Hill
Greeters:Deborah Ahrens & Jim Gerhard
Coffee Hour: Mike Ehling & Chris Purdom
Counting Offering: Sarah Hill & Angela Kent
Taking Recycling: Geneva Butz
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh




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FOURTH QUARTER ROTATIONS

The rotation schedule for the FOURTH quarter of 2016 is now available:

FOURTH QUARTER SCHEDULE (for letter-sized paper)




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September Newsletter

The September newsletter is on the news page of the website! Here are the links:

The News page.

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Just the September newsletter.

A printable version of the September newsletter.




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Worship Themes for September

September 4
Texts:Deuteronomy 6:4-9& Romans 7:14-25




Today we will introduce our fall theme “Cultivating Wholy Habits”. Often it is what we do that demonstrates what we love. This means that sometimes what we think we love isn’t necessarily what we actually love. And this can be a startling discovery! It is good to slow down and pay attention to how our heart is being trained to love and not to love.


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Ken Gritter
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Heather Bargeron
Greeters:Mark Rader & Heather Bargeron
Coffee Hour: Jim Thacker & Verona Stern
Counting Offering: Sarah Hill & Deb Ahrens
Taking Recycling: Barbara Purdom
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Deb Burnham
Co-Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins & Susan Teegan
Setting Up & Serving: Sarah Hill
Cleaning Up & Serving: Jessica Culley
Picking Up Bread: Mark Rader

September 11
Texts:Genesis 4:1-8& Galatians 5:16-6:5




ENVY is the first deadly sin we’ll explore in our series. What is envy? It is feeling bitter when others have it better. To be envious means we have to play the comparison game. Joseph Epstein said “of all the deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all”. How does envy manifest itself in us? Does our materialistic culture depend on envy as a marketing tool? Has facebook and other social media opened up new pathways for unchecked envy?


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Mark Rader
Liturgist: Meagan McLeod
Children's Time: Todd Koser
Sunday School: Lucinda Megill Legendre
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Mike Ehling
Greeters:Ginny & John Rice
Coffee Hour: Deborah Ahrens & Russell Baldwin
Counting Offering: Deb Burnham & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling: Deborah Ahrens
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh


September 18

Texts:II Kings 4:8-37& Matthew 11:1-6,11-15,28-29



Jesus speaks plainly—the reign of God exists in a world of violence, death, and loss. This reality calls forth a little-remembered Scriptural story about a woman who built a holy room—and then faces death and must decide what to do with that death. This is a meditation on how loss and grief can make us more authentic, stronger bearers of the good news.

Author of The Soulmaking Room, Dee Dee Risher preaching

Preaching: Dee Dee Risher
Prayers: Susan Wargo
Liturgist: Susan Wargo
Children's Time: Katrina Culley
Sunday School: Geneva Butz
A/V Tech: Katrina Culley
Quote:Dick Fernandez
Greeters:Geneva Butz & Lucinda Megill Legendre
Coffee Hour: Chris Purdom & Ginny Rice
Counting Offering: Russell Baldwin & Angela Kent
Taking Recycling: Sarah Hill
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Mark Rader


September 25
Texts:I John 2:15-16&Philippians 2:1-11


VAINGLORY is our second deadly sin. Vainglory comes from the greek word “kenodoxia” meaning “empty glory”. It is not a term we use often, but we are very familiar with this vice in our lives! It is the excessive and disordered desire for recognition and approval from others. Instead of seeking excellence, vainglory seeks whatever will give the greatest public applause. Does this seem like something we might struggle with? And what is the glory or greatness that the gospel calls us to seek instead?



Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Lynn Lees
Children's Time: Nicole Diroff
Sunday School: Geneva Butz
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Susan Wargo
Greeters:Charlene & Vic Compher
Coffee Hour: Katrina Culley & Geneva Butz
Counting Offering: Ken Gritter & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling: Geneva Butz
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard




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August Newsletter

The August newsletter is on the news page of the website! Here are the links:

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Worship Themes for August

August 7
Texts: Hebrew 11:1-3,8-16



What is faith? The writer of Hebrews says that faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Abraham – by faith—went out not knowing where he was going. Sarah—by faith—was able to bear a child though she was barren and past child-bearing age. Faith is seeing the promise in front of you and living into it, even though you may in fact never experience the promise fulfilled. The writer of Hebrews has much to say about the nature of faith and what it looks like for us to be people of faith. We will be exploring the meaning of faith and some of the key passages in Hebrews during the month of August.


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Angela Kent
Children's Time: Jessica Culley
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Barbara Purdom
Quote:Todd Koser
Greeters:Ginny & John Rice
Coffee Hour: Barbara Purdom & Russell Baldwin
Counting Offering: Jim Gerhard & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling:Verona Stern
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Barbara Purdom
Co-Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins & Nicole Diroff
Setting Up & Serving: Todd Koser
Cleaning Up & Serving: Ginny Rice
Picking Up Bread: Barbara Tilley

August 14
Texts:Jeremiah 23:23-29&Luke 12:49-56&Hebrew 11:29-12:2



Living in times of tension, reading the signs of the times... "Peace is not merely the absence of tension, but the presence of justice." -Dr. King

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Chris Purdom
Liturgist: Jean Erb
Children's Time: Susan Pierce
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Jessica Culley
Quote:Katrina Culley
Greeters:Russ Baldwin & Heather Bargeron
Coffee Hour: Deb Ahrens & Genienne Navarro
Counting Offering: Deb Burnham & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling:Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh



August 21

Texts: Jeremiah 1:4-10


Second Reading: Lyrics from "On Children" by Sweet Honey in the Rock

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

What Parenthood has Taught me about the Divine
With thanks to the Tab Community for accompanying me over the past two-and-a-half years as I've been a new mom, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the things parenthood has taught me about the divine.

Preaching: Nicole Diroff
Prayers: Deb Burnham
Liturgist: Todd Koser
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Peter Mowen
Quote:Pauline Abernathy
Greeters:Deborah Ahrens & Katrina Culley
Coffee Hour: Ken Gritter & Martha Gritter
Counting Offering: Russell Baldwin & Ginny Rice
Taking Recycling:Jim Thacker
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard


August 28
Texts: Hebrew 13:1-8,15-16



What is faith? Faith is mutual love. Faith is showing hospitality to strangers. Faith is remembering those in prison as though you were in prison with them. Faith is keeping your lives free from the love of money and resisting the temptation to live in fear. Wait, what? This all sounds like action more than believing! That’s right: According to Hebrews, faith is only ever faith when it is faith-in-action. If the writer of Hebrews were posting on social media today, you might see something like #faithinaction! #faithwithoutworksisdead!

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Liturgist: Russell Baldwin
Children's Time: Jessica Culley
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote:Deborah Ahrens
Greeters:Nicole Diroff & Deb Ahrens
Coffee Hour:Lucy Miller & Genienne Navarro
Counting Offering: Jim Gerhard & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling:Deborah Ahrens
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Sarah Hill




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July Newsletter

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Worship Themes for July

July 10
Texts: Deuteronomy 30:9-14 & Luke 10:25-37



God has not set the bar too high for us and indeed God is very near to us: “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (Deut. 30:14). What does it mean to have the word near to us especially as we hear again today the sometimes trivialized story of the Good Samaritan? It is a story as scathing as a prophet would tell; a story about caring for the needs and the wounds of an enemy.

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Katie Aikins
Liturgist: Pauline Abernathy
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote:Deb Burnham
Greeters:Ginny & John Rice
Coffee Hour: Jim Gerhard & Russell Baldwin
Counting Offering: Deb Burnham & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling:Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh


July 17
Texts: Genesis 18:1-10a & Luke 10:38-42



Many have called Abraham a "friend of strangers," philoxena, because of the kindness he and Sarah offered to strangers. More than just letting these strangers use the toilet, they go out of their way to offer hospitality! In a different story, Mary and Martha offer hospitality to Jesus. Martha serves the community. Mary sits and listens to Jesus. Both are necessary for us to do.

Preaching:Katie Aikins
Prayers: Mike Ehling
Liturgist:Deb Burnham
Children's Time: Pauline Abernathy
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Katrina Culley
Quote:Lucinda Megill Legendre
Greeters:Jessica Culley & Lucinda Megill Legendre
Coffee Hour: Chris Purdom & Ginny Rice
Counting Offering: Russell Baldwin & Angela Kent
Taking Recycling:Sarah Hill
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Mark Rader

July 24
Texts: Matthew 28:1-10 & Ephesians 3:14-21


We know that reaching out, being present, and working for love in our world is our mission. However, we also know that it is not easy--it can be draining and frustrating. It can feel like being blown around in a hurricane. God's word helps give us a how-to, best summarized by singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, "We can dance in a hurricane, but only if we're standing in the eye." In worship and fellowship we root ourselves in love; we stand in the eye of God's strength that brings freedom and tells us not to be afraid.

Preaching: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Prayers: Heather Bargeron
Liturgist: Geneva Butz
Children's Time: Todd Koser
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Jessica Culley
Quote:Katie Aikins
Greeters:Charlene & Vic Compher
Coffee Hour: Katrina Culley & Geneva Butz
Counting Offering: Ken Gritter & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling:Geneva Butz
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard

July 31
Texts: Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14 & Ecclesiastes 2:18-23 & Luke 12:13-21



We constantly forget what is truly valuable. We forget that the barns we build may eventually be burned or torn down. Despite the fact that the writer of Ecclesiastes may be just about the most depressing voice in the Bible, perhaps it’s not a bad idea to heed the warning that our striving can become damaging and “perfectly pointless” (Eccl 1:2 – Common English Bible).


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Barbara Purdom
Liturgist: Meagan McLeod
Children's Time: Ken Gritter
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Peter Mowen
Quote:Sarah Hill
Greeters:Jim Thacker & Genienne Navarro
Coffee Hour: Charlene & Vic Compher
Counting Offering: Chris Purdom & Ginny Rice
Taking Recycling:Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Sarah Hill




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Worship Theme for July 3

July 3 / Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Texts: Luke 10:1-11 & Galatians 6:1-16


Today we will reflect on Paul’s powerful words in Galatians: “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ…So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all.”

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Liturgist: Heather Bargeron
Children's Time: Deb Ahrens
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Barbara Purdom
Quote:Pauline Abernathy
Greeters:Mark Rader & Jessica Culley
Coffee Hour: Jim Thacker & Verona Stern
Counting Offering: Pauline Abernathy & Deb Ahrens
Taking Recycling:Barbara Purdom
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Deb Burnham
Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins
Setting Up & Serving: Jim Thacker
Cleaning Up & Serving: Ken Gritter
Picking Up Bread: Lee Pugh




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Worship Theme for June 26

June 26 / Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Lectionary Texts: Genesis 1:1-3 & Matthew 12:33-37


Dismantling Evil in a Beautiful World

Preaching: Youth Pastor, Meagan McLeod
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Ginny Rice
Children's Time: Deborah Ahrens
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Greeters:Deb Ahren
Coffee Hour: Jim Gerhard & Mike Ehling
Counting Offering: Deborah Ahrens & Deb Burnham
Taking Recycling: Ginny Rice
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard




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Worship Themes for June 19th

June 19 / Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Texts: I Kings 21:1-10 & I Kings 21:11-21a


"Have You Sold Out?"

We will look at how the text compels us to examine abuse of political power, exploitation of the resources of the poor for the (usually arbitrary) benefit of the elite, and the kind of feudal/oppressive system that produces dysfunctional leaders, like Ahab and Jezebel. The Bible gives us the faith witness of Naboth, who refused to sell all he had to the highest bidder, even if the bidder was the king. He paid for that refusal with his life, and that kind of resolve, to hold precious what we have inherited -- our land, our families, our communities, our values -- is what is needed to withstand the current political environment, in which everything can be bought and sold.

Preaching: Naomi Leapheart
Prayers: Chris Purdom
Liturgist: Deborah Ahrens
Children's Time: Jessica Culley
Sunday School: (Summer Holiday Observed)
A/V Tech: Richard Kalwaic
Quote: Pauline Abernathy
Greeter(s): Jim Thacker
Coffee Hour: Martha Gritter & Verona Stern
Counting Offering: Russell Baldwin & Ken Gritter
Taking Recycling: Ginny Rice
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Ginny Rice




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Third Quarter Rotations

The rotation schedule for the THIRD quarter of 2016 is now available:

THIRD QUARTER SCHEDULE (for letter-sized paper)




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June Newsletter

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Worship Themes for June

June 5 / Communion Sunday/ Third Sunday after Pentecost
Texts: I Kings 17:8-16 & I Kings 17:17-24 (Reference Psalm 146)



The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor

“The Lord hears the cry of the poor, blessed be the Lord” is the refrain in John Foley’s song based on Psalm 34. This refrain is the conviction of Elijah the prophet, whose story we share today. Elijah is convinced that God will hear the cry of the widow as she weeps over the death of her son. This faith is an audacious faith in a world where we would rather silence the cries of the poor and in so doing declare that their lives don’t matter.
Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Deb Burnham
Liturgist: Barbara Purdom
Children's Time: Katrina Culley
Sunday School: Geneva Butz & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Jessica Culley
Quote: Katie Aikins
Greeters: Deborah Ahrens & Chris Purdom
Hosting Church Potluck: Mike Ehling & Cord Briggs
Counting Offering: Jean Erb & Chris Page
Taking Recycling: Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh
Co-Officiating Communion: Nicole Diroff & Katie Aikins
Setting-Up & Serving: Russell Baldwin
Cleaning- Up & Serving: Jessica Culley
Picking Up Bread: Barbara Tilley
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June 12 / Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Texts: Galatians 2:15-21 & Luke 7:36-8:3




It’s easier to come to the table with a list of our accomplishments and the things that we are proud of, rather than come to the table with our shame, embarrassment and vulnerability. We can look at Facebook posts to see this truth in action! But if we are looking for real transformation in our lives, we have to be willing to come to the table with vulnerability. And that's just plain difficult.

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Katie Aikins
Liturgist: Ken Gritter
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: Nicole Diroff & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Barbara Purdom
Quote: Heather Bargeron
Greeters: Katrina Culley & Heather Bargeron
Coffee Hour: Lucy Miller & Deb Ahrens
Counting Offering: Ginny Rice & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling: Deborah Ahrens
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard


June 19 / Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Texts: I Kings 21:1-10 & I Kings 21:11-21a


"Have You Sold Out?"

Preaching: Naomi Leapheart
Prayers: Chris Purdom
Liturgist: Deborah Ahrens
Children's Time: Jessica Culley
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Richard Kalwaic
Quote: Pauline Abernathy
Greeters: Jim Thacker & Cord Briggs
Coffee Hour: Jim Gerhard & Verona Stern
Counting Offering: Russell Baldwin & Ken Gritter
Taking Recycling: Ginny Rice
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Ginny Rice


June 26 / Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Lectionary Texts: II Kings 2:1-2 & Galatians 5:1, 13-25 & Luke 9:51-62


TBA

Preaching: Youth Pastor, Meagan McLeod
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Ginny Rice
Children's Time: Deborah Ahrens
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Greeters: Sarah Hill & Genienne Navarro
Coffee Hour: Martha Gritter & Genienne Navarro
Counting Offering: Deborah Ahrens & Deb Burnham
Taking Recycling: Ginny Rice
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Sarah Hill




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May Newsletter

The May newsletter is on the news page of the website! Here are the links:

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Worship Themes for May

May 1 / Communion Sunday
Texts: John 14:23-29 & Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5


End Times

Rivers of life giving water... The tree of life... crops of fruit... leaves for the healing of the nations. These are images that John of Patmos had in his vision of the “end times” in the biblical book of Revelation. What does a vision of the end times have to do with this time? Why did it matter to John of Patmos to speak of such things to come? Why does it matter to us? Even though there is a theme of judgment in the book of Revelation, there is also a strong theme of hope and vision for the flourishing of all life.

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Susan Wargo
Liturgist: Mark Rader
Children's Time: Donald Wargo
Sunday School: Geneva Butz & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Richard Kalwaic
Quote: Deborah Ahrens
Greeters: Russell Baldwin & Lucy Miller
Hosting Church Potluck: Ken & Martha Gritter
Counting Offering: Jim Gerhard & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling: Lynn Lees
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Verona Stern
Co-Officiating Communion: Susan Teegan & Katie Aikins
Setting-Up & Serving: Susan Wargo
Cleaning- Up & Serving: Chris Purdom
Picking Up Bread: Barbara Tilley
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May 8/ Megan Gibson Preaching
Texts: Psalm 30:11-12,32:11-33:3 & Psalm 150


Preaching: Megan Gibson
Prayers: Mike Ehling
Liturgist: Deborah Ahrens
Children's Time: Jessica Culley
Sunday School: Geneva Butz & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Barbara Purdom
Quote: Cord Briggs
Greeters: Charlene & Vic Compher
Coffee Hour: Mike Ehling & Verona Stern
Counting Offering: Jean Erb & Jim Gerhard
Taking Recycling: Verona Stern
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh
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May 15 / PENTECOST!

Texts: Acts 2:1-21


Pentecost is the birthday of the church. And according to Acts 2 the birth of the church was marked by wildness, radical inclusivity and diversity. This is a powerful reminder of our ongoing vision and calling as the church of Jesus Christ in a world often marked by hostility and exclusion.

This year at Tab we want to reflect on a kind of re-birth that we are experiencing as a church, in a time of transition and change. Our service today will be led by Tab’s Church Council. We will be sharing about the work we’ve done so far as a result of our discernment process and some steps to take as we move forward. Ultimately our service today will be a time of celebrating and rededicating ourselves to Tab's mission through outreach and inreach. Council will give updates on the current active teams at Tab and invite you to discern your call to be involved in perhaps new or different ways.

In short, you won't want to miss this Sunday!

AND, there will be ice cream and "Tab Team Tables" to explore following the service.

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Heather Bargeron
Liturgist: Heather Bargeron
Children's Time: Katherine Huseman
Sunday School: Verona Stern & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote: Todd Koser
Greeters: Ken & Martha Gritter
Coffee Hour: Jim Gerhard & Cord Briggs
Counting Offering: Pauline Abernathy & Deb Burnham
Taking Recycling: Barbara Purdom
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Mark Rader
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May 22
Texts: Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31 & Psalm 8


Wisdom, personified as a woman in Proverbs, stands at the heights, along the highways, at the gates of the city and into the public sphere shouting at the top of her voice! Wisdom calls to us from the streets and often in the midst of the ordinary in our lives. Will we pay attention? How can we become Wisdom’s children?

* Baptism Today: Our service is a special one today as we celebrate the sacrament of baptism and welcome Maria Rose James into the family of God.

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Barbara Purdom
Liturgist: Jean Erb
Children's Time: Susan Pierce
Sunday School: Geneva Butz & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote: Pauline Abernathy
Greeters: Mike Ehling & Peter Mowen
Coffee Hour: Charlene Compher & Genienne Navarro
Counting Offering: Russell Baldwin & Ken Gritter
Taking Recycling: Sarah Hill
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard
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May 29
Texts: Galatians 1:1-12 & Luke 7:1-10


Today's gospel lesson is about the faith of a foreigner, a career Roman military officer. Jesus is amazed at the faith of this "enemy". Are we amazed? We might continue to be amazed that Jesus finds faith among those without it and faithlessness among those who claim it.


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Cord Briggs
Liturgist: Cord Briggs
Children's Time: Todd Koser
Sunday School: Geneva Butz & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Richard Kalwaic
Quote: Katrina Culley
Greeters: Barbara Purdom & Genienne Navarro
Coffee Hour: Jessica Culley & Katherine Huseman
Counting Offering: Deb Burnham & Jim Gerhard
Taking Recycling: Jim Thacker
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Sarah Hill
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PASTOR'S NOTES

EASTER PEOPLE

As I write this, the State of Georgia is getting ready to execute a man on death row this evening (March 31). His name is Joshua Bishop. He is 39 years old and has been on the row since he was 22. We pray for an end to the death penalty, we pray that above all else right now and tonight, Joshua would know deep in his bones the love that God has for him. We thank God for the people in his life who remind him of this truth. On Good Friday we sang Senzenina, the South African anti-apartheid song, meaning “What have we done”? And here we, as the writer of Hebrews says, “crucifying the Son of God all over again” (Heb 6:6). We keep killing the children of God today in our country. What have we done? Senzenina.

At our recent Prison Ministry meeting, Heather led a reflection by sharing an article about a woman who became friends with Joshua Bishop some years ago. Her friendship began with a letter she wrote to him. She is a Catholic Christian and had it not been for her relationship with Joshua, Joshua would have given up on the church. “What drew me to the Catholic Church was (her) kindness,” Joshua wrote. “I had lost my trust in people. But she brought me back into the arms of God…Correspondence brings hope. Communication is the greatest gift you can give to us guys. I would have to say letters are the glue that keeps us in here connected to our sanity and it gives us a (sense) of belonging to something bigger than this place or the death sentence,” Joshua said. In our Prison Ministry meeting we reflected on how something so simple as writing a letter to a person in prison might actually become a lifeline, just knowing that someone on the outside actually cares and is thinking of you and praying for you. Our group decided to focus our energy on writing letters and corresponding with people in jail and prison. We want to develop relationships with people and hopefully remind them that they are part of something bigger, a part of God’s family.

We have just been through Holy Week and on Sunday we celebrated the good news of the resurrection. We remembered that the death-dealing machines of our world do not, and will not, have the final word or claim on our lives. We are an Easter people. And being Easter people does not mean that we do things that are glamorous or impressive. Being Easter people means sometimes we sit down and write a letter to someone we’ve never met before. Maybe they will find hope through an encouraging word from us, and maybe we will learn in ways we could never expect about God’s radical love from people that our world considers criminal.
I’m grateful that the Easter story is ours to claim and proclaim. We are part of the unfolding of this sacred story, we are dared to find life in the midst of the powers of death. Hallelujah! Christ is risen!

Peace,
Katie




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April Newsletter

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Second Quarter Rotations

The rotation schedule for the SECOND quarter of 2016 is now available:

SECOND QUARTER SCHEDULE (for letter-sized paper)




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Worship Themes for April

April 3 / Second Sunday of Easter
Texts:Psalm 65:9-13 & Matthew 6:26-30


The Earth is ridiculously full of life. For nearly our entire history nature has far surpassed humanity's ability to control. That has changed and we must also change. No longer can we endlessly horde resources. The earth will heal itself when we heal our own inner spiritual void.

Preaching: Cord Briggs
Prayers: Katie Day
Liturgist: Pauline Abernathy
Children's Time: Deb Burnham
Sunday School: Nicole Diroff & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Jessica Culley
Quote: Susan Wargo
Greeters: Ginny Rice & John Rice
Church Potluck: Ken & Martha Gritter
Counting Offering: Jim Thacker & Angela Kent
Taking Recycling: Sarah Hill
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh
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April 10 / Third Sunday in Easter

Texts:Psalm 30 & John 21:1-19
The Most Important Question


“Do you love me?” I wonder if Jesus ever asked a more important question than this. It is the question that gets to the heart of everything we do and everything we are about. Here’s the stickler – if the answer is “yes”, like Peter we may be asked to go places where we do not wish to go.

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Fletcher Chmara- Huff
Liturgist: Heather Bargeron
Children's Time: Pauline Abernathy
Sunday School: Geneva Butz & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Peter Mowen
Quote: Dick Fernandez
Greeters: Geneva Butz & Cord Briggs
Church Potluck: Barbara & Chris Purdom
Counting Offering: Jean Erb & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling: Andy Lees
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Barbara Purdom




April 17 / Fourth Sunday in Easter
Texts:John 10:22-30 & Acts 9:36-43
Getting Up


We are in the season of Easter celebrating the resurrection of Jesus! It is interesting though that the stories we share in this season are not about how Jesus was brought back to life as much as they are about how the followers of Jesus were brought back to life. We still struggle to see beyond the reality and power of death in our lives and in our world. We need the stories of this season to challenge us to live in light of the unbelievable news of the Resurrection. We will hear one of these stories today!


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Deb Burnham
Liturgist: Russell Baldwin
Children's Time: Cord Briggs
Sunday School: Geneva Butz & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote: Deb Burnham
Greeters: Andy & Lynn Lees
Church Potluck: Russell Baldwin & Lucy Miller
Counting Offering: Ken Gritter & Chris Purdom
Taking Recycling: Lynn Lees
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Ginny Rice



April 24 / Fifth Sunday in Easter
Texts:Psalm 148 & Revelation 21:1-6

The Passing of First Things

Today we welcome guest preacher, the Reverend Alison Cornish, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light. She will be preaching on the theme of “The Passing of First Things” from the biblical book of Revelation. She will be speaking to us about the intersection of climate change and justice in light of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si and current issues here in Pennsylvania and particularly in Philadelphia.

Preaching: Alison Cornish
Prayers: Cord Briggs
Liturgist: Susann Wargo
Children's Time: Eloise Chevrier
Sunday School: Verona Stern & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Katrina Culley
Quote: Mike Ehling
Greeters: Jessica Culley & Heather Bargeron
Church Potluck: Katie Day & Katrina Culley
Counting Offering: Deb Burnham & Mike Ehling
Taking Recycling: Geneva Butz
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Deb Burnham




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Tabernacle United Church is a progressive congregation in West Philadelphia seeking a part-time Minister of Music and Choir Director who will create and lead a culture of congregational singing and participation in worship, drawing people closer to God, one another, and the world through music. Drawing from a diverse array of musical traditions and styles, including sacred, secular, ancient, classical, modern, contemplative/chant, folk and gospel, the Minister of Music will lead and accompany ensembles of varied sizes, as well as the congregation. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent church music experience and demonstrated experience in church music leadership, as well as these skills/attributes:

  • Proficiency in piano

  • Conducting/teaching vocal music to singers of all skill-levels and experience

  • A strong voice for leading/teaching congregational singing

  • An engaging presence in worship leadership, modeling energy for the congregation

  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and administrative skills

  • A commitment to helping others discover their voice and musical gifts


  • Responsibilities include:

  • Working collaboratively with the Pastor and Worship Team to plan worship services

  • Rehearsing with the choir 3X per month for the choir to sing in 3 services a month

  • Accompanying hymns and other service music on the piano during worship

  • Playing the prelude, postlude and offertory on the piano during worship

  • Overseeing Tabernacle’s music library and the budget for the purchase of new music

  • Providing Sunday bulletin music information to the Office Manager in a timely fashion

  • Recruiting/scheduling substitute musicians during time off or guest musicians for special services

  • Other music-related activities as needed


  • Pluses:

  • Skill playing another instrument in addition to piano (guitar, drums, flute, etc.)

  • Experience leading and singing with small ensembles (fewer than 10 singers)

  • Ability to improvise, arrange and/or compose worship music


Tabernacle is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA). We have one weekly worship service, Sunday at 10 am (avg. attendance: 65), including one jazz/praise service per month, as well as occasional special services throughout the year. Our sanctuary is equipped with a lovely Yamaha baby grand piano and there is a recently-acquired upright piano in close proximity to the church’s Music Office; Tabernacle does not have an organ. The position requires around 15 hours per week, depending upon the time of year. Competitive salary. Send resume, cover letter and recordings/videos (if available) to Rev. Katie Aikins at pastor@tabunited.org. You are also welcome to send any questions you might have to Pastor Aikins. For more information about Tabernacle United Church, please visit our website: http://www.tabunited.org.

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Worship Theme for March 13

March 13th Sixth Sunday in Lent

Texts:II Chronicles 9:1-12 & Song of Songs 1:5 & Exodus 1:15-21

Womanish Ways

This week we will reflect on the intersections of race and gender in the biblical text. How have the bodies of women of color been read and interpreted over time? How is God authoritatively working through these particular bodies to bring justice and shalom to the world?

Preaching: Naomi Leapheart
Prayers: Susan Wargo
Liturgist: Barbara Purdom
Children's Time:Katherine Huseman
Sunday School:Geneva Butz & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote: Todd Koser
Greeters: Russell Baldwin & Lucy Miller
Lenten Soup Lunch: Jessica Culley, Susan Pierce, & Verona Stern
Counting Offering: Deb Ahrens & Ginny Rice
Taking Recycling: Sarah Hill
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard




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March Newsletter

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HOLY WEEK 2016

March 20 Palm/Passion Sunday

Our service today will center on the theme of the "Framing of Jesus". We will consider how Jesus was framed from birth. He was set up to be condemned even before he was executed by the state. As we begin the journey through Holy Week, toward the cross, we will consider how we have contributed to the framing of Jesus and of others, how we ourselves have been framed, and how the church is called to shatter frames that bind and condemn.




Holy Wednesday, March 23rd
Dinner Church at Tabernacle, 6:30-8pm
University Lutheran Church, Tabernacle United Church and St Mary’s Episcopal Church are gathering together to worship, share in fellowship with conversation and food.
Led by Trent Williams, designated Pastor at St. John’s United Church of Christ




Maundy Thursday, March 24th
Service of Foot-washing and Holy Communion, 6:30 - 8pm
As we draw near to the cross, we will share a meal as the disciples did with Christ at the Last Supper. We will sing together and participate in a sacred act of love, through foot-washing.




Good Friday, March 25th
Vigil with Heeding God’s Call, 4pm
Good Friday “Stations of the Cross" walk in Germantown culminating in Vigil at 4pm. Details forthcoming




March 27 Resurrection/Easter Sunday

The Color of Resurrection

Today we celebrate the unbelievable good news of our faith: the victory of life over death through the resurrection of Jesus Christ! This year on Easter Sunday, we will notice Peter’s evangelistic words after witnessing the resurrection: “I really am learning that God doesn’t show partiality to one group of people over another.” The question turns toward us: How will we live now, in light of the resurrection?




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