Monthly Archives: April, 2018

  1. Online Worship Services : 2018 Youth Sunday

    Prayers of the People (written by Daniel Falkovic, Sarah Falkovic, and Betsy Kelly)

    Friends, let us pray.

    We pray for the world, for those in distress, for those in authority- that peace and justice might prevail.
    We pray for the nation, the state, local communities, and those who govern them- that they may know and have the strength to do what is right.
    We pray for the world- that we may use our resources responsibly and sustainably.
    We pray for those that struggle with their faith- that they may know God’s love and boldly share that love with others,
    We pray for those in the midst of transitions in life- that they may be guided by God’s word.
    We pray for those who are sick, grieving, lonely, and anxious- that they may be comforted and healed.
    We pray for those in our midst…
    Above all, we pray that everyone in this congregation, in our communities, and in the world know and share God’s perfect love.
    We pray these things together in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ who taught us to pray saying…Our Father…

  2. Online Worship Services : We Belong

    John 10:14-16, 27-30

    When I was in college, my dad began to re-explore the faith of his upbringing. One night over the phone, he told me that he thought he was a Christian. I responded, “But you don’t go to church. You don’t have a community of faith.” He said, “I don’t need one to be a Christian.” This was foreign to me – me, a child of the church, who only knew the sweetness of a community of faith. I retorted in full on theological sass, “Yes you do. You can’t be a Christian alone. You need people with you.”

    Thank God I was talking to my dad, who knows that the fullness of my vigor comes from the fullness of my heart even if it translates poorly. It wasn’t that I thought my dad wasn’t a follower of Jesus but I wanted my dad to know what I knew deeply: we belong to the Good Shepherd and we know this most intimately when we belong to the whole of Christ’s flock – when we have a place and a people to whom we belong. In the chaos of my youth, the good shepherds of Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church showed me what belonging looked like – it looked like teaching me in Sunday School and giving space for my plentiful questions; it looked like inviting me into the lectern because they saw me come alive when I led worship; it looked like chaperoning mission trips and doing energizers with me at Montreat. It looked like Jesus: tending to me, gathering me back up when I strayed, knowing me personally out of our entire flock.

    I am the first to say that this sheep-keeping business – this belonging business – is hard and messy work. Being part of the Good Shepherd’s flock bears a responsibility to live out our claim, our belonging-ness to all those within God’s generous fold. And it is deeper than a feeling of welcome or inclusion. Scottish theologian John Swinton helps me to understand it. He studies and teaches on how the church can respond to dementia and disability but his work casts a broad vision for what belonging looks like.

  3. Monthly Newsletter : April 18, 2018

    April 18 Newsletter

    In this Issue
    Concerns & Celebrations, WOW Wednesdays, We Form Kids, In the Library, Music News, CASA Apartment Update, Capital Campaign News, Aperture: Signs and Wonders: Two Families Who Share a Heart, Local Bull City Events, Property Manager Opening, Easter Offer Update, 2018 Vacation Church School, Westminster School for Children, Community Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities, Preaching Schedule, Worship Volunteers

  4. Online Worship Services : We Are Witnesses of These Things

    Psalm 4
    Luke 24: 36-49

    While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost.  He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?  Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself.  Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

    And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.  While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?”  They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.”

    Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you – that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”  Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.  And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

    The Word of God for the People of God.

    Thanks be to God.

  5. Online Worship Services : Is it True?

    John 20:19-31
    Psalm 133

    When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  After he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  When he had said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”