This week the adult choir will sing a round based on the crossing of the Red Sea in Exodus when God is with the Israelites in pillars of cloud and fire. The words and music of Under the Sun are written by Michael O’Connor. The adult choir will also sing Be Still and Know by Ronald Nelson. This piece draws on many familiar scripture passages that all call us to listen for God, and know that God will be with us in difficult times. Jonathan will play organ music by J. S. Bach and Italian composer Girolamo Frescobaldi. To mark the season of Lent, the congregation will remain seated during the closing voluntary for a time of reflection at the end of each worship service.
This Sunday our Lenten Devotional booklet will be available. Look for it in the Gathering Place. Many thanks to those who participated by writing entries and submitting artwork. These words and images will guide us through the season of Lent as we ponder the question, What Shall We Do? Here is a devotion from our booklet to ponder this day, and give you a glimpse of what you will find in the collection.
Letting the catcher catch
I may speak for many when I say that the last few months have been deeply unsettling. The specter of divisiveness and hate-filled rhetoric; the occupation of the highest office in the land by a chaotic and strange leader who just seems to want the divide to deepen and widen; a Congress strangely silent on issues of tremendous import; a divided judiciary. For me personally it has been a time of losing dear members of our community as well as illness in the family, while internationally violence and cruelty are widespread. It is a difficult time.
A voice somewhere in my earshot seems to say, however, “Be still – I am with you – You are not alone – The world is Mine ultimately.” I am led to a passage from a book written by theologian Henri Nouwen recounting a conversation he had with a famous trapeze artist who “flew“ without a net. Henri asked him how he had the confidence to do this and the artist said that all he really had to do was fly, and trust.
He flew and the catcher caught him. I guess this Lenten season that is what I need to do, trust that if I dare to fly — to trust that the Catcher will catch me — I will be caught. During Lent I hope to listen for that voice that says, “Trust Me. I am the Creator. Dare to fly with Me, I will never leave your side.” I don’t know if I am that brave but I do know that I can try to find out. Can I let the Catcher catch?
Holy God, creator of the universe, forgive us for failing to see the miracle of our existence. Help us to trust that you are the only net we will ever need. Remind us that in life we belong to you, and in death we belong to you, so in this world or beyond we belong to the One who loves us into life and promises eternity through faith.
~ Lynn Noland
Life-Long Song is each Thursday at 11:00 am-noon and continues through May 18. We will not meet on Thursday, April 6. This gathering provides an opportunity for music-making in community to enrich our lives and improve physical health and mental agility. No special skills or previous experience is necessary. Please come and enjoy fellowship and singing in a very relaxed and welcoming group. Contact Megan Sharp at email@example.com if you have questions. Life-Long Song meets in room 208 in the education building.
Do you consider yourself a friendly person? Do you enjoy getting to know new people? Do you like to make people feel welcome and included? If your answers are affirmative, then please consider serving as a “First Friend“ to a new member who will be joining WPC this spring!
As you know, the month of March is now upon us. Sunday classes for prospective new members are running from March 12th through April 2nd. Those wishing to join the church will meet with Session on April 9th and be received in worship soon thereafter. If last fall is any indication, we can look forward to a large group of new members joining us this spring.
Hence this call from the Membership Committee for volunteers to serve as First Friends to all our anticipated new members! We are hoping to compile a master list of current members (teaching elders, too) who might be interested. Couples may sign up to befriend a new member couple as well.
What is involved? –just being that special church friend who helps a new member become familiar with our church’s programs and activities, and assists the new member in becoming integrated into church life. This may include extending an invitation to sit with you and your family for worship or to go with you to the Gathering Place to meet others during Coffee Hour, meeting for the adult lunch or an organ concert, or anything else you might want to do. A major time commitment is not anticipated.
If being a First Friend to a new member sounds like something you would enjoy, please contact anyone on the Membership Committee—Billie Best, Dana Eastman, Carolyn Kelly, Nadine Roddy, or Debbie Wolfe—and we will gladly add your name to our list. Many thanks!
Nadine Roddy for the Membership Committee
The adult choir will sing Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart by David Ashley White with text by Christopher Idle as we consider the Transfiguration of Jesus this week in worship. They will also sing a setting of the well-known African-American spiritual Lord, I Want to Be a Christian arranged by Moses Hogan. Moses Hogan (1957-2003) was a well known American pianist, conductor and arranger. He is best remembered for his arrangements of African-American spirituals that have been sung by choirs around the world. Roger Authers is our guest organist this week. He will play music by German composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Erasmus Kindermann.