Worship for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost includes a sermon by guest pastor, the Rev. Kellie Weekley-Mills, titled "Tethered. Yet Boundless."
We had a technical glitch while recording on Friday...I forgot to put my phone on airplane mode before we began recording, and a spam call came in right in the middle of the service, which stopped the recording! John fortunately figured out what happened and we were able to go back and re-record the missing portion before we finished the service. However, while looking to see where we needed to begin again, I pulled the cord out connected to the microphones to listen and forgot to plug it back in. So, there is about a 10 minute portion at the end of the sermon up to the beginning of the prayer where the audio changes before John noticed the cable was unplugged and reconnected it. You can still hear everything, it just sounds far away since it's the built in camera microphone and not the one at the pulpit.
The new Mevo Start wireless streaming camera is on order and should be here in the next 2 weeks. Once we return to regular in-person Sunday morning worship, we will be able to live stream our services on Facebook as well as post to YouTube with this camera.
This 8th Sunday after Pentecost, the Rev. Kellie Weekly-Mills returns to the pulpit to share a sermon focusing on the familiar creation story in Genesis. This week is part 1, titled "Creativity out of Chaos." Tune in next week for part 2!
This week we welcome the Reverend Carol Divens Roth to our pulpit. Rev. Divens Roth pastored several churches in Pittsburgh Presbytery, including neighboring Waverly, and has served on the presbytery staff. She is currently co-chair of the presbytery Executive Committee. She and her husband Mark, a retired journalist, just celebrated their 51st anniversary. Her sermon, titled "I Am Number 26," focuses on Matthew 25:31-40. A mix of old and new hymns complement the scriptures and theme.
Worship for the 6th Sunday after Pentecost includes a message from Exodus and Colossians by Rev. Weekley-Mills entitled "The Enigmatic God." We sing of the great I AM with several familiar hymns and praise songs.
We welcome the Rev. Kellie Weekley-Mills to our pulpit for this 5th Sunday after Pentecost. She preaches a sermon based on Jonah 3:1-10 titled "All In!"
Born in Huntington, WV, Kellie graduated from Marshall University with a degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia with a M.Div. and Presbyterian School of Christian Education with a MA in Christian Ed. Ordained by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she has served churches in Purseglove, WV and Mobile, AL (internships), Ashe County NC, and Pittsburgh PA (solo pastorates). She was pastor of Riverview United Presbyterian in Observatory Hill for 13 years, and currently serves as Minister at Large in Pittsburgh Presbytery as a supply preacher. She is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Repurposed Store with Living in Liberty, a non-profit working with women to bring them out of trafficking and provide services to assist them in moving forward. Proud mother of Penn State student, Rachel. Spoiler of family dog, Primrose.
Also, if you weren't aware, Comcast/Xfinity or Verizon Fios customers with the voice remote have the ability to watch YouTube on their TVs. Just press the voice button and say "First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood on YouTube" and our channel should show up, allowing you to select this week's video.
Finally, as you consider your donations, we ask you to remember both FPCE (you can mail a check to the church at 120 East Swissvale Avenue or donate online at http://www.fpcedgewood.org/donate.html) and the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry. In their most recent newsletter emailed out the other day, WCM director Ruth Kittner says that items that are always in need include: tooth paste, individually packaged bars of soap, laundry soap, cleaning supplies (cleanser, disinfectant) and toiletries (including disposable razors), hearty canned soups, dried beans, rice, tea bags, instant coffee, ground coffee. Dog and cat food for animals of all ages. Please drop items off at 702/704 Wood Street Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm, or call at 412-241-8072. You can donate to them online as well at http://wcm15221.org/donate/
Stay cool and safe in the hot weather this week!
Our online worship for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost includes the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper as requested by Pastor Michael for his last Sunday service with us. You are encouraged to have the bread and cup ready to partake when invited to do so. The Rev. Brian Wallace, Associate Minister at Pittsburgh Presbytery, joins our service to share in the Recognition of Honorable Retirement from the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. Continue watching after Sunny's postlude to see a video compilation of well-wisher and farewell messages from members of the congregation to Pastor Michael as we were not able to come together for a formal, in-person celebration in this time of social distancing.
On this third Sunday after Pentecost, Pastor Michael preaches a sermon titled "Tough Times, Tough Choices," on some difficult words that Jesus said in Matthew 10. As this is Father's Day, spend some time honoring the important men in our lives. Join in the responses, hymns, and prayers as they appear on your screen.
For this week's worship, we focus on justice and peace in word and song. Pastor Michael preaches on the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan. We share in a responsive spoken and sung psalm as well as several familiar hymn tunes. As usual, video, audio, and PDF versions of the service are posted.
We celebrate God in three persons on Trinity Sunday. You are invited to join in the responses and familiar hymns as we gather around, proclaim, respond to, and send into the world God's Word during this week's online worship. The service is available in video, audio, and pdf bulletin formats.
Happy Birthday to the church! The unofficial beginning of the Christian church begins when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles with a rush of wind and flames on the day we call Pentecost. We celebrate with a worship service full of music typically done in our Emerging Worship format (without the full ensemble!) as well as the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
It wouldn't be the weekend without another technical glitch, right? So this week's misadventure begins with an attempt to make Pastor Michael's voice more clear on our recordings. We tested out a wireless microphone that would connect directly with my phone camera. All three of us (Michael, John, and I) checked it with the ear piece. Perfectly clear, best it's ever sounded. What did we discover after we finished recording? The phone didn't recognize the external microphone and used the default built-in microphone. Apparently we needed a special cable that allows the phone to recognize the mic. So, during the spoken parts of the service, you may hear the air conditioning coming on in the background, you might occasionally hear John breathing into his mask from behind the camera, and at times Michael's voice might be a little "echo-y." I did the best to filter it with the EQ settings in the video editor to amplify his voice and got it to a fairly decent place I think. The music part was recorded on another device closer to the piano, so it is clearer and has no background noise. I'm gonna get this right - it's driving me crazy!
As we've invited you to do in the past, if you would like to participate in communion, we ask that you prepare the elements of bread and cup before you watch so that you may partake when instructed to do so. And, these songs are some of our favorites that are well known to the congregation - so join us in the celebration by singing at home!
With all of the chaos and turmoil happening in the world around us, take some time to be with the Holy Spirit today.
PDF bulletin, SoundCloud audio, and YouTube video links below: