Worship for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost includes a message titled "Availability..." by guest pastor, the Rev. Dr. Dan Merry. Several familiar and favorite hymns are also included in the service.
On this 14th Sunday after Pentecost, we share in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The Rev. Dr. Dan Merry leads us in worship this week in an energetic service full of a great message and uplifting music. In addition to the livestream video posted on our Facebook page, the edited video is available on YouTube and audio only on our SoundCloud channel.
This is our first attempt at a Facebook Live Stream of our worship service. Members are encouraged to either watch online at facebook.com/fpcedgewood and follow along with the bulletin linked below, or if they feel healthy and safe enough to do so, they may join us in the back of the sanctuary following our established safety protocols. Those wishing to watch the fully edited video on YouTube may do so on Monday morning after Shaun has a chance to add in hymns, responses, and upload it.
The Rev. Carol Divens Roth joins us once again to lead worship this week, preaching a sermon titled "The Chicken Coop." Musical selections are varied - from traditional to newer tunes, Iona Community to Irish folk song. You are encouraged to fully participate in the service from home as it happens on screen.
And special worship update (a more detailed email and post card is coming later this week):
We will move to Sunday mornings for our worship service THIS coming Sunday, August 31 at 11:00am. The same set up as Friday afternoons will apply, with those wishing to attend our recording session invited to enter the East Swissvale Avenue entrance, masked, sitting socially distanced. The same rules apply during the service: avoid handshakes, hugs, singing, but do join in prayers and responses. We will attempt to live stream the service on Facebook while recording Sunday at 11:00. The bulletin will be emailed out Friday afternoon so that you can follow along if watching the live stream. The edited video with responses & lyrics will be available on YouTube Monday morning.
As our guest pastor, the Rev. Carol Divens Roth, said in her email to the staff about this week's service, "if we can have Christmas in July, why not Easter in August?!" This week we are reminded that every Sunday is a little Easter by recounting the story of the empty tomb found in the gospel of Luke. The psalm reading encourages us with the repeated phrase, "his steadfast love endures forever."
Our worship for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost includes the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. You are invited to prepare the elements of bread and juice (of any kind) at home to partake when invited to do so. Our guest pastor this week is the Rev. Brian Wallace, Associate Minister at Pittsburgh Presbytery. He preaches from the gospel of Matthew and Psalm 1 in a sermon titled "What Gives You Life?"
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.