The opening Sunday of the season included Pastor Brad Kalajainen preaching on the practicalities of living out our theme for the season of “Walking Together,” as well as special music from JaiLynn Petrie.
Scripture Lesson: John 16:12-15; Romans 5:1-5; Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
The service this week featured the first of several introductory interviews with the visiting minister that occurred over the course of the summer, providing an opportunity to get to know Bishop Bard more personally.
Preaching the text of the traditional benediction, the Rev. Romig celebrated Father’s Day with a powerful message about the importance of blessings and what they mean in our lives. A gifted musician, Chris also provided the special music for the service.
Pastor Brad spoke on the power and importance of using the Lord’s Prayer as a model of how to pray better. Jill Wilkinson shared her personal story about her daughter’s health struggles and the power of her prayer journals and the community prayers offered up around her. To commemorate Memorial Sunday, the names of those we lost in the past year were read, the bell was rung, and special music, “Remember Me,” was offered by JaiLynn Petrie.
Today’s service (Morava Family Sunday) included an introductory interview with Reverend Imathiu about her multicultural viewpoint, gorgeous special music in the form of a violin solo from Olivia Yost, and a moving sermon about the story of Ruth.
For Dorothy and Forrest Colwell Memorial Sunday, we had an incredibly full service. There was special music from Sully Nolot, the annual introduction of the Activities Team by our Activities Director, Megan McCain, an introductory interview with Smoke, and his beautiful sermon about what it means to truly love others and not judge them.
Vespers – Due to a technical issues, we were unable to record the Vespers service this evening.
Pastor Brad preached his third Sunday of the season, on the story of the fiery furnace, and about turning our fears and ‘what ifs’ into our ‘even ifs.’ Our musician, JaiLynn Petrie, shared her personal story about the birth of her daughter, as well as special music, and we joined in the sacrament of communion together.
Today’s service, celebrating Epworth Heights Founders Memorial Sunday, included special music from the always-delightful Krystal Bells, the baptism of Thomas Patrick Reagan, and a powerful message from Reverend Joynt.
For Larry Saksa Memorial Sunday, we gladly welcomed Carol Hilborn and her angelic flute-playing as special music and an enriching part of our worship service. This morning’s message was Part 1 of a two-part sermon series from the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke about his life-changing experiences in Manhattan on September 11, 2001 and in the days and weeks following.