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Worship Service December 4, 2022

Worship Service December 4, 2022

Posted by Elk Grove Presbyterian Church on Sunday, December 4, 2022

Next Week’s Sermon:

“What Stories Do We Tell?”

Each week during advent we are going to look at the characters in our scriptures and wonder; What did each character pass on or contribute? How did each character participate in God’s liberation and love? Which characters try to thwart God’s justice and what can we learn from them; What is our role now? What is our generation’s task? What will we carry forth, and what should we leave behind? We begin this series from the gospel of Matthew and the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah.

Worship is the most important aspect of our existence as a community of faith.

At the start of worship God is invoked to join the congregation for the service. Through worship we realize together that God’s presence brings special meaning to all that we do and say during worship. God’s word is read at least twice in every service, once by a worship leader from the congregation and again by the pastor. The pastor’s sermon for the day is based on the scripture readings.

The Sacraments

The sacraments are important to Elk Grove Presbyterian Church. COMMUNION is served on a monthly basis. The congregation is invited to approach the communion table to receive communion. BAPTISM is performed occasionally. The baptism bowl is filled with water and sometimes stones so the recipient may be reminded of baptism and all it means.

Music

Music is important to the worship service. We sing several hymns related to the service each Sunday. The choir provides music for nine months of the year including the performance of a cantata just before Christmas. In the summer we have Hymn Sings around a theme or book of old favorites. We also use the musical gifts of various church members, as EGPC is a body of wonderfully talented people.

The Sanctuary

The sanctuary enhances our worship. The large stained glass cross focuses our worship. We purchased a new communion table and pulpit just a few years ago, New table cloths were made to decorate the table with the appropriate color for the season of the church year. We have the usual candles with special candles and lighting throughout the year. Flowers further adorn the sanctuary on Christmas and Easter. Our usual “windows” on God’s kingdom our banner, remind us of various events and celebrations and theological ideas.

Recent Sermons

“What Stories Do We Tell?”

“What Stories Do We Tell?”

Each week during advent we are going to look at the characters in our scriptures and wonder; What did each character pass on or contribute? How did each character participate in God’s liberation and love? Which characters try to thwart God’s justice and what can we learn from them; What is our role now? What is our generation’s task? What will we carry forth, and what should we leave behind? We begin this series from the gospel of Matthew and the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah.

“Trust the Darkness”

“Trust the Darkness”

As we begin, I have an important question to ask you, do you think we, you and I, do you think there is a possibility that we could be blind? Could we be blind and not even know it? I see all of you looking at me, I see your eyes…and I think most of us would be quick to say, “I’m not blind, I am fully aware of everything going on around me.”

“Hitherto”

“Hitherto”

Both of our lessons today talk about times of crisis – times when life was falling apart.

Our first lesson – which Barbara read, from Luke 21 – is set some 2,000 years ago, before Jesus’ death & resurrection. The disciples are trying to enjoy a moment of awe & wonder looking up at the Temple in Jerusalem.

It was a beautiful, impressive building some 20 stories high with huge stones, each weighing tons- polished – lovely.  For the disciples – this was what we used to call a Kodak Moment, “Someone take a picture – so we can show our friends. . .”