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Worship Service June 26, 2022

Worship Service June 26, 2022

Posted by Elk Grove Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 26, 2022

Next Week’s Sermon:

“The Lord Bless You and Keep You”

This morning we turn to another chapter of Kate Bowler’s book, Good Enough to the chapter titled: “Blessed”. You won’t be surprised to see that the very title of her chapter leads us to the Sermon of the Mound in the book of Matthew. Now this image doesn’t look like much of a mound, but I liked this picture of the image of Jesus. Anyway, the sermon of the mound is a series of teachings that expand through three Chapters in Matthew, chapters 5,6, and 7.

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

“The Lord Bless You and Keep You”

“The Lord Bless You and Keep You”

This morning we turn to another chapter of Kate Bowler’s book, Good Enough to the chapter titled: “Blessed”. You won’t be surprised to see that the very title of her chapter leads us to the Sermon of the Mound in the book of Matthew. Now this image doesn’t look like much of a mound, but I liked this picture of the image of Jesus. Anyway, the sermon of the mound is a series of teachings that expand through three Chapters in Matthew, chapters 5,6, and 7.

“Happy Enough”

“Happy Enough”

For the next few weeks our sermon series is going to be focused on a book by Kate Bowler, “Good Enough.” We used this book for our Lenten study, and our Women’s Bible Study continued using it because we found her devotions led us to such deep conversations; conversations about real life, real struggles and real issues that we face on a daily basis. This week we will focus on one of the devotions titled: Happy Enough.

“The Cost of Courage”

“The Cost of Courage”

You and me, we worship the living God, the Christ who boldly revealed to us the cost of courage…the cost of going against the popular, political views, the cost of standing in opposition to those in power and authority, the cost of raising up the lowly and bringing down the haughty. The journey of being and becoming who we are called to be as followers of Christ has a cost. We know the cost…we just have to go back to the cross to remember.