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Worship Service January 23, 2022

Worship Service January 23, 2022

Posted by Elk Grove Presbyterian Church on Sunday, January 23, 2022

Next Week’s Sermon:

“Facing Death”

This morning we are returning to our series titled: Faces of our Faith. I’m sure you remember that series! I know it’s been a while since we were here, but we didn’t want to miss some important people who we were not able to focus on last year. This morning we find ourselves reliving Holy week and the crucifixion of Jesus. Like many of the other Faces of Our Faith, I have never preached on the person who is the focus of the scripture passage.

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

“Facing Death”

“Facing Death”

This morning we are returning to our series titled: Faces of our Faith. I’m sure you remember that series! I know it’s been a while since we were here, but we didn’t want to miss some important people who we were not able to focus on last year. This morning we find ourselves reliving Holy week and the crucifixion of Jesus. Like many of the other Faces of Our Faith, I have never preached on the person who is the focus of the scripture passage.

“Shine Your Light”

“Shine Your Light”

“A Home for All” is the theme our passage this morning. The passage is about John the Baptist, and I like to think that he is speaking to us today, really preparing the way, our way, everybody’s way to find their home. It’s quite lovely to think that there is a place for all of us to call home. Isn’t it?  What does it mean to be home?  We’re not that far passed the holidays when many of us were home with family and friends…we know what it means to be home, to be safe, to be cared for, to be accepted for who we are even with all our flaws and imperfections. What does it mean that we are called to prepare the way for others to find their home?  “Prepare the Way for the Lord,” are the words crying out from the wilderness.

“Our True Home”

“Our True Home”

Chosen Home- is the overall theme for this morning. What is our true home? What is our chosen home? Are they the same or maybe different?

This morning we get a rare glimpse into a very early understanding of how Jesus might answer these questions about chosen home. In the passage we will read Jesus is no longer a baby and he has not yet started his ministry as an adult. He is a child…a real child. He is 12 years old in this passage