Please note that as we return to in-person worship our service time will remain at 11:00am (to start). Our in-person services will continue to be streamed on Facebook and Zoom, using the same links. Please share these links with your friends. Bear in mind that we cannot share the Zoom links publicly (to keep from being Zoom bombed), so please share it person to person rather than posting it on Facebook/Twitter, or other public social media. It’s fine to share the Facebook link broadly and publicly.
Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/
Lesson: Psalm 9
Message: “What does God’s justice look like?”
I was glad to hear of how well the Candidating Week went for UPA and for Pastor Cheryl! I had a feeling that this would be a joyful time. I hope that we can all look toward the fall with excitement and hope for what’s next. I am looking forward to being with you through August.
This Sunday, we’re going to focus on God’s justice. Our text is from Psalm 9, which highlights the way that God interacts with “the nations”. In the time when this psalm was written, nations were largely small and tribal. There were many nations who were in competition with one another. As our country has become more fractured along party lines, and various demographics, our divisions have also been described as “tribal”. An understanding of God’s justice requires looking at the ways that we divide ourselves from one another. Hopefully, it also looks at the ways that we might organize ourselves together.
On Sunday we’ll celebrate two outward signs of justice – and the call for further justice. Juneteenth is this Saturday. This marks the day when federal troops took control of the state of Texas to ensure that all enslaved people would be freed. It celebrates and honors the end of slavery in the United States. We’ll also celebrate Pride in the GLBTQ+ community. In our reflection we’ll take a look at what these each have to say about God’s justice and how we might be a part of it.
Also, I want to share with you that we are looking to hear feedback about how our services are running during this time – both online and in person. Parish Council has committed to regularly evaluating how things are going and addressing our needs. If you have any feedback on how things are going in our return to in person worship or in our video streaming, please reach out to our moderators, John Connor and Elizabeth McVittie, or to our chair of Worship Board Linda Wood-Boyle.
Grace and peace to you as we enter this new time for everyone,
Prelude: “Come Thou Fount” John Wyeth
Meditation: “Ladue Chapel” Ronald Arnatt
Postlude: “Chorale Prelude in G” Friedrich Zachau
Live Stream Information
Streaming from the sanctuary will continue to be an unfolding process as we try to include remote participants as fully as possible and as we work with our soundsystem which was not designed for live streaming. Please bear with us as we navigate any glitches that arise.
We will continue streaming our worship on both Zoom and Facebook Live. For Zoom login information please reach out to Chris at Chris@newtonchurch.org
Facebook Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.com/
Please share these links with your friends. Bear in mind that we cannot share the Zoom links publicly (to keep from being Zoom bombed), so please share it person to person rather than posting it on Facebook/Twitter, or other public social media. It’s fine to share the Facebook link broadly and publicly.