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Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 10 a.m.

 

Preparing for Worship

“Wherever two or more are gathered in my name,” Jesus said, “there am I in the midst of them.” Whether you’re gathered around the breakfast table with your family, sitting in your favorite recliner, or taking a walk outside, we assemble Jesus’ name bearing witness to the Church’s identity and mission as Christ’s body in the world.

As you prepare for worship, light a candle. This simple act reminds us of God’s presence in this hour of worship and the entrance of Jesus Christ, the light of the world, into our midst. This candle will remind you of Christ’s light and love, and it will also be a symbol to signify our togetherness despite our separation, during this time. I invite you to share a picture of your candle and your “worship space.” Please also email me your picture at pastor@preslincoln.org; on Sunday afternoon, I will share images of our togetherness.   


Please click on the image to the left, for your copy of the bulletin.

Resources for children:

Announcements for Sunday, March 29, 2020:

  • Your offerings can be mailed to the church at 301 Pekin St., Lincoln, IL 62656 or you may give online by clicking the "Give" link at the top of the page and following the instructions.
  • Kirk Night is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 8 on ZOOM. 
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  • Morning Prayer: Visit our Zoom Hub for Morning Prayer at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. 
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  • A Holy Week Book Discussion: Join Adam for a Holy Week discussion of the book, “Did God Kill Jesus?” by theologian and writer, Tony Jones. “Many Christians believe that God the Father demanded his only Son die a cruel, gruesome death to appease His wrath, since humanity is so irredeemably sinful and therefore repugnant to God. Tony argues that this understanding is actually a medieval invention and not what the Bible really teaches. He looks beyond medieval convictions and liberates how we see Jesus's death on the cross from this restrictive paradigm.”  The books can be purchased in the office for $10. You can also find the title on Kindle and other eBook platforms. 

  • Adam will be by himself in the parking lot at church Sunday, April 12, at 7 a.m. and will preach an Easter sermon. I will also offer a blessing to each car, remaining 8 ft away. You will NOT need to leave your vehicle. 

SUNDAY MORNINGS

We welcome one and all to worship God with us on Sunday morning.  Come as you are!  As Presbyterians we believe that in worship, the people of God acknowledge God present in the world and in our lives.  Worship is the offering of our lives back to God in response to God's grace, which also equips us for God's service in the world.


We worship at 10:00 a.m. pm Sunday mornings.  We offer coffee and donuts before worship beginning at 9:15a.m.


Children are welcome at our church and celebrated in our worship service. We do provide childcare but encourage parents to include their little ones in worship. From the youngest to the wisest in the congregation, all are needed to make up the body of Christ! 

What can you expect?

As Presbyterians, our worship service praises and glorifies God through the fullness of music, prayers, scripture, and the preached Word. The talented Chancel Choir lifts its unified voice to God in anthems as the congregation joins them, together singing both time-honored and modern hymns. The sacrament of Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month. 


Children's activity worship bags are available outside our main sanctuary doors. The bags include fun and educational Bible-based activities for kids to do while they participate in the worship services.


When the worship hour ends at 11:00 a.m., our fellowship continues in the church parlor. Newcomers are especially welcomed to be part of our worship and our fellowship. We hope to see you in church this Sunday!





SErmons


Faith is meant to be spoken, and sermons are for the speaking of it, in part. There are myriad other ways to speak our faith, too. Where sermons are concerned, they are meant to be heard and experienced, and not only read. Sermons always have a context — the context being the shared life of a congregation, the pastoral relationships that have developed, and the overall life of the city in which the church dwells. Thus, we write sermons to be preached and heard, and not read, for it is when they are preached and heard that they (hopefully) come alive. When reading a sermon, one misses inflections, gestures, voice modulations, and so much more that make a sermon a sermon.


That said, we know that we are among those who have been shaped by reading sermons, thus we offer these to you. Perhaps you were not (or generally are not) able to be with us in worship; perhaps you appreciate the discipline of study and review; perhaps you want to share a thought with another. In any case, you are welcome to these our humble expositions for what we - your pastor/preacher - believe God to be saying and singing in our midst.


See below for our most recent sermon!

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