Worship With US onLine  
Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 10 a.m.

We will worship in an online format at our usual time. We will not meet in person for worship until further notice. You can access worship in the following ways:

Or you may listen in by Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 551 983 428

Password: 226217


If you do not wish to participate with video on Zoom, you can call in using the following number:

Dial: 13126266799,,

Enter Meeting ID: #551983428


Please note that when you sign on call into Zoom your audio will be muted. For safe measure, please mute your device if possible, as well.


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.

Announcements for Sunday, August 16, 2020:

  • Chris will be in the office on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday morning. But please, feel free to email office@preslincoln.org or call 217-732-6141 at any time to leave a message. we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
  • You are invited to call in for our ZOOM-based, TUESDAY TEA @ 2 P.M. You can find the login information on our Zoom-Hub page (see link at the top of this page).
  • On Wednesday, August 19, the Book Study will meet at 1:30 p.m. at St. John’s UCC. You are still invited to participate in the 7 p.m. ZOOM meeting as well. Call in at:1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 959 9477 4916, Password: 513617
  • Please continue to drop off items for the Food Pantry in the blue tub on the office porch. They continue to seek donations of dish soap, lotion/hand cream, body wash, paper towels, tissues, laundry and cleaning supplies, band aids, and bar soap, as well as, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
  • Thank you, for your faithful offerings to the church. Please click on the "GIVE" link at the top of the page to present your gifts online.



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!


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!