Upcoming Service Notes for May 27, 2018

The way we live is determined largely by who we think we are as human beings.  That self-identity is determined largely by who or what we think God is.  We may think we never think about such things, we may be full of doubts about God, but our actions reveal an underlying view of the universe and our place in it.

Psalm 8 asks God, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them?”  In other words, who are we and who is God?  The way we treat one another will be affected by how we answer that—how we treat the stranger or the enemy or our dog or cat or the earth itself.  The answer naturally changes as we go through different stages in life.  Christ had a vision of human beings and God that was far beyond what most people around him could see.  He continues to push us to grow into higher stages of understanding so that our treatment of the world will evolve to be closer to the purity and power of Christ-like love. 

The world needs us to have the heart and mind of Christ now more than ever.  This service will help us reflect on how Christ is calling us to see ourselves and our role, and what that means we are called to do with our lives.  We will read from Psalm 8 and Romans 8, we will sing “O How Glorious, Full of Wonder,” and “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” and a hymn set to the beautiful tune Hyfrydol entitled “God, What Are Human Beings?”

The choir will sing the inspiring South African song, “Freedom Is Coming,” and (echoing the recent royal wedding), “Stand By Me,” as well as “We Shall Overcome.”  Becky Bailey will be our guest choir director and pianist, playing “O Happy Day,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” and “Amazing Grace.”  A great day for music!  Please come join the choir–all you have to do is show up at 8:50 on Sunday morning.  Thank you!

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