After six days of study leave and 36 pages of sermon notes planning our worship themes through the end of February, on my first Sunday back I am veering from the plan. This is my first time in the pulpit since the latest tragedies of violence in this country. I’ve turned to the prophet Amos to think about how we are called to faithfully respond.
Guest Pianist Nathaniel Dybevik will be accompanying the Chancel Choir and Congregation this week. Please welcome him. We will be singing a wide range of songs from our 18th century song of Praise and Adoration “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” to a traditional African American song “Thank You, Lord,” a modern resetting of Psalm 143 “When Morning Lights the Eastern Sky,” by our minister of Music, and our final song of commitment, describing the life of Discipleship with “He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought.” As we span the ages with the music and words of these hymns let us connect with our past and our present as those who are led by the comforting and grace filled hand of God.