Generosity Versus Practicality

On this fifth Sunday of Lent, Pastor Lydia delved into the passage of John 12:1-8, where Jesus dines with his closest friends and at that gathering, Mary spends her most expensive perfume washing Jesus’ feet. Judas admonishes her wasteful action but Jesus has something else to say…

The choir performed “Open Our Eyes, Lord,” a sung Amen, and “Come to the Table.” It was also a Communion Sunday, where the congregation participated in a beautiful sung communion liturgy.

Many thanks to Pam Zwingman who was our liturgist, Michaela Hill who recorded the service, and Grace Amador who was the pianist.

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The God Who Welcomes

On this fourth Sunday of Lent, Pastor Lydia preached on the famous gospel lectionary passage of the prodigal son (Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32). Though many of us have heard this story many times, the Walnut Bible study group, in studying the passage this past week, heard a unique message from the holy spirit, which Pastor Lydia conveyed. Tune in to listen in.

The choir performed “Majesty, Worship His Majesty” as the introit and a sung Amen.

Many thanks to Jeff Chamlee who was our liturgist, Michaela Hill who recorded the service, and Grace Amador who was the pianist.

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The Gardener

On this Sunday, Pastor Lydia preached on the gospel lectionary passage where Jesus shares that repentance is important for everyone, no matter how holy or unholy we think we are (Luke 13:1-9). But won’t worry, this is a comforting message rather than an intimidating one. Watch the service to see why.

The choir performed “Majesty, Worship His Majesty” as the introit and a sung Amen.

Many thanks to Jay Swartz who was our liturgist, Michaela Hill who recorded the service, and Grace Amador who was the pianist.

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Be a Chicken

On this second Sunday of Lent, Pastor Lydia preached on the gospel lectionary passage for that day, Luke 13:31-35. Comparing people to foxes, hens, and chicks, Jesus had a powerful message to convey to his listeners and of course, to us.

The choir performed “Majesty, Worship His Majesty” as the introit and a sung Amen.

Many thanks to Jackie Navarro who was our liturgist, Michaela Hill who recorded the service, and Grace Amador who was the pianist.

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Tests and Temptations

On this first Sunday of Lent, the gospel passage from the lectionary was Luke 4:1-13, where Jesus goes into the wilderness for 40 days and there, encounters tests and tribulations. Pastor Lydia shared how tests and temptations are not only inevitable, they are important parts of our own growth processes. Therefore, the invitation is not to resist them, but to welcome those tests and temptations and pass them in order to elevate to a higher level of being. It was also a Communion Sunday.

How lovely it was to have the choir back live this morning, who performed “Majesty, Worship His Majesty” as the introit and “The Communion Song.”

Many thanks to Manny Don who was our liturgist, Michaela Hill who recorded the service, and Grace Amador who was the pianist.

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Transfiguration Sunday

Oh yikes, what a Transfiguration Sunday it was! Pastor Lydia’s computer transfigured into darkness and shut down. But, we still moved forward and the spirit faithfully met us in worship. Pastor Lydia preached about how the disciples (and we) tend to lean out or distract ourselves during moments of deep connection and how to prepare ourselves to truly show up the next time around. Don Driftmier was our liturgist. Thanks to Linda Wilford and Michaela Hill for recording the service.

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Responding With Kindness Instead of in Kind

On this Sunday, Pastor Lydia delved into the passage where Jesus urges us to “turn the other cheek.” What does this mean exactly? Is he promoting passivity or being taken advantage of? Or is there a totally different way of moving through the world that comes from a place of power, which isn’t lorded over others? Tune in and reflect on these questions together. It was a special Sunday as it was the choir’s first Sunday back with us with Grace Amador as our pianist. Jeff Chamlee was our liturgist. Thanks to Linda Wilford for recording the service.

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The Ups and Downs of Life

On this Sunday, Pastor Lydia preached on the provocative version of the beatitudes recorded in Luke 6:17-26. The congregation contributed to the formation of the sermon by sharing how to posture ourselves when our lives are full of so many ups and downs.

Louisa Amezcua was our liturgist and Grace Amador was our pianist. Our virtual choir sang “Come Christians, Join to Sing” and “Appalachian Grace.” Thanks to Linda Wilford for recording the service.

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What a Catch

On this Sunday, Pastor Lydia preached on Luke 5:1-11, where Jesus helps Simon and the rest of the fishermen catch even more fish than they ever asked for or imagined–even though Jesus himself is not a fisherman. Could Jesus help us in those areas of our lives that we are hesitant to hand over to him because we assume he doesn’t have the know-how or the skills? Well, tune in and let us know what you think!

Carol Coy was our liturgist and Grace Amador was our pianist. Our virtual choir sang “Come Christians, Join to Sing” and “Come to the Table.”

Thanks to Linda Wilford for recording the service.

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Moving Beyond Compliments and Criticisms

On this Sunday, Pastor Lydia preached on the gospel passage where things begin to get a bit tense with Jesus, his ministry, and his message. In Jesus, we have a model of someone who stays grounded and centered in his identity despite compliments or criticisms.

Pastor Lydia then invited us to examine ways that we are susceptible to compliments and criticisms and helped us reflect upon how we too, can remain more grounded in the truth of who we are.

Jackie Navarro was our liturgist and Grace Amador was our pianist. Our virtual choir sang, “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “Just As I Am.” Thanks to Linda Wilford for recording the service.

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