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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What Are You Anointed To Do?

On this Sunday, Pastor Lydia preaches on the gospel passage where Jesus reads the messianic prophecy from the book of Isaiah, which reads that he is anointed to lead and comfort his people. Pastor Lydia invites the congregation to reflect upon areas of their lives where they are anointed by the Holy Spirit to lead and shares some of her own experiences.

Donald Driftmier was our liturgist and Grace Amador was our pianist. Our virtual choir sang, “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “Come Follow Me.”

Thanks to Linda Wilford for recording the service.

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The Wedding in Cana, January 16, 2022

On this Sunday, Pastor Lydia preached on Jesus’ first miracle in the gospel of John–transforming water into wine.

Pam Zwingman was our liturgist and Grace Amador was our pianist. Our virtual choir sang, “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “As the Deer.” Thanks to Linda Wilford for recording the service.

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The Baptism of Jesus Christ, January 9, 2022

We celebrated the Baptism of Jesus Christ on this Sunday. Lay leader Carol Coy, led the service and delivered the sermon that Pastor Lydia wrote as she fell ill the evening before the service. The sermon explores the significance of Jesus’ baptism for our daily lives.

Donald Driftmier was our liturgist and Grace Amador was our pianist. Our virtual choir sang, “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “Calypso Lullaby.” Thanks to Linda Wilford for recording the service.

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Epiphany Sunday, January 2, 2022

This was Pastor Lydia’s very first Sunday at Walnut United Methodist Church. In her sermon, she gave us a background of how she, like the wisemen of Epiphany Sunday, “followed the star” in her life and invited the congregation to reflect upon the stars that have led them in their lives as well. It was also Communion Sunday.

Jeff Chamlee was our liturgist and Grace Amador was our pianist. Our virtual choir sang, “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “Come To the Table.” Thanks to Linda Wilford for recording the service.

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