Pastor's Bible Study
Every Wednesday morning during the school year, Dr. Furr teaches adults on a wide variety of topics with discussion – often a book of the Bible or some aspect of the Christian life or doctrine. All you need is a Bible and an inquisitive mind! Occasionally, a particular book is ordered for everyone who wants to purchase a copy. This group meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Adult Seminar Room across from the Library. Find current topics under Latest News. Please join in.
This sunday at 10:00 a.m.
december 5, 2017
John Rutter is one of the great composers and choral directors of our time. He began publishing at age 18, and wrote the Gloria as a commissioned piece in 1974. When many of our choir members sang at Carnegie Hall a few years back, I had the privilege to hear them in a joint choir and Rutter conducted the Mozart Requiem. It was magnificent.
The Gloria is a setting of parts of the Latin Gloria, part of the Western mass. It is a beautiful composition and our choir has been working hard to prepare it for us. Critic Geoffrey Norris of the Telegraph said of Rutter’s writing, “John Rutter has a knack of writing choral music that shows off voices to their best advantage. His festive settings of the Gloria, Magnificat and Te Deum were written over the period 1974-1990. These vivid performances show how thoroughly Rutter can absorb them and make music of exhilarating impact.”
Come for a time of beautiful music as we prepare together to celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord!
Sunday’s Sermon and the Journey to the Manger
In recent weeks, our church has sustained many untimely and difficult losses. I spoke to this in my sermon on Sunday, and many of you requested a copy of the sermon. I have posted the written text, along with the audio, on the pastor’s sermon page on our website. Click here for this and other sermons. In speaking of this time, I said this at the end of the sermon:
When you lose, you have to mourn. When you fail, confess. When you are afraid, trust. When you don’t know what to do, ask.
God is ready. God will not live your life for you, but God will give you all you need when you are ready to ask for it. And that is the place where God always shows up.”
In these days leading to Advent, as our state faces a gut-wrenching election on Tuesday, as we witness the ongoing parade of scandal and pain roiling out of the pasts of men and women and the complications of our life together, as we seemingly face chaos at every turn, is not to move faster, but slower. Not to do more, but to look within. Not to speak and post constantly but to listen more. Grief is an opportunity for new understanding. What has become of us, and what do we hope to become? With what has survived, what shall we do, then?
It is the question that John the Baptist’s hearers asked him in that Advent text in Luke 3:9-10. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered with a call to repentance and restitution as a means to restore integrity in their dealings with one another. This, it seems to me, is a good moment for such a reflection. God’s requirement is on display in this season, the birth of Jesus as a humble child to show us the way back to God and our true selves.
No mistaking it. We have lost something along the way. It is before our eyes now, and it calls us to Him again and to peace. Join us in the journey. Bring a friend. Gather together with fellow searchers and broken hearts. Let’s go to Bethlehem together and find Him. He will know what we must do.