Devotional – Oct 8, 2020

Ever presumed you were on an invitation list, only to have a very unpleasant surprise when the party begins? Join me for a look at Revelation 7, where the heavenly banquet includes people from all sorts of people and tribes - but is missing one from Israel!

Devotional - Oct 8, 2020

Music Today - Andrew Peterson, 'Is He Worthy?'Kristina and I first heard this song performed by Peterson in concert at Grove City before the paint was even dry - he had just written it and forgot some of the words as he went along. Now hundreds of thousands of people sing it by heart - and draw great hope from it! I think it's one of the finest worship songs of the past 20 years, and it's rooted in Revelation 5 and 7.

Emmylou Harris - 'Jerusalem Tomorrow'Finding good songs about religious manipulation and abuse are difficult, especially told from a first-person perspective. This one is chilling and incredibly effective, as the 'Bluebird' of country music turns into storyteller as a charlatan healer who encounters a surprising 'rival.'

December 12th - CUP Church COVID-19 Update

Click Here to download file


Dear Cup family and friends,

As we near the climax of the Advent season in 2020 with the celebration of Christmas and the
coming of Jesus, we are also living with the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic have
brought to us in Western Pennsylvania. Your Session and I, your Pastor have prayed, conferred,
debated, and finally arrived at a decision for our worship life together during the next few
weeks that we believe will provide the appropriate balance of physical, spiritual, and emotional
support, understanding that the Lord continues to be in control of our world and our lives as He
always has been.

Here’s our plan for each of our services from December 13 through January 3:

DECEMBER 13: 10:30 worship in the sanctuary, with masks worn through the service.
The service will be streamed online via YouTube at

DECEMBER 20: 10:30 worship in the sanctuary with masks worn through the service.
We will be offering our traditional Christmas Eve LESSONS AND CAROLS service at this time, in a
shortened format, and Communion will NOT be included as a part of the service this year.
The service will also be streamed online via YouTube at
We will have some very special guests reading our Scripture Lessons ‘virtually’, so please join us
one way or the other!

The format of the service is to be determined, but we will broadcast through a radio transmitter
so everyone can keep their windows up! We plan on providing a variation on our candlelight
conclusion that will be meaningful as we celebrate Jesus’ birth and look with joy to his return.
Come ready to sing! Visitors, as always, are welcome!

DECEMBER 27 AND JANUARY 3: We will be streaming the worship service at 10:30, but worship
will be ONLINE ONLY. ( Only those directly involved in leading worship will be
allowed in the building.

We pray that the current wave of virus cases will wane, and we look forward to being together
in an easier way as soon as it is prudent to do so. Our final decision in how to conduct these
services wasn’t unanimous, but all of us as Ruling and Teaching Elders are able to support it,
and believe the Lord has good plans and purposes for us as we reach out in His name in these
days. God bless you all, and we look forward to worshipping our Lord with you now and
throughout the New Year.

God’s peace,
Pastor Scott


Social Media

Follow by Email