Devotional – Feb 23, 2021

Few experiences can top physical suffering for unleashing anxiety in our hearts and minds. Yet even here the gospel can provide a full and rich hope. Join me for a few minutes in 2 Corinthians 4:7 and following.

Devotional - Feb 23, 2021

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Music Today:
"I Shall Not Want," Audrey Assad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8Td9cZajyE

"Deep River," Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
African-American spirituals can provide powerful relief in the midst of all kinds of suffering. It may seem a little strange to provide an example of this song of hope in the face of death from a white mezzo-soprano, but Lieberson had an incredible voice before her life was cut short by cancer in her early 50s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_O12gCK5WU

"It is Well With My Soul,"
Chris RiceIf I had only one recording to help me through a tough bout of physical illness, it would be Rice's collection of hymns. Nothing complicated here, he puts the focus on the lyrics - real 'comfort food' for the ears and soul.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HLyhEdh92E

December 12th - CUP Church COVID-19 Update

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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 www.cupepc.org.

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 www.cupepc.org.
We will have some very special guests reading our Scripture Lessons ‘virtually’, so please join us
one way or the other!

DECEMBER 24: WE WILL BE OFFERING A PARKING LOT WORSHIP SERVICE at 4 PM.
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. (www.cupepc.org) 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

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