Devotional – Sept 18, 2020

We use the phrase 'open door' all the time in our prayers as Christians. Where does that come from? Spend 5 minutes with me - you may find something in common with the little church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3!

Devotional - Sept 18, 2020

Music Today: Pete Townsend, 'Let My Love Open the Door'. While old Pete probably didn't have this mind, these lyrics would be a good fit for Jesus' encouragement to the fearful church of Philadelphia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxryzVVxFHI

Also: 'Light the Fire Again', Brian Doerkson.A praise song from the '80s, it's one of my favorites because it's one of the rarer contemporary songs that calls for personal repentance: 'Naked and poor, wretched and blind I come/ Clothe me in white, so I won't be ashamed.' This is based on Jesus' bracing call to the church in Laodecia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0rthdHtf64


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Devotional – Sept 15, 2020

You and your (our!) church can believe exactly the right doctrine, but still be removed from Jesus' presence. Power and precision of doctrine, while important, mean nothing compared to this. Let's take five minutes together with Revelation 2:1-7.

Devotional - Sept 15, 2020

Music today: "First", by Lauren Daigle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbWQV3OiRqA

"Lesson of Love" by Ashley ClevelandLess well known than Ms. Daigle, but a remarkable testimony of discovering the matchless beauty of love from God instead of the world.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spgU-Hif5QQ


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Devotional – Sept 8, 2020

Revelation is structured like an awesome roller coaster - but my old nesting dolls have an insightful word to add. Everything that comes after in the book comes out of who Jesus is NOW. Does your vision and relationship with Christ need an update?

Devotional - Sept 8, 2020

Music Today - Josh Garrels, 'Revelator', from 'Love and War and the Sea In Between,' one of the finest albums of Christian music from the last 20 years.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73r1fP0Tvic


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Devotional – Sept 3, 2020

2020 has been a roller coaster without any safety rails. That makes it a great time to take a look at the book of Revelation, which intentionally puts us on a loop-de-loop to prepare Christians under pressure - and unbelievers on the fence - for the end of time. Join me for the start of the journey!

Devotional - Sept 3, 2020

Music Today - "John the Revelator" My two favorite versions are the original by Son House here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHq0rKYKcn0
and a rocked-out version by Phil Keaggy here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk40Ni1GUPc


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Devotional – June 7, 2020

This will be my last video for this series, as we move back into a more 'open' season. What can we take away from these unprecedented months? Perhaps Schubert and Psalm 42:1-2 can point the way. I'd welcome your feedback about these devotionals in case the need arises to do something like this in the future. God bless you!

Devotional - June 7, 2020

Music today: 'The Day that I Found God', Switchfoot
Jon Foreman has been writing thoughtful music about Christianity for years - this is particularly good.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wpm1nLSqyw

'Big Trucks', Pedro the Lion
The best song I know about responding to rudeness with grace.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzWLZtMoJrs

'Home Free (for Peter Joe)', Nate Smith
Just because we could all use some joyful jazz in our lives.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHKULEEChJA


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Cup EPC July 21 COVID-19 Worship Update

Cup EPC July 21 COVID-19 Worship Update (Click to download file as a pdf)

 

Cup EPC July 21 COVID-19 Worship Update

 

Dear Cup church family and friends,

Last night our church session met in a virtual meeting to discuss our plans for worship in light of the latest guidance given July 15 from Governor Wolf. The governor specifically exempted churches from his restrictions of no more than 25 people in an indoor facility and has not placed Beaver County (or any other county in Western Pennsylvania) back in a ‘red’ phase.

We also carefully considered all the feedback we received from those of you who have replied over the past month to our questionnaire.

As a result, the Cup church session adopted unanimously the following policy:

We will continue to meet for sanctuary worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings.

We are requiring masks through the entire worship service unless a medical condition prevents this. If someone desires not to wear a mask for personal reasons, we can provide a location for seating where the service can be heard, but outside of the sanctuary.

We continue to offer the worship service online via our YouTube channel and on the website (cupepc.org). We encourage you to subscribe to our site by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqJnJkbIN_wqRA5dXsSOXIA

On that page, click on ‘subscribe’ and on the bell icon in order to receive a notification when we post the worship service for you to view. We are currently working on ‘live streaming’ the service and have had some technical difficulties in recent weeks, but are working on solving those. Additional subscribers to our YouTube channel will help our processing time in getting the video up, so please subscribe – and tell your friends about us!

We continue to monitor the situation involving COVID-19 and aim at providing the proper balance of spiritual and physical care to our congregation and community. Our policy will be adapted as circumstances warrant.

We are thankful for God’s provision and your support in these challenging times and look forward to the time when all of us will feel comfortable and secure in attending worship together. Until that time, let us ‘fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. . .so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.’ (Hebrews 12:2-3)

 

Cordially,

Pastor Scott

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