Devotional – April 23, 2020

Scripture vs. Sloth: How do we build a defense against 'the Noonday demon' that can suck day after day away from us? Some simple ideas to engage Scripture and the Holy Spirit in a daily 'quiet time' with some possible resources to start, including Psalm 119:105-112. Feel free to add your own comments of 'starter' resources for time with God in Scripture you've found helpful.

Music today: Audio Adrenaline, 'Speak to Me'
A beautiful appeal for God's word to heal a hurting man.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWXRUYQ1_Jk

Mindy Smith, 'Come to Jesus'. An adult lullaby.
This video was made in 2009, but certainly feels a bit
like a young woman facing a pandemic lockdown!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxIsKcdy3Jk


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Devotional – April 15, 2020

What's the hardest thing you can imagine God overcoming that you face? Job? Health? Boredom? Think bigger - and he's got it - even if it's not #1 on his list. Take a few minutes with me and Matthew 28:1-10.

Art today: The resurrection panel from the Isenheim Altarpiece. Wow! https://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2017/04/resurrection-isenheim-altar/?fbclid=IwAR3jSG3R2Y_FFv9Sk-M84qoZHZiW0Kn8k9q4rEJ9mEWf2QiyRzPHs5MjtqY

Music: Van Morrison, 'Rough God Goes Riding' https://youtu.be/shfIU9C3KZ4


Devotional - April 15, 2020

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Devotional – April 13, 2020

You've got Michael J Fox's Delorean. Where in time do you travel? I'm off to this back road toward Emmaus in Luke 24:13-32, where the resurrected messiah is pulling a practical joke - for a great reason - on a sad couple.

After you watch the video, come back for the next comment I forgot to mention: there are a couple of reasons I suspect Luke leaves the identity of Cleopas' companion a secret, but one of them is this. He want us, as readers, to put OURSELVES on the road listening to Jesus open up the Bible to us about his identity and work.

Music today: George Frederick Handel, 'Hallelujah Chorus'. Handel was almost bankrupt when he received the commission to write this piece as a fundraiser for a debtor's prison in Dublin. The music poured out of him for Messiah; he wrote the whole thing in only a little over 3 weeks, And yes, he says he had a powerful encounter with God in writing the 'Hallelujah Chorus.'
https://youtu.be/J4JIHvmoN0E

Page France, 'Jesus.' This uses some slightly shocking imagery, but there's a sense of joy, amazement and yes, humor that I think is appropriate, and I think Christ himself would welcome over the delight that death itself has been conquered. Glory!
https://youtu.be/CLtFGvMddXA

Page France, 'Jesus.' This uses some slightly shocking imagery, but there's a sense of joy, amazement and yes, humor that I think is appropriate, and I think Christ himself would welcome over the delight that death itself has been conquered. Glory!
https://youtu.be/CLtFGvMddXA


Devotional - April 13, 2020

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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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