Devotional – April 4, 2020

How does a 'middle-age' white presbyterian make friends with a group of black teenage girls? A shared appreciation for Fred Hammond, of course! 3 minutes with Romans 8:26-27, and how sometimes the best prayers (and songs!) are when you get past the words. Today's song: 'You are the Living Word', Fred Hammond Let's go to church!

Devotional - April 4, 2020

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Devotional – April 3, 2020

Three piece suit on the outside. Track suit on the inside. Ever have one of those days? Take a few minutes with Psalm 100 and 102 to consider our moods and worship. Our song today: 'Enter His Courts' by Ashley Cleveland. From her album, 'Lesson of Love', one of my all time favorites. If you like rock, blues, and gospel, you will love this!

*p.s. for Cup church: neither funeral was for a member; nor were either COVID-19 related. Life (and death) is still happening outside of that, believe it or not.

Devotional - April 3, 2020

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Devotional – April 1, 2020

'Some have greatness thrust upon them.' Let's take a moment to be grateful for those on the front lines who are stepping into important and courageous work even when they weren't expecting such a role. A few minutes with Queen Esther and her transformation in 4:14-17. Perhaps you or I will also have a part to play 'for such a time as this.'

Today's music: Elgar's Cello Concerto, first movement. An amazing and unexpected swan song from this composer following his wife's death and the devastation of WWI, created a masterpiece largely unappreciated until a 13 year virtuoso named Jaqueline du Pre 'discovered' it and transformed our understanding of it. (She's 21 in this recording; she was only able to perform until 28 due to MS, from which she passed in her early 40s. She was married to the conductor of this performance, Daniel Barenboim.)

Devotional - April 1, 2020

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Devotional – March 31, 2020

Needing some comfort today? Can you think of someone else in need of comfort as well? Let's take 6 minutes together with 2 Corinthians 1:3-5. Music today comes from John Prine, a wonderful songwriter on my mind who's in critical condition with COVID-19. He's like Van Gogh in that he wordpaints 'ordinary' people with great compassion and understanding. And, like Dylan and Van Morrison, he's done some of his best songwriting in recent years, not just in the '70s.

For motivation to reach out to an older neighbor: 'Hello in There'

If you're feeling a bit down yourself: 'Gold Inside of You.'

And if you need to know if God would forgive you if you tried coming back to Him: 'Boundless Love'

Devotional - March 31, 2020

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Devotional – March 30, 2020

Would you prefer presents from God or God's presence? Moses answers this differently than most, and that's a Very good thing! 8 minutes with Exodus 33; I apologize for the length, but there's a plot twist at the end you won't want to miss! Music: Third Day, 'Show Me Your Glory'

Devotional - March 30, 2020

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April 24, 2020 - COVID-19 update

April 24 COVID-19 update  (Click to download .pdf file)

April 24 COVID-19 update

 Dear Cup church family and friends,

Following our latest Session meeting this week, we wanted to share the latest decisions that we’ve made regarding our worship life together.

First, we will continue our online worship offering until further notice. Governor Wolf’s stay-at-home order has been extended until May 8, but the step of encouraging worship gatherings (or gatherings of any sort in a group larger than 10) is unlikely to occur until some time after that. Personally, I would love to see us celebrate Pentecost together on May 31, but we will have to see how our current social-distancing efforts have worked in keeping infection numbers down. Please join us for our services at, and look for the short devotionals posted several times each week by Pastor Scott on Facebook and the church web page.

We have made the decision to continue to wait on serving communion until we can do so together. While the denomination has given permission to serve communion through ‘virtual’ services online, we have decided that while our desire to share the sacrament together is high, we’ve not waited such a long period of time that we have lost the effect of sharing in the Lord’s presence with us in this way. I’m attaching a link here ( to a good resource on our understanding of the Lord’s supper from a Reformed perspective. Bellefield EPC is close to the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Please let us know of your prayer requests and other needs. This is a challenging and uncertain time for all of us, but particularly so for those facing significant health challenges, the loss of work – or the level of work brought up to exhausting levels due to emergency needs. Please know that Cup church loves you and wants to pray for you, as well as provide for practical needs as we are able. Please leave a message at the church office (724-843-1594) or send an email to or

“The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:7) May the Lord bless and keep each of you until we are together again!



Pastor Scott