Devotional – Sept 22, 2020

One of the greatest comeback stories in musical history finished with this glorious vision that comes through - and in spite of! - a group of all-too-human but Christ-loved churches. If you're worried about the political future of our country, take 6 minutes with me and Revelation 4.

Devotional - Sept 22, 2020

Music today: 'Worthy is the Lamb that was Slain' from George Handel's 'Messiah'. Something I didn't mention is that despite his financial plight, Handel donated the proceeds of his very successful initial performance of 'Messiah' to free 140 people from debtor's prison. God has been using this music in similar ways ever since.

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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.

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.

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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

"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.

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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.

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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:
and a rocked-out version by Phil Keaggy here:

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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

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


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