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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Devotional – June 5, 2020

What text would you choose to preach in an unreached tribal village where there are tensions between different ethnic groups? Perhaps the same one that you'd preach in this country, where there are tensions between different ethnic groups. Join me for a few minutes with Luke 4:14-21.

Devotional - June 5, 2020

Music Today: Dire Straits, 'Brothers in Arms'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rglymmFZ69Y

Racial reconciliation is hard work that takes a good deal of patience and perseverance. I love the line is this song, 'sometime the cold winds blows/sometimes the wolves rush in/ don't think the battle's over/just 'cause you said 'amen.'
Wilder Woods, 'Someday Soon'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ_7NMwnsio


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Devotional – June 1, 2020

What's the next step for a white American Presbyterian Evangelical? God put us here and now, and Acts 2 and Revelation 7:9 among others say running away isn't our calling. A couple of ideas from this pastor, which start with more than a little listening, and a dash of courage.

P.S. Jemar Tisby, author of 'The Color of Compromise' is coming out with 'How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey towerd Racial Justice' in January 2021. He gives us plenty to think about until then.

Devotional - June 1, 2020

Music today: 'Strange Fruit', Billy Holiday, 1939. Chilling and essential.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1hm5fxJEkY

'What's Going On', Marvin Gaye, 1971. Both Holiday and Gaye risked their careers to release these songs, some of the most important of the last century.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-kA3UtBj4M

'It's Not Working (The Truth)', Propoganda, 2017.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-kA3UtBj4M


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Devotional – May 30, 2020

'Let a person examine themselves, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.'(1 Cor. 11:27-29) In the old days, the pastor would provide the exam. Here's a contemporary approach to help us prepare.

Devotional - May 30, 2020

Music today: Liz Vice, 'Empty Me Out.' When we recognize we're buried, raised, and glorified with Christ, we're able to pass along a message that's contagious in the best possible way.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR1MoY3DCu8
Jess Ray, 'Too Good' - Part of the exam involves recognizing our need in receiving the unbelievable grace Jesus offers us. 'It may be too good to be understood, but it's not too good to be true.'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qihXzKaUN4g


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Devotional – May 26, 2020

The Lord's Supper: a 'visible sign of an invisible grace.' A great definition for our minds. What about for our hearts?
Let's take a look at Luke 22:14-20 and Jesus' desire to be with his disciples.

Devotional - May 26, 2020


Music today: John Michael Talbot, 'I Am the Bread of Life'
Protestants and Catholics can enjoy this beautiful meditation on what Jesus gives us through his spiritual presence at the table.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhk42nq1jwE


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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 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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