Transformation in the wilderness…

Before I left for my time away this summer, my dear friend and colleague, The Janet (Rev. Janet Ryu-Chan of Morningside High Park Presbyterian Church) asked if we could do a Zoom-conversational-sermon together for August 23rd. She knew that we would both be hip-deep in planning for the Fall, while also figuring out what measures and protocols to put in place if our Sessions decided we were ready to try to return to in-person worship, and doing a conversational sermon would lighten the load a bit for both of us.

We decided to discuss Romans 12:1-8, and the idea of finding transformation in the midst of the wilderness-time in which we find ourselves. So that is the focus of this worship blog post.

Let’s begin with Eric’s prelude, which is “Mazurka, Op. 7, No. 3” by Chopin:

A prayer to begin us today:

Our first hymn is #508 Your Word, O God, awoke the uncreated:

Our Scripture this Sunday is Romans 12:1-8:

Here is our conversational sermon:

And our final hymn is Hymn #491: God bless your church with strength:

Until tomorrow, dear friends, rest in the knowledge that God is busy loving you into being the person He made you to be. It may not always be easy to be transformed, but God is with each of us, every step of the way.

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