SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Madeline Hart-Andersen will return to our pulpit and we will celebrate the sacrament of communion.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Every Sunday at Central we have a pattern of gathering together and then being sent out to serve God. This weekly pattern feels even more important and obvious on this day as Sunday School classes begins, and choir rehearsals have resumed, and families have started new patterns with the new school year. We hope you will join us for a day we hope feels a bit like a festival. Rev. Colby will preach on a passage and an image of God from the prophet Jeremiah (18:1-11). Of God as a potter, shaping and reshaping creation to try to create good and beauty out of a lump of clay. Rev. David Colby preaches.
The Central Choir returns from the summer break, and leads the congregation in singing our newly commissioned hymn “Forever Embracing” by our composer-in-residence Abbie Betinis. We will continue to sing this hymn each week in September. The new hand bell choir will be debuting in worship as well, ringing Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt with violinist Cara Wilson joining us.
After worship, join us in the dining room for the volunteer service fair, games and treats!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
On the third Sundays of each month, such as Sept 15, all are invited to stay after worship for a Third Sunday Lunch. In doing this, we are very much following in the ways of Jesus, who used meals as an opportunity not just for people to be fed, but to be nourished and included. But the meals shared by Jesus were not without controversy. Rev. Colby will preach on a story from Luke 15 (15:1-10) that begins with complaints being lodged about the company with whom Jesus shares meals. Central Choir sings.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Rev. Ashley Bair will preach on Luke 16:1-13. What does Jesus say about our relationship with money? In a society where money is considered both a blessing and a curse, yet necessary for survival, how are we being faithful stewards with our dollars?
The Central Choir sings, and we are joined by Mark Doerr who plays the vielle à roue (we know this as a Hurdy Gurdy in English). Following worship, our first rehearsal of the year for the Chamber Ensemble.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Jesus lived during a period of intense social stratification. And in a memorable teaching, Jesus told the story of a rich man and a poor man. In a surprising gospel twist, we never learn the name of the rich man, but instead come to see the world through poor Lazarus’ eyes (Luke 16:19-31). Rev. Colby will preach on The Great Chasm.
Ars Nova Brass Quintet plays in worship along with Central Choir.