Eastminster Presbyterian Church

Embracing the Word ...Celebrating the Word ...Reflecting the Word. Sunday Morning Worship is at 11:00 AM. Breakfast available at 8:30 AM. Church School begins at 9:30 AM, with Felllowship beginning at 10:30 AM. Please come visit us next Sunday!

Mission: Embracing the Word ...Celebrating the Word ...Reflecting the Word.

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PALM SUNDAY APRIL 5 2020 WORSHIP

Here is the link to the Palm Sunday Service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_qMuLO6nCo

[04/02/20]   Then God said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

Oh how I am missing standing on the same holy ground with you all! But, I have been blessed to hear about all the ways you are being Christ and Christ's church to one another from whatever sheltered place you are in now. I am taking things moment by moment, day by day and living in the promised hope that God has a plan and purpose, and in those, God is always working good. But, I still miss you and I can't wait to celebrate the return home to our sanctuary to give thanksgiving to God gathered in one holy space! For now, we continue to worship and offer thanksgiving to God for gift of salvation in Christ, which leads me to this:

Palm Sunday is upon us and you will be receiving the liturgy, sermon and video links on Friday.

But, I am also thinking ahead and about the limitations of getting to the grocery stores. So, I am hoping this gives you a bit of a head start for Maundy Thursday and Easter Communion.

I invite you, right now to make preparations for communion for these services by making sure you have bread and juice available. During these services, set the communion elements and other sacred symbols in your midst.

While we may have to “gather around” our computers or phones while viewing, take the time to actually share the bread and juice gathered around your table, even if you must wait until the end of the video.

The most important thing...daily in your own prayer life or as we have together ventured into the new way of worshiping, remember, God is good, all the time!

With the love of Christ and love from my heart,

Pastor Sherry

The WORD and the word of the day: Acts 17: 24-25 and Presence

The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.

The WORD and the word for the day: Luke 23: 42 and Remember

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.”

The WORD and the word for the day: Genesis 2: 7 and Dirt

Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.

The WORD & the word for the day: 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26 & Table

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

The WORD and the word of the day: Matthew 18: 19-20 and Power

Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

The WORD and word for the day: Hebrews 11: 1-3 and Unseen

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

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WORSHIP 3 29 2020

Here is our worship service for tomorrow. The liturgy and bulletin have been emailed to you. Let me know if you didn't receive it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG5fy6oD4pM

A huge thanks to Sherry and all those who participated in this service. I'm use to editing films that were all shot in the same format and codec so this was ...

The WORD and word for the day: Mark 8: 34 and Follow

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

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The WORD and word for the day: Isaiah 43: 1-3 and Named

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

Dr. Kris Rizzotto

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The WORD and word for the day: Psalm 23 and Sheep

The WORD and word for the day: Matthew 11: 28-30 and Rest
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

The WORD and word for the day: Luke 10:27 and Heart

Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

The WORD and word for the day: Luke 10:27 and Heart

Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

The WORD and word for the day: Psalm 145:8a and Near

The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down.

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EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN DALLAS MUSIC

Greetings my friends and family in Christ,
So…strange times. Strange ways. But, our hope…our God is neither strange, nor a stranger! The Spirit of God is in every breath we take and every move we make. God is good, all the times…and you respond…
I have to admit that I found great comfort in this phrase yesterday: better late than never. It was a message echoed across our Presbytery by my pastor friends in congregations much like ours. Technology has tried to wreak havoc, but even as late as 11 p.m., I was receiving videos of some services that were either completed or finally uploaded because of poor internet service. So, today…better late than never. And, before I go any further, a shout out to Sean who gave assistance on Saturday, and to Fred and Chandra who walked this journey with me all day yesterday and into the evening. Sean, Fred and Chandra, you are indeed God’s good people!
Strange times. Strange ways. Yes, but also time for some creativity. I know you have received the sermon and music by email.
But, here is an invitation for us to be a worshiping community, alone together, at a time beyond Sunday morning. I am going to make whatever space I happen to be in at 7:00 p.m. tonight, a holy space, by asking God’s presence with me and with all of you. I am going to listen to the beautiful music and listen as the prayers, the other liturgies and proclaimed Word are offered. I am going to give thanksgiving to God through my continued gifts and giving and I am going to trust that even as I shut off my computer--as I do when I walk out of the sanctuary--that God goes before me and us. Then, I am going to keep telling others about the amazing God who is not strange, nor a stranger. I am going to “go to church” with any of you who would like to join me!
Next week, we will be trying our hand at having other members of the congregation, remotely, help lead worship. What a fun, creative and beautiful way to be together, remembering that nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Below, you will find the instructions you need to access the service. I love you and I cherish being “with you in Spirit” at 7 p.m. tonight.
God is good, all the time…and you respond….
Pastor Sherry
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-pXDNDmtxcuPFPf400Qrw

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The WORD and word for the day: Galatians 5: 1

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

The WORD and word for the day: 2 Corinthians 12:9 and Grace

But the Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Grace is a gift of God. Grace is power, not just pardon. Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.

The WORD and word for the day: Exodus 3:2 and Fire

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.

A SPARK OF DIVINITY IGNITED A FLAME OF FIRE WITHIN OUR SPIRITS OUR SOULS AND OUR HEARTS.

The WORD and word for the day: Luke 12: 32 and Fear

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

SO TIMELY AND TRUE!!! The Lord will not let the weight of the world overcome us.

The WORD and word for the day: John 4: 27 and Community

Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?”

Christian community is the place where we keep the flame of hope alive among us and take it seriously so that it can grow and become stronger in us. ...

WHEN WILL TOUCH HANDS AGAIN; LET'S NEVER STOP TOUCHING HEARTS! WE NEED EACH OTHER!

The WORD and word for the day: Mark 1: 35 and Solitude

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.

The WORD and word for the day: Colossians 3: 12 and Humility

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

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Last week was, well, different. I find myself playing catch-up with our Lenten words and images. Perhaps God is slowing me down for such a time as this. So, March 12: The WORD and word for the day: Engraved and Psalm 139

O Lord, you have searched me and known me... I come to the end—I am still with you.

Many years ago, Gary surprised me with a Valentine’s Day gift that is close to my heart everyday…. literally. It is a necklace that hangs from a longer than usual chain. It was crafted, partly by mistake, from a jeweler in Odessa. In her anxiousness, she was pouring silver one day and repeating her mantra: Be still and know that I am God. Out of the swirling, there appeared a cross…and a new design was birthed. She took that a step further and engraved these very words in the silver, being careful that when she looked down at the necklace, the first word she saw was GOD. It is no secret that Psalm 46 is my favorite. Paired with Psalm 139, it is my reminder and assurance that the God who knows me, wants to be known by me. And everyday, I give thanks to God for this reminder gift from Sonya Haney and my valentine, Gary.

Last week was, well, different. I find myself playing catch-up with our Lenten words and images. Perhaps God is slowing me down for such a time as this. So, March 12: The WORD and word for the day: Engraved and Psalm 139

O Lord, you have searched me and known me... I come to the end—I am still with you.

Many years ago, Gary surprised me with a Valentine’s Day gift that is close to my heart everyday…. literally. It is a necklace that hangs from a longer than usual chain. It was crafted, partly by mistake, from a jeweler in Odessa. In her anxiousness, she was pouring silver one day and repeating her mantra: Be still and know that I am God. Out of the swirling, there appeared a cross…and a new design was birthed. She took that a step further and engraved these very words in the silver, being careful that when she looked down at the necklace, the first word she saw was GOD. It is no secret that Psalm 46 is my favorite. Paired with Psalm 139, it is my reminder and assurance that the God who knows me, wants to be known by me. And everyday, I give thanks to God for this reminder gift from Sonya Haney and my valentine, Gary.

Last week was, well, different. I find myself playing catch-up with our Lenten words and images. Perhaps God is slowing me down for such a time as this. So, March 12: The WORD and word for the day: Engraved and Psalm 139

O Lord, you have searched me and known me... I come to the end—I am still with you.

Many years ago, Gary surprised me with a Valentine’s Day gift that is close to my heart everyday…. literally. It is a necklace that hangs from a longer than usual chain. It was crafted, partly by mistake, from a jeweler in Odessa. In her anxiousness, she was pouring silver one day and repeating her mantra: Be still and know that I am God. Out of the swirling, there appeared a cross…and a new design was birthed. She took that a step further and engraved these very words in the silver, being careful that when she looked down at the necklace, the first word she saw was GOD. It is no secret that Psalm 46 is my favorite. Paired with Psalm 139, it is my reminder and assurance that the God who knows me, wants to be known by me. And everyday, I give thanks to God for this reminder gift from Sonia Haney and my valentine, Gary.

[03/15/20]   This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Dear family, I will be sending the liturgy and sermon for today a bit later, but, my pastor and friend, Drew Travis, shared this with many of us yesterday. I believe it is a wonderful prayer-poem to start the day. Let us prepare to worship!

Pandemic
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20
The peace of Christ IS with us all!
Pastor Sherry

[03/13/20]   Dear Friends,
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
The apostle’s words provide a message of comfort and wisdom for a time such as ours. In the face of the uncertainties associated with COVID-19, it is easy to be anxious and fearful, but, we have been promised that, in all things, God is with us, the peace of Christ surrounds us, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit is among us. It is in this confidence that we move forward, in faith and wisdom.
I believe at this point to repeat all of the information from the Centers for Disease Control is not necessary, as I suspect you all have been inundated and have formed your own opinions.
So, I come to you on behalf of the session, and myself, to inform you about the very prayer-filled, thoughtful and difficult decision that has been reached regarding all onsite activities and events, including worship at Eastminster. Before I continue, I must also add, that while a difficult decision, it was made with the utmost love, care and concern for the safety and well-being of all of you. We believe that the Spirit has led us to this place, and in that, we find the peace of the Lord with the decision.
The Session of Eastminster Presbyterian Church has suspended all Eastminster onsite activities and events, including worship, beginning immediately. This suspension will be lifted, barring any other CDC recommendations and session conversations, on Sunday, April 5. Pastoral care from the pastor will continue, using common sense and good judgment. Administrative responsibilities will continue through remote access means, and onsite, when necessary and deemed safe. The pastor will do everything within reason to continue-in various forms- contact, worship and fellowship with the church community.
We fully acknowledged, and wrestled with, the decision, particularly as it relates to worship because our faith calls us to gather in times of uncertainties and worries. However, wisdom tells us COVID-19 works its best in groups. As a preventive measure, not a faithless act, we are doing our best to care for one another in our small part of the equation by not giving permission for this virus to enter our doors. We are family, God’s family, and that carries with it the responsibility of providing the best possible care at any given moment. At this moment, coming together, may not be, but could be detrimental to the health of many in our congregation.
In summary, the activities, events and services affected are the following:
*Onsite Neighborhood Breakfast gatherings are suspended for the Saturdays of March 14, 21, 28 and April 4
*Onsite worship services, and all other related Sunday morning activities, suspended for the Sundays of March 15, 22 and 29.
*The session will hold its March meeting via email
*Lenten studies and choir practice will be suspended for the Wednesday evenings of March18, 25 and April 1
While the staff will be working offsite, the office phones will be forwarded and email distributions and receptions will continue. Please feel free to contact us. And, remember, pastoral care is an ongoing calling; not just for me as pastor, but me as a person…and all of us. Let’s take this opportunity to remain in touch and continue to watch out for each other’s health and well-being.
The peace of the Lord IS with us!
Sherry

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Eastminster Presbyterian Church’s Mission is to… Embrace the Word * by accepting God’s unconditional love * by living in a faithful relationship with God’s living Word, Jesus Christ * by studying God’s written Word, the Bible Celebrate the Word * by worshiping God as an accepting church family * by welcoming all to fellowship * by giving joyfully of our time, talents and blessings Reflect the Word * by striving to live a life guided by the Holy Spirit * by being God’s hands and feet in mission fields, near and far * by sharing the message of God’s grace

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