Springdale News for Sunday, October 2nd
This Sunday is World Communion Sunday, a time when a number of Christian denominations and traditions recognize the idea that, as we say in our Prayer of Great Thanksgiving, in celebrating this sacrament we're united both with Christ, as well as with "all the faithful of every time and place." It's a time to recognize our interconnectedness. One of the ways that we're interconnected is that we're all experiencing the Kingdom of God both as dwelling within, and being part of, God's creation. This Sunday, we'll consider creation care as an important part of our global Christian unity.
Our sermon will be based on Luke 17:5-10:
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”
If, at this point, you're wondering just how this particular bit of scripture addresses either the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, or the concept of creation care, then you feel my pain. It's true, even the meal reference in the passage notwithstanding, the connection between this passage and either of those concepts seems a bit tenuous at best. Plus, Jesus' slave reference is a bit dissonant and discomforting to us. This scripture was most certainly used in the past to justify both slavery and our Jim Crow past. But that's not where I'll be going this Sunday. I think there's a broader way to hear Jesus' words here, a way that I believe gets more to Jesus' actual point. And once we get under that surface-level discomfort, then I think there's a connection to our ideas regarding the importance of creation care as part of our Christian faith. I'll admit up front, the connection may be a bit of a stretch, but I think it's a valid one. Will I succeed in making it? You'll just have to come and see, and let me know after the service. I hope to see you then.
Music This Week:
(please follow the links provided to hear these if you aren't familiar with them)
Opening Hymn #637 O Sing to the Lord (Cantai ao Senhor) - This is a familiar song for us all. It's originally a Brazilian song, which was translated first into Spanish and then into English. It's a beautiful piece of global Christian music, very appropriate for World Communion Sunday. Follow the link for a church singing it in a style maybe more in keeping with its Brazilian origins.
Response Hymn #743 O God, you Are My God (Step by Step) - When Glory to God was being compiled, its editors searched for, and wanted to include some of the best selections of "praise music" within the hymnal. This was one of their selections, and with good reason. Its melody is accessible and melodic, and the lyrics are heartfelt and reflect a number of scriptural passages.
Anthem - We Believe (Adult Choir)
Sermon Hymn #713 Touch the Earth Lightly - In keeping again with our emphasis on the global nature of Christianity, this hymn originated in New Zealand; "Touch the earth lightly; use the earth gently" is actually an Austrian aboriginal saying.
Offering Music - Come As You Are (Praise Team)
Communion Hymn #505 The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing - We did this Communion Hymn in the 9:00 service recently, but I don't think it's familiar to the "11:00 people."It's a joyful song written by Graham Kendrick and its fun, rhythmic melody and celebratory lyrics have combined to make it extremely popular worldwide. Here's a link to the song being performed at the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey in England by Kendrick and his band. I predict that you'll enjoy it, and that it will soon become a favorite of yours, too.
Closing Hymn #390 Praise, Praise, Praise the Lord! - And another example of great global Christian music - this time, originating in Cameroon, and originally in French. Here's a link to a church singing this tune, first several times in French, and finally shifting into English. We'll sing it in English on Sunday, but I suppose if you know French and would like to sing the French lyrics in the hymnal, you're encouraged to do so. :)
Sending Hymn #80 You Shall Go Out with Joy (The Trees of the Field) - Concluding our global emphasis, I think you'll find that the tune of this hymn has hints of Jewish/Yiddish traditional music. It's fun, it's lively, it's energizing us as we leave the service - and note that, as the Praise Team will lead, it includes places to clap your hands. Come on, you can do it!
Assisting in Worship This Week:
Nina van Gundy
Barbara McClain, Leslie Carmichael,
Barry & Joy Cashman
Lynne Browne, Susan Cohen
Spiritual Nurture This Sunday
Peace & Global Witness Offering
The Peace & Global Witness Offering, one of our four denominational special offerings, will be received today. Our congregation will retain 25% of this offering to support local peacemaking ministries Another 25% of the offering will go to our Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, and the remaining 50% will go to the Presbyterian Mission Agency for peacemaking throughout the world. Offering envelopes are available in the pews. Checks should be written to SPC with Peace & Global Witness offering written in the note section.
Eddie Woods, street coordinator for Pivot to Peace program, is a gang and drug interventionist who's spent more than 25 years on the streets of Louisville. This Sunday morning at 10, he's the featured speaker in our Issues Class, and will provide us information regarding the gang ties to Louisville's rising murder rate, black on black crime, how race and police relations affect crime and some of his success stories getting kids away from gangs and into college. Please plan to attend what promises to be a very interesting presentation.
Murder under the Big Top - Coming Soon!
Our second annual Murder Mystery Party is Friday, November 11, from 7-11pm. As with last year, proceeds will benefit the PYC. The cost is a bargain - a mere $15 per person for a full evening of fun, entertainment, mystery, and.... murder. :) Childcare will be provided that night as well.
The theme is the circus - Murder Under the Big Top! Please RSVP yes if you're free to come that night (and invite your friends!) We need to get an idea of how many are coming by late September to send out parts for the night of!
If you can't come or don't want to play along, we will need help with setup, cleanup, decorations and food, so please contact Laura Hagan at email@example.com
Follies Will Be Here Soon, Too!
This year, Follies is scheduled for Sunday, October 9 at 7pm - and we need your help! This year's theme is "Through the Decades at Springdale". Everyone, young, old, and in-between, is invited to be part of this fun annual variety show. Suggestions for acts would be skits, songs, or funny stories from Springdale or the broader Louisville community - use your imagination!
Important dates to note:
Saturday-10/8 from 10 a.m. to Noon: Follies rehearsal
Sunday-10/9 at 7 p.m.: Follies - Yay!!!
Come on, Springdale, let's see your talent, whatever that might be! Please contact Denise Whittington at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
"Beloved Community" - Upcoming Presbytery Workshop
The Mid-Kentucky Presbytery is sponsoring the workshop "Beloved Community: Working Toward Racial Reconciliation," On October 22. If you haven't seen the flyer in the Gathering Space, here's your very own copy of it:
This should be a very good presentation and conversation, and as I mentioned in last Sunday's sermon, keys in to some things that we'll be discussing at Springdale in the not-too-distant future. Please plan to attend this workshop if you can. Registration is $5.00, which would be cheap just for the information and discussion, but that includes lunch, too! If you'd like to attend, you can register online by following this link.
Edgar & Betty Vaughan have transitioned to their new home at the Forum. They would appreciate visits from their extended Springdale family, as well as any offers of transportation to attend church. if you'd like their new address or might be able to offer our friends a ride, contact the church office for more details.
"Springdale 101" - New Member Class Coming
Several people have voiced a possible interest in becoming new members of our congregation, so we'll be conducting membership classes in the near future. The dates are still to be determined, but they will consist of three class sessions, each of which will be casual and enjoyable - well, at least I think they will be, anyway. If you'd like to be part of these upcoming classes, contact me or the church office.
Pastor Meet & Greets
There are still some dates open for the ongoing pastor meet & greets, which will run through mid-November. If you haven't been part of one yet, you're encouraged to do so. See the sign-up sheets in the Gathering Space during the fellowship time.
An Invitation from Our Rabbouni Friends
The Rabbouni Catholic Community is currently hosting a talk series, "Freedom from Guilt, Freedom to Love." The first two talks have been held, but one more is scheduled:October 5th, 7:00pm - Clearing Obstacles - Harry Pickens, speaker - Opening our lives to freedom through clarity. Just as with so many other things, these topics are issues and concerns that are common to members of both the Rabbouni Community and our own congregation. Please plan to attend if you're able.
Online, Direct Deposit, and Online/Mobile Giving
Options for financially supporting the church other than dropping something into the traditional offering plate are quickly becoming the norm for many people. In order to make your stewardship efforts as easy as possible, Springdale offers online giving on our website and automatic transfer of funds. For an authorization form or information, contact the church office - 425-1760. An even easier option is to simply set up a regularly scheduled automatic payment to the church, as you might do for your cable/internet service or other recurring charges, through your bank's online/mobile banking feature.
Food Pantry Donations
Springdale is glad to be a supporter of the Portland Avenue Presbyterian Church's Food Pantry. Look for the shopping cart in our Gathering Space, which is where we collect items to contribute. Currently, there is a need for: canned fruit/vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, cereal, rice, or macaroni and cheese; and personal items such as shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap, deodorant, laundry soap, DIAPERS, etc. Also needed: clothing for children and men, and especially linens and bath towels. We hope you'll be a part of this important part of our mission efforts.
Food Truck Fridays!
What a neat idea! Our friends at Harvey Brown Presbyterian, 311 Brown's Lane, are currently holding monthly events called Food Truck Fridays. The final one of the year will be October 21. Food from six or more food trucks, beer, soft drinks, and live music are available from 6-9pm. If you've got some spare time on those dates, you might want to swing by and check it out.
Springdale Calendar This Week
Sunday, October 2
* 10:00 a.m. Spiritual Nurture
* 11:00 a.m. Worship
* 12:15 p.m. PYC
Monday, October 3
* 7:00 p.m. Belles & Beaux hand bells
Tuesday, October 4
* 5:30 p.m. Growth Team
* 7:00 p.m. Praise Team
Wednesday, October 5
* 12:00 p.m. PW Day Circle
* 6:30 p.m. Spiritual Nurture Ministry Team
* 7:00 p.m. Adult choir
Thursday, October 6
* 7:00 p.m. Congregational Care Ministry Team
* 7:00 p.m. Worship Ministry Team
Saturday, October 8
* 10:00 a.m. Follies rehearsal
Sunday, October 9
* 9:00 a.m. Worship
* 10:00 a.m. Spiritual Nurture
* 11:00 a.m. Worship
* 12:15 p.m. PYC
* 6:00 p.m. Chili potluck supper
* 7:00 p.m. Follies program
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