“Whoever is not against us is for us.” So says Jesus in Mark 9:40
This Sunday at PCPC in the Sanctuary, that verse is at the heart of the Gospel reading from Mark 9:30-50, where Jesus speaks to the disciples in their dispute about “who is the greatest?” And where Jesus points them toward “whoever gives you a cup of water to drink….” So who gave you a cup of cold water to drink this week, as an act of friendship and faith?
At 11:00 AM in the sanctuary the St Andrews Society of Tampa Bay joins us for the annual Kirking of The Tartans, with the St. Andrews Society Pipe and Drums Band. It’s a celebration of a faith heritage that goes all the way back to the Church of Scotland, and it includes a blessing of families in the Kirk (which is Scots for “church.”) John DeBevoise is preaching in this service and at 8:30 AM.
In The Connection, David Bonnema continues the series on “Counting the Stars,” and after last week’s excellent sermon on Abraham and Isaac moves toward the account of revealing of the name of God in Exodus 3: 13-16. Roger Sullins and the Praise Band will not play bagpipes, but they will play “Great I Am,” and perhaps they will paint half their faces blue like Scots.
At 5:30 pm 9/26/15, Sabbath worship will open with the Bel-Mar Presbyterian Church, PCUSA Saturday evening service, a gentle service where communion will be served and there is quiet time for prayer and silence.
At the Sunday evening Vespers at PCPC at 6pm, Rabbi Richard Birnholz will be speaking on interpreting scripture in this day and age, particularly Leviticus.
So who gave you a cup of cold water to drink this week, as an act of friendship and faith? You are welcome to join us in worship at PCPC, and we join Pope Francis who said in his visit this week: “Father of all, bless these. Bless each of them. Bless the families. Bless them all. And I ask you all please to pray for me. And if there are among you any who do not believe or cannot pray, I ask you to please send good wishes my way.”