In this 35-minute video, I lead you and the community in worship, sharing an opening prayer by Janita Ryan, to encourage you to be still, and be aware of God’s presence. Sing along at home as Elizabeth Cataldo plays “For All the Saints” and “Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones” and watch They will know we are Christians by our Love Lyric Video, performed by Jars of Clay. Participate in communion and recite the Lord’s Prayer.
As we work to build the beloved community, my message focuses on Philippians 2 1-5
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus
I encourage you this week be humble so that you can be a helper, be creative, be joyful, and act in love.
One of the fun features of Pastor Jones’ sermons is the range of relevant references. This week he shared William Shakespeare and Fred Rogers.
“But man, proud man,William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
Dress’d in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he’s most assur’d—
His glassy essence—like an angry ape
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens,
Would all themselves laugh mortal.”
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,” Rogers said to his television neighbors, “my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”Mr. Fred Rogers