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Reflections, Images, and Videos from Our October 23 Services

October 24, 2016

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Embedded below are the 4 videos we watched before our 10 a.m. Service on October 23 to help prepare us for worship.

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We began the 10 a.m. Service with the first 2 minutes of following video, to help us be aware of, and open up to, the Presence with us of our God of unstoppable mercy and grace.

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At our 10 a.m. Service, Linda Penton read Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle for the children. Here’s an animated version of the story.

The story makes the same point as the line in the image at the top of this posting, taken from the Gospel Reading we read at both Services, Jesus’ Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14).

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Here’s a dramatized version of the Parable.

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Before our Offertory Hymn at both Services, we watched the following stewardship video, part 1 of “Hospitality and Resources.”

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The image immediately below of a child in Mosul was on our screens for the second half of our 10 a.m. Service, with words from our Epistle promising fulfillment of the deepest longing of the human heart, and challenging us to long with all our hearts for Our Lord’s appearing not to ourselves only, but to all God’s beloved children.

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We played the following 4 videos as we left our 10 a.m. Service with hearts overflowing with thanksgiving for God’s mercy and grace for us and for all, and the opportunity to share this mercy and grace with everyone in our world.

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