2014-01-26 Musical Courage_Gospel, Jazz & Praise

Suzanne Kimmel and John Ashby, Worship Leaders. Life Journey: Jessie Chabot—Girls Rising.

When Reggie Graham was a guest choral leader for our congregation several years ago, we moved the piano to the center of the “preaching-singing center” of the church, and he wove stories, keyboard virtuosity and congregational singing into one seamless piece. 
Thanks to Nancy Lower’s friendship with Reggie, he will be with us for both Sunday services. His music will be front & center once again. One of his recordings, “I Just Want to Be Holy,” is described as Music with a Gospel Reality, a Jazz Musicality and a Praise Mentality.

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2014-01-19 Let Us Not Wallow In the Valley of Despair

Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Ellen Rosen, Worship Associate; Life Journey: Scott Ragsdale and Carol Corbett.

Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday – The parts of Martin Luther King’s great Civil Right’s speech that have become a mantra were improvised in the moment. The last sentence from his planned speech was “Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. . . ” We should be aware of the ways that our society and our lives are not
perfect, but we cannot waste our time lingering in the land of despair. Too much has been accomplished, and there is too much good work to be done. One salvation is the opportunity to work with others in sympathy with our ideals. Surprises wait for us.

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2014-01-12 Becoming Courage: Leading with Our Hearts

Caitlin Cotter, Worship Leader; Eldridge Moores, Worship Associate; Life Journey: Marty West, Chair of the Board.

What does it mean to be courageous? The root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart, and in Middle English courage was used broadly for “what is in one’s mind or thoughts”. The charge to be courageous can lead us to be vulnerable, emphatic, and compassionate; to face into our fears and our shame; and to embody our values in the world. Join with us as we explore how we can take heart and become courage in our day-to-day lives.

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2014-01-05 The Heart of a Lion: Wishing for Courage

Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Autumn Labbe Renault, Worship Associate; Life Journey: Elizabeth Hall.

Often we think about courage as grand feats of action in the face of danger. The names that come to mind can be the luminaries of our time who have done great things against all odds. However, each of us is asked to be courageous every day. We decide if we will dare greatly or turn away from the possibilities. What is a life of courage, and how do we live it?

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