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Devotion – Grow

Thursday, March 21 Bad things happen. A hurricane ravages Puerto Rico. A gunman massacres young people in a South Florida school. Wildfires destroy Paradise. We live in a world where bad things happen. Innocent people get hurt. But Jesus teaches us that this is not...

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Jonathan Vaughn in Concert

Please join us at National City Christian Church this Friday, March 22, at 12:15 p.m.,when organist Jonathan Vaughnwill perform our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Jonathan Vaughn is Associate Director of Music at Christ Church, Greenwich Connecticut, where he...

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Devotion – Refresh

Wednesday, March 20 Time to Refresh One of the words I’ve adopted from the digital age is “refresh.” The computer will “refresh” my email, bringing in the new and (maybe) fixing the old. I use that word at the beginning of each New Year to evaluate what I’m doing and...

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Devotion – Refusals

Tuesday, March 19 As Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem, it was reported that Pontius Pilate was upsetting and irritating the Jewish people by ignoring their religious beliefs and demanding that they live by Roman laws and standards. In this scripture, Pilate is using...

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Devotion – Differences

Monday, March 18 I sometimes question why tragedies happen to good people while bad things seem not to happen to bad people. This scripture mentions two events in which bad things happened to unsuspecting people. It makes us realize that our existence is delicately...

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Devotion – Meditation

Sunday, March 17 Note: Writers on Sundays were asked to address the power of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in their lives. Poetic words that spark our imagination are part of the appeal of all the psalms. In the psalms, “the seas roar, the trees of the forest...

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Devotion – Confusion

Saturday, March 16 Sometimes I get frustrated by all the parables that Jesus tells his disciples and followers. Wouldn’t it be easier if Jesus just plainly said what he meant? And yet, other times he doesn’t mince words at all – like that one time he called Herod a...

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Lenten Devotion – Rejection

Friday, March 15 We have all been rejected and rejection doesn’t feel good. It can be devastating. In the scripture, Jesus’ message and ministry are rejected. The Pharisees are trying to dissuade Jesus from going to Jerusalem. But Jesus doesn’t fall for their ruse....

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Devotional – Reflect

Thursday, March 14 Christians are called to reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ life and death and on the role we play in continuing his mission. As in all the gospels, the Pharisees in Luke are largely antagonistic to Jesus and Jesus to them. Though the Pharisees’...

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Devotion – Anger

Wednesday, March 13 The Old Testament has some pretty brutal stories, and the book of Revelation is filled with harrowing images that still make their way into blockbuster horror movies, but few moments in the Bible make my hair stand on end like those episodes where...

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Devotion – Compassion

Tuesday, March 12 Dr. Ruth Anne Reese of Asbury Theological Seminary describes in her commentary of Luke 13 three distinct uses of the Greek word, thelo, meaning “desire,” “wish,” or “want.” The Pharisees warn Jesus that Herod wants to kill Jesus (vs.31). Jesus...

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Jacob Reed in Concert

Please join us at National City Christian Church this Friday, March 15, at 12:15 p.m.for our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Organist Jacob Reed, a student at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, will perform works of five composers, two of them women. Jacob Reed...

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Devotion – Administer

Monday, March 11 What is your mission? Do you know? Do you have a clear picture? Jesus came to earth knowing what his mission was. He varied his “tactics” or approach. He was always about ministering to others through feeding, healing, teaching, even as he approached...

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Devotion – Comfort

Sunday, March 10 Note: Writers on Sundays were asked to address the power of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in their lives. “On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” Luke 4:11 As with the devil’s first two...

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Devotion – Practice

Saturday, March 9 This passage of scripture opens by stating, “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit.” This simple statement can be easy to pass by very quickly. However, it is one of the most fundamental expressions of a very important truth to understand. The Christian...

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Devotion – Wildernesses

Friday, March 8 The Bible is full of wilderness stories. In fact, the wilderness seems to be one of God’s favorite places to be revealed to individuals. The Bible is also filled with references to the number 40, using it to represent a lengthy period of time. This...

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Devotion – Persist

Thursday, March 7 For 40 days the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus did not succumb to that persistent temptation. Of course, he didn’t. But could we do the same? And just 40 days? Doesn’t it sometimes feel like we spend our entire life in the wilderness...

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Ash Wednesday Devotion – Guideposts

March 6 The Temptation of Jesus, which we read about in today’s passage, occurs immediately after he is baptized and a heavenly voice proclaims, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” The writer of Luke is perhaps warning us that we are at risk of...

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Pianist Natalia Kazaryan in Concert

Please join us for a sumptuous feast of great works for piano performed byNatalia Kazaryan at our free weekly Music at Midday concert this Friday, March 8, at 12:15 p.m. Natalia Kazaryan has performed across Europe, in Salzburg’s Schloss Mirabell, Monaco’s Théâtre des...

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Michael Ging to Perform Bach, Vierne, and Duruflé

Please join us this Friday, March 1, at 12:15 p.m., for our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Organist Michael Gingwill perform works of three great composers: J. S. Bach, Louis Vierne, and Maurice Duruflé. Michael Ginghas performed widely, including recitals in...

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Michael Stefanek: J. S. Bach to John Williams

Please join us this Friday, February 22, for a performance by organist Michael Stefanek at our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Dr. Stefanek's program will feature works by John Weaver, J.S. Bach, Louis Vierne, Edwin H Lemare, Phillip Sousa, and John Williams.  ...

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Elevator Operating!

Get a "lift" this Sunday at worship in the Sanctuary. At 8:30 Gospel Worship, celebrate the baptisms of Sarah Rose and Angelina Ramirez. At 11 Worship, enjoy the majestic music of the Møller organ. Come and be uplifted! And -- oh, yes -- the elevator is operating! See...

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Zacchaeus Lock in Concert

Please join us this Friday, February 15, at 12:15 p.m.at National City Christian Church for our free weekly Music at Midday concert. We are pleased to be welcoming organist Zacchaeus Lock to perform a program twentieth century, mostly French, organ music. Zacchaeus...

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Frey Performs Franck

Organist Alexander Frey (Berlin, Germany) will perform the Music at Midday concert this week at National City Christian Church in a program of three pieces by French composer César Franck. Please join us for this free recital on Friday, February 8, at 12:15 p.m....

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German Organist to Open New Season

Please join us at National City Christian Church this Friday, February 1, at 12:15 p.m., when German organist Hans Uwe Hielscher will perform the first recital of the new season in our Music at Midday series. Hans Hielscher has served since 1979 as organist at the...

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Update

Worship canceled for 8:30 a.m.   Despite our well-intentioned plans for celebrating a baptism this morning at the 8:30 service, we are canceling the 8:30 a.m. worship today. We want everyone to be safe this morning and not venture out into the snowy weather. While a...

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Sunday Worship

National City Christian Church will be OPEN for worship on Sunday morning at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Most other church activities are canceled. Choirs will not be singing (or rehearsing) on Sunday. We encourage everyone to use their best judgment when venturing out on Sunday...

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A Baroque Christmas This Friday, Dec 21

Please join us at National City Christian Church this Friday, December 21, at 12:15 p.m. for A Baroque Christmas, performed by Kimberly Hess, organ; Sarah Noone, soprano; Jeffry Newberger, violin; Siena Baker, violin; and Timothy Thulson, cello. The program includes...

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Michael Britt Performs Music of the Season on Dec 14

Please join us at National City Christian Church for a delightful concert of seasonal music by organist Michael BrittthisFriday, December 14, at 12:15 p.m. Michael Britt was appointed Minister of Music at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore in...

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Offices closed on Wednesday

In observance of the National Day of Mourning for 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush, church offices will be officially closed on Wednesday, December 5. The Food Pantry will be open for distribution of food for our neighbors in need from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Other...

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Women Composers to Be Featured on Nov 30

Please join us on Friday, November 30, at 12:15 p.m., for our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Organist Jackson Borges will present a program featuring the works of three women composers--Florence Beatrice Price, Nadia Boulanger, and Pamela Decker--along with...

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Piano and Organ Duo This Friday, Nov 16

Carol Feather Martin and Gary Garletts will present a delightful program of music for piano and organ at our free weekly Music at Midday concert this Friday, November 16, at 12:15 p.m.Their program will include works of Carson Cooman, Ad Wammes, Joe Utterback, Charles...

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Christopher Schroeder in Concert This Friday, Nov 9

Please join us this Friday, November 9, at 12:15 p.m., for a program of mostly French organ music at our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Baltimore organist Christopher Schroeder will perform works of Bach, Duruflé, Dubois, and Vierne. Christopher Schroeder is...

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Viennese Organist Stefan Donner in Concert

Organist Stefan Donner is traveling from his home in Vienna, Austria, to perform works of Bach, Widor, and Vierne, at our free weekly Music at Midday concert this Friday, November 2, at 12:15 p.m. Stefan Donner earned degrees from the University of Music and...

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David Brock Plays Widor

Please join us this Friday, October 26, at 12:15 p.m., for our free weekly Music at Midday recital, when organist David Brock of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, will perform the complete Symphony No. 5 in F minor by Charles-Marie Widor, a work that concludes with  the famous...

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Valeria Foster called to Minister of Music!

National City Christian Church congregational board and Senior Pastor Stephen Gentle are excited to welcome Valeria A. Foster to the position of interim Minister of Music. In addition to overseeing the expansive music ministry of National City Christian Church, she...

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Sondra Proctor to Perform World Premiere

Please join us this Friday, October 19, at 12:15 p.m., for our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Sondra Goldsmith Proctor will perform the world premiere of a new work by Canadian composer Rachel Laurin, along with works of J. S. B Bach, Maurice Duruflé, and Jehan...

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Jordan Prescott to Perform This Friday, Oct 12

Please join us this Friday, October 12, at 12:15 p.m., when young organist Jordan Prescottwill perform a recital for our free weekly Music at Midday concert series. Jordan Prescott is a star on the rise as a concert organist, church musician, and music director. He...

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Justin Brueggeman to Perform This Friday, October 5

Please join us this Friday, October 5, at 12:15 p.m., for our weekly Music at Midday concert featuring organist Justin Brueggeman. Justin Brueggeman is an accomplished organ performer and winner of competitions, although he is quite young. Currently a senior at...

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Tyler Canonico to Perform This Friday, Sept 28

Please join us this Friday, September 28, at 12:15 p.m. four our free weekly Music at Midday concert. We are delightedto be welcoming organist Tyler A. Canonico, who will perform a program of organ music by French and British composers. Tyler A. Canonico is the...

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Barclay Brass to Perform This Friday, Sept 21

This week’s free Music at Midday concert will feature a quartet from The Barclay Brass,an ensemble comprised of some of Washington’s top brass musicians. Please join us at National City Christian Church this Friday, September 21, at 12:15. p.m. to hear a variety of...

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Mitchell Miller Performs Concert Season Opener on Sept 7

Please join us for our first Music at Midday concert of the 2018-2019 season on Friday, September 7, at 12:15 p.m. We are delighted to be welcoming back organist Mitchell Miller to perform this opening recital. After graduating from Oberlin with a double major in...

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Elevator Outage!

There will be NO elevator service at church this Sunday. I'm so sorry about this news, but the water break we had in the basement last night did significant damage to the elevator electrical system. It is completely shut down. For Sunday, the parking garage will be...

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LGBTQ Brunch on Sunday, August 12

A complete Sunday for LGBTQ Christians might just include worship and brunch, right? That's why we are planning for an LGBTQ Community brunch on Sunday, August 12, at 1:00 p.m. (following the 11:00 a.m. worship service), at Nage, 1600 Rhode Island Avenue, NW (in the...

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LGBTQ Bible Study on Home and Family on August 8

Come and join us on Wednesday, August 8, at 7:00 p.m. for our monthly LGBTQ Ecumenical Bible Study. Among other things that Jesus had in common with LGBTQ people was the strained relationship he seems to have had at times with his biological family and his embrace of...

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LGBTQ Bible Study This Wednesday, July 11

Our Bible study series on the Gospel of Mark continues on Wednesday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Suite. We will reflect on some parables about planting and growing found in Mark 4:1-32. Please come and join us. All are welcome!

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John Nothaft in Recital This Friday, June 29

Please join us for our final Music at Midday concert of the 2017 – 2018 season this Friday, June 29, at 12:15 p.m. We are delighted to be welcoming back organist John Nothaftto perform this Friday. John has just completed his master’s degree in organ performance at...

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Lynn Trapp in Recital This Friday, June 22

Please join us at National City Christian Church this Friday, June 22, at 12:15 p.m., for our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Organist Lynn Trapp will perform works by Nadia Boulanger, Niels Gade, and Albert Alain, along with a composition by Dr. Trapp himself....

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Colin MacKnight Performs Works of British Composers

lease join us this Friday, June 15, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Colin MacKnight will perform organ works of British composers C. Hubert H. Parry, Percy Whitlock, and David Goode. Colin MacKnight is a second year C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School,...

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LGBTQ Bible Study This Wednesday, June 13

Please join us this Wednesday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m., for our monthly LGBTQ Ecumenical Bible Study, led this month by Rev. Steven Baines. Jesus shocked and angered religious leaders of his own time by not adhering strictly to the “rules.” How do Jesus’ actions and...

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Rev. Dr. William Barber II Preaching This Sunday at 11!

We are excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Barber to our pulpit on Pride Sunday, June 10, at our 11 a.m. service. Rev. Dr. William Barber II is a preacher, author, and professor, he is the architect of the "Forward Together Moral Movement." Rev. Dr. Barber has most recently...

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Pride Recital: David Houston, “Franck-ly Speaking”

Organist David K. Houston will perform a program of works by César Franck (1822-1890), "Franck-ly Speaking," this Friday, June 8, at 12:15 p.m.. Come and join us for our weekly free Music at Midday concert as we join in this weekend's Pride celebration. David Houston...

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Reclaiming Jesus

On Thursday, May 24, we were honored to host the Sojourners Reclaiming Jesus, a call to answer candlelight procession and vigil, featuring Bishop Michael Curry. Here is the live stream of the Reclaiming Jesus service. You can find more information at the Sojourners...

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Organist Christopher Betts Performs on Friday, June 1

Please join us on Friday, June 1, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Christopher Betts performs a recital of works spanning several centuries. Chris recently relocated from the Washington area to Houston, Texas, where he currently serves as Director of Music at St. Paul's...

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Carol Feather Martin in Recital This Friday, May 25

Please join us this Friday, May 25, at 12:15 p.m., when Carol Feather Martin will perform a program entitled,  "A Century of French Organ Music": Fête - Jean Langlais; Le Banquet Celeste - Olivier Messiaen Prélude et Danse Fuguée - Gaston Litaize Huit Images de...

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Benjamin LaPrairie in Recital on Friday, May 18

Please join us on Friday, May 18, at 12:15 p.m., for our free weekly Music at Midday recital. We are delighted to be welcoming Benjamin LaPrairie to perform organ works by French composer Louis Vierne. Benjamin LaPrairie serves as Associate Director of Music at the...

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Poor People’s Campaign coming to National City

Broadcasting from National City Christian Church on Sunday, May 13, 6:00-7:30 p.m., the Poor People's Campaign will launch its first nationwide event of the season with nonviolent moral direct actions in over 30 state capitals and the District of Columbia.  ...

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LGBTQ Ecumenical Bible Study on Wed, May 9

Please come and join us for the next installment in our series of Bible studies based on this shortest of the Gospels, which we (along with churches of many denominations) are reading during worship on most Sundays of this year. This month’s session will be held in...

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Composer Carson Cooman Performs This Friday, May 4

Please join us this Friday, May 4, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Carson Cooman will perform organ works by three living European (British, Swedish, and Italian) composers. An accomplished composer and organist, Carson Cooman has held the position of Composer in...

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German Organist Axel Flierl Performs This Friday, April 13

Please join us this Friday, April 13, at 12:15 p.m., when German organist Axel Flierl will perform "Improvisations and Transcriptions" at our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Dr. Flierl is the titular organist and conductor at St. Peter’s Basilica in “Dillingen an...

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Worship on April 8

Join us for the Second Sunday of Easter at 8:30 and 11 a.m. -- "In Defense of Doubt" from John 20:19-31. Bulletins for Sunday:  8APR830...

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LGBTQ Bible Study on Wednesday, April 11

Even if you missed our March overview of the Gospel of Mark, come and join us for the next installment in our series of Bible studies based on this shortest of the Gospels, which we (along with churches of many denominations) are reading during worship on most Sundays...

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Devotion – No Fooling!

Easter Sunday, April 1 Today is the First day – the Lord’s Day – or Resurrection day. The Lord’s Day celebrates the beginning of the new creation – the First day – in the resurrection of Jesus. On this Sunday, we join with the communion of saints all around the world,...

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Devotion – Is This the Place?

Holy Saturday, March 31 Scripture: Mark 15:42-46 We have a pretty good idea where Jesus was buried. Maybe you have been to the site in Jerusalem, within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Just in the past year, a team of scientists from National Geographic and the...

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Devotion – Who Do We Put First?

Good Friday, March 30 Scripture: Mark 15:22-39 As Jesus hung on the cross, the soldiers cast lots to divide up his clothes among them. What do we take from Jesus? Wealth, fame, possessions, power, and comfort. As he hung there people verbally abused and mocked Him....

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Devotion – When Passions Collide

Maundy Thursday, March 29 Scripture: Mark 15:1-20 Pontius Pilate came to Judea as the new Governor to bring some order to this troublesome province. He finds himself thrown into a trial involving religious turmoil that has captivated the people but brought the ire of...

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Devotion – Surely Not I?

Holy Wednesday, March 28 Scripture: Mark 14:17-31 Isn’t it remarkable that the people gathered with Jesus at the table are the very ones that would one day betray and desert him? During what would become known as the “last supper,” Jesus announces that one of those...

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Devotion – Is It I?

Holy Tuesday, March 27 Scripture: Mark 14:17-31 The scene is set - there is a buzz in the air; streets are packed with citizens and strangers alike; preparations are being made in the temple; Roman guards are on heightened security; tensions are high; and twelve men...

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Devotion – Take the First Step

Holy Monday, March 26 Scripture: Mark 14:17-31 In spite of being betrayed, Christ shared his love with all of the twelve. After alerting them that he was aware of what would occur, he did not demonstrate any disfavor to the one who would betray him. He shared himself...

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Devotion – Singing Through the Sadness

Palm/Passion Sunday, March 25 Note: We asked our writers on Sundays to address the power of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in their lives. Music, like Lent, sometimes takes us where we prefer not to go. In “South Pacific,” sophisticated South Sea planter Emile de...

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Devotion – Get Ready

Saturday, March 24 Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 We are all familiar with the story of Jesus riding a colt into Jerusalem for Passover. It was told in all four gospels. Jesus had been out in the countryside with his disciples teaching the people, healing the sick, and even...

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Devotion – Humble & Honored

Friday, March 23 Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 This is a momentous occasion. For the first time Jesus is permitting His followers to honor him as a King. His earlier habit of avoiding unnecessary publicity is negated. He requested a colt (baby donkey) that had never been...

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Devotion – Follow the Path

Thursday, March 22 Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 As many of you may know and for those who do not know I am a convicted felon as of 2004. I was ashamed and humiliated at the arrest but eventually was glad it happened. I recall the anguish and heartache at the thought of my...

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Church Office Closed

Due to inclement weather expected on March 21, the church offices are closed and all activities are canceled. Be safe and enjoy your day.

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Devotion – Embracing Humility

Wednesday, March 21 Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 Being a disciple of God isn’t all glory. Imagine, you just devoted your life to Jesus for two to three years, and spent the last nine months travelling through 35 locations en route to what promises to be a glorious return...

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Devotion – Be A Dependable Force

Tuesday, March 20 Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 As with most biblical passages, there are so many messages that can be deciphered. One of the commentaries (The Interpreter’s Bible, Volume 7, 1989) that I read suggested that the actions like the colt being untied and taken...

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March 23 Concert Canceled

With predictions of a winter storm for Tuesday night and Wednesday, and with a performer needing to travel from out of town, we have made the decision to cancel this Friday's Music at Midday recital. There will be no concert this Friday, March 23, or next Friday,...

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Devotion – Hosanna!

Sixth Week in Lent The Hour Has Come Monday, March 19 Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 Jesus traveled to Jerusalem knowing the trip would lead to his sacrificial death. Agony and suffering are looming, and yet great joy and celebration surround Jesus. He’s on a death march,...

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Devotion – Now Thank We All Our God

Sunday, March 18 Note: We asked our writers on Sundays to address the power of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. The Lutheran minister Martin Rinkart arrived in Eilenberg, Saxony, in the seventeenth century. By 1636, war and plague left him, as the town’s only...

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Devotion – Now My Soul is Troubled

An elderly aunt was driving her car, which she had long ago named “Has Been,” as she entered the parking lot with nary an empty space in sight. Just then backup lights indicated the car nearby was readying to leave. But before “Has Been” could be driven into the now...

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March 16 Concert Canceled

We regret to announce that today's Music at Midday concert has been canceled. Our performer, Clara Gerdes, was traveling from Philadelphia by Amtrak. Because of a bridge closure in New Jersey, service has been delayed by several hours, and there is no way that she...

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Devotion – A New Life

Friday, March 16 Scripture: John 12:20-33 Of John 12:20-33, the significance may seem a little illusive, but it essentially (verses 24- 25) represents an important part of the spirit and reasoning describing the Christian religion. It raises some problems, probably...

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Devotion – Give Me Jesus

Thursday, March 15 Scripture: John 12:20-33 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus… While reading, meditating, and praying about the...

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Devotion – Bittersweet

Wednesday, March 14 Scripture: John 12:20-33 Now my soul is troubled. And what shall I say – "Father save me from this hour?” No, it is for this reason I have come to this hour. John 12:27 None of us likes to go through a trial or a test. We think that having a...

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Devotion – The Power of Promise

Tuesday, March 13 Scripture: John 12:20-33 Jesus shares the parables to illustrate that we must sacrifice in life to death. That's heavy stuff. The promise He makes is the most powerful thing I can imagine; in death, we will be reborn into someone forever enduring....

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Clara Gerdes in Recital on Friday, March 16

Please join us this Friday, March 16, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Clara Gerdes will perform at our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Clara Gerdes, from Davidson, North Carolina, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2014 and studies with organ faculty member...

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Devotion – Be Careful What You Ask For!

Fifth Week in Lent Troubled Hearts Scripture: John 12:20-33 Monday, March 12 Scripture: John 12:20-33 In all likelihood the Greeks in this story were Gentiles who had been attracted to Judaism but hadn’t quite gone all-in. They had traveled to Jerusalem to worship at...

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Devotion – O God, Our Help

Sunday, March 11 Note: We asked our writers on Sundays to address the power of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in their lives. While I'm sure that I sang "Happy Birthday" and various nursery songs in pre-school, the first real memory that I have of singing was at...

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