Each day it seems as though something more keeps changing in our lives. More often than not, these changes seem to be a loss of some sort.
The interesting thing, though, about our losses is that they also seem to make room for something new. I’m not one to always look for silver linings, and in our present context, I think we need to leave plenty of room for mourning the things we’re losing with all of the modifications to our lives right now. But I also want to acknowledge and even celebrate the opportunities we have for new things.
One of these new things will happen this Sunday.
You are invited to join us for worship on Sunday morning. We’ll be streaming live again at 9:30 a.m. through Facebook Live. Because it is the first Sunday of the month, when we ordinarily celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, the Session has decided that
we will, indeed, celebrate communion together, albeit remotely, this Sunday
. Our denomination has issued authorization for Session’s to make this decision and this past week the Session decided to do so. I will admit that I had some trepidation about this when I first researched it. But now I couldn’t be more excited. I’m filled with anticipation for each of you to be partaking in the elements right where you are - in your home or wherever you may be! This will be a further recognition that
we truly are together, even though we are not gathering in the same physical place
I invite you to take some time today and make some bread (or use whatever bread or cracker you might have at home already) and set aside some fruit of the vine (perhaps some grape juice, or wine). I will guide us through the Words of Institution and we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In Romans 8, Paul writes that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.
Friends, even as we are separating from one another, we are not separate from God and God’s Holy Spirit dwells among us - wherever we may be!
Sunday is also Palm Sunday, of course! If you have a chance,
stop by and pick up a palm outside the church office
Please take as many as you need, but only touch the ones you’ll take! If you would allow us to bring a palm to your doorstep, let me know as I have some enthusiastic volunteers ready to deliver them to you! If you can’t make it to get a palm, here’s a
link to a palm coloring sheet
(not just for kids!). We’ll be waving our palms during worship!
Finally, as we look toward this coming Holy Week, I want to continue to invite you to join us for midday prayers. This week it will be particularly beneficial as we journey with one another through the days leading to Easter. On Thursday night we’ll gather virtually through Zoom for our traditional Maundy Thursday gathering. There’s more information below. And then on Easter Sunday I will livestream a brief sunrise service at 6:00 a.m. and then we’ll have the regular live service at 9:30 a.m.
See you Sunday morning on Facebook Live the direct link is below along with links to the bulletin.
P.S. If you’re having trouble connecting through Zoom or Facebook Live,
please do reach out!
I promise it isn’t too bad and
we have people who can help walk you through it
. Don’t be intimidated, and I encourage you, also, to not miss the opportunity we have in this way to remain connected.
Click on the picture above
to join the live worship service. We will begin the live feed at about 9:20 a.m. and the prelude will begin at a few minutes before 9:30. I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee, light a candle or two, gather your family, and enjoy our time of worship.
link to the bulletin
so that you can join in the singing and responsive prayers, just as if you were at PCWS. They'll also appear on the screen.
The Session has determined that our PCWS community will continue to worship … but online only! You are encouraged to worship from your computer, tablet, or phone through the Facebook website.
You do NOT need to sign-up for Facebook to participate in worship
. If it asks you to sign-up, simply cancel or select the option to do so at a later time.
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 9:30 for worship!
(Feel free to try the link now to know that you can join in. If you encounter any trouble accessing the feed, please reach out to
who can walk you through it.)
Click the button above to listen to last Sunday's sermon,
or click the button below to view last Sunday's Worship.
No matter where you may be in the world, you can feel close to PCWS!
Our siblings at Nueva Paz Presbyterian Church in Cuba
Our men & women serving our country in the Armed Services
The people of Syria,
and especially the relatives of PCWS’ Interfaith Women’s Book Group
First responders, nurses, doctors, and others
providing care to others
son-in-law of Larry & Becky Glasscock
riend of the Smyers family
friend of Theresa & Condy Dixon
nephew of Becky & Larry Glasscock
friend of the Merrifield family
mother of Michelle
uncle of Lori Carsten
daughter of Mary Kae Headland
The family of Inez Martinez,
friend of the Merrifield family
grandson of Shirley Pine
daughter of Becky & Larry Glascock
daughter of Margot Walsh
friend of Carol Ulreich
friend of the Slezaks
Mary Kate Miller,
step-mother of Julie Garino
dear friend of Bruce Geary
Michael De Vries
friend of Jane Norman
cousin of Barb Farr & Joe Benson
Nate & Joann Dardick,
friends of Laurie Merrifield
Uncle of Lori Carsten
friend of Phyllis DiFrancesco
friend of Becky Glasscock
friend of Carol Ulreich
aunt of Lori Carsten
niece of Herb & Joyce Smyers
aunt of Candice Mares
friend of Mike P
great niece of Laura Fruit
The family and friends of Toni Potenza Moya,
daughter of Harriett Potenza & Craig Harris
Parents of Tiffany Sellman
cousin of Elizabeth Slezak
4/05 - Stephanie Coates
4/05 - Addison Cushman
4/06 - Jake Tinaglia
4/07 - Andy Hanson
4/08 - Win Murray
4/09 - Eric Boeckmann
4/10 - Mac Weber
4/11 - Carolyn Bozek
4/11 - Jessie Fronk
4/11 - Dom Garino
Have you ever considered using online tools as a way to manage your contributions to PCWS? You can have your bank send contributions directly to PCWS or you can use our giving site to set-up recurring or one-time payments. Since we’re not gathering in-person each week, this would be a good time to get yourself set-up with electronic payments. Please contact our
Financial Secretary Patrick Rivers
, with any questions or instructions for setting up payments through your bank.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our ministries, particularly during this uncertain time.
Remember PCWS in your will and estate planning.
Please contact Pastor Erik for more Information.