Sunday Order of Worship

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OPENING SENTENCES OF SCRIPTURE  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest! CALL TO CONFESSION PRAYER OF CONFESSION God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost.  We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your … [Read more…]

Holy Week Slideshow

Linda Sue Barnes compiled a wonderful slideshow of the Holy Week based on art and her travels. I hope you’ll take time this week to watch it and reflect on it. There are two longer videos with no music that we’ll add to our youtube channel as we are able. This beautiful rendition of “Were … [Read more…]

No Answers

April 2 – No Answers I’ve had a few people ask me what I thought the reason all this was happening was, and I have usually had to just say “I don’t know.”  I thought this article was helpful to articulate all this.  If you haven’t already read it I hope you do.  Lament is … [Read more…]

Holy Week

We are just a few days away from the start of Holy Week.  It’s going to be really strange not to gather together for Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter.  I love the highs and lows of Holy Week, the celebrations, the grief, the liturgy.   I’m reminded of the crowds throughout the week leading … [Read more…]

Quarantine

Our session decided last night to take the advice of the state and Presbytery and put in person gatherings on hold even longer, until at least Sunday, May 3.  This will be hard as that time includes Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter.  We hate we won’t meet in person but we have some cool … [Read more…]

Some Good News

We are “gospel” people and gospel means “good news.” For us the good news is that Jesus resurrected on Easter day, and loves us despite us being sinners. When we see glimpses of good news each day, it’s signs of God working in the world.  The helpers, the miracles, the love that people share imitate … [Read more…]

Sunday’s Order of Worship

We will not gather in person tomorrow, but you’re invited to join us for a live stream of worship at 11:00 am (if you miss it, you can watch it later). We’ll have it on our website, www.bluffpc.org or you can go directly to the youtube video. If you have a smart tv and app, go to the youtube … [Read more…]

Love

A couple years back, April 8, 2018,  a preached a sermon on 1 John 1:1-2:5 using a book as an illustration.  Here is what I said about it (with a video from the author reading the book and a link to the article I reference): So I’ve been reading another book this lenten season a … [Read more…]

Personal Prayer and Care

Last week I shared some resources that are helpful for families, but I have just a few digital ways to help with the rhythm of your life. Things that remind you to pray.  I have several apps on my phone for this and some are better than others.  I encourage you, even if not digitally, … [Read more…]

Music

Music is powerful. Something about music helps us express how we’re feeling in a way that simple words cannot. Most of the psalms are songs, our lives are shaped by hymns and songs each day. Tonight we were supposed to have a music service led by the choir, so I want you to have some … [Read more…]