Sunday, June 7, 2020
Just One Thing, or Maybe Three
Topic: Worship for June 7, 2020
Time: Jun 7, 2020, 11:00 AM Pacific Time (the US and Canada)
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Deon Taylor, former Sacramentan and professional basketball player now highly regarded filmmaker (Director of Black & Blue, The Intruder, and Traffik) is helping to organize a peaceful protest with his “Be Woke. Vote” organization. Please Click This Blue Line For More Details
When: Saturday, June 6, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Golden 1 Center (7th& L Street)
The peaceful march will end with a rally on the West side of the Capitol on 9th and Capitol Mall. Bring the family and enjoy the great food and entertainment after we march to affect change across this nation by starting right here at home.
When our lives and the world around us are in turmoil. When grief and anger on the streets are palpable. When we’re all on edge, anxious, and afraid for the future of this land. When the elected official in the highest office in this land seems to embrace the turmoil and seeks to weaken our democratic values and institutions. Then we must gather together under the banner of freedom and march, console, challenge, and proclaim in the name of Christ who said, “Blessed are the poor,” and in memory of the prophets who said, “Let justice roll down like waters.”
I’m thankful to have received this week two letters written by Westminster church members and addressed to Sacramento District Attorney Schubert, calling for her to cease her practice of accepting campaign contributions from law enforcement unions. As I mentioned in the sermon from last Sunday, this represents a conflict of interest, given that she has the responsibility of determining whether police who are suspected of misconduct should be charged with criminal offenses. I’m also thankful that this week some retired and active California District Attorneys are calling on the State Bar to prohibit District Attorneys from receiving these contributions. Changes are coming!
Being thankful in the midst of turmoil is one of the most powerful ways to stay positive, hopeful, and energized. Think of one thing right now you are thankful for. If you can think of one, you can surely find three. In the previous paragraph, I mentioned two things I’m thankful for. The third is easy. I’m thankful this week for the gift of music and the musicians at Westminster who enliven our worship.
This Sunday is Music Appreciation Sunday. Please join us for our Zoom worship at 11 am. We will give thanks to those who, with joy and sacrifice, bring us a little closer to God through music. It is also communion Sunday, so remember to gather the bread and wine/grape juice for partaking together via our technology.
A memorial service for Ray Fitch has been tentatively scheduled for July 11, at 10 am, at the church. Please continue to remember his family in your prayers. Also, pray for John Seal who is in the hospital and the Sisterson family, as it was four years this weekend that Andrew died.
Carol Merritt would like to send her gratitude ”to my church family for the beautiful cards and wonderful messages sent to me in honor of my 90th birthday. I love you all and I look forward to seeing you all soon. Peace and Love.”
Starting Thursday, June 11, at 7 pm, Lisa Pruitt will host a Zoom discussion of Brene Brown’s book Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Please purchase the book and read the first two chapters for the June 11 discussion. If you cannot afford the book, please let us know in the church office, and we’ll purchase some books to distribute. The Zoom invitation will be sent out early next week.
One final thing, a new slew of scam emails purporting to be from me went out this week. Please be vigilant and know that I will never send you an email asking you to purchase any kind of gift card on my behalf.
Here’s the order of worship for Sunday:
Prelude—Susan Lamb Cook, cello
Welcome and Call to Worship—Pastor Wes
Hymn—When in Our Music God Is Glorified
Litany—The Confession of Belhar
Children’s Message—Matthew, Joanna, and Jonathon Miller
First Lesson—Cathy Homoelle; Psalm 8
Anthem—Members, One of Another
Second Lesson—Matthew 28:16-20
Song—It’s a Wonderful World
Sharing Joys and Concerns
Prayers for Westminster and the World—Horace Marks
Westminster Ringers—Prelude on Ashgrove
Hymn—I’m Going to Live So God Can Use Me
Charge—Cathy or Horace
Virtual Coffee Hour
PWOW’s Second Socially Distanced Equal Exchange Sale is now open!
We are offering free delivery of Equal Exchange products in our current inventory on a first-come/first-served basis. Payment for items will be collected at the time of delivery (cash or checks payable to the church). Please call or email Maryann Hopson at 916-284-4013 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your request (and any substitutions in case we don’t have your first selection in stock) by Thursday, June 11. Your orders will be delivered to your doorstep. Maryann will be making her rounds on Friday (June 12) late morning/early afternoon and on Saturday (June 13) morning. If the delivery option/timeframe will not work for you, we will make arrangements for you to pick up your items from the church office sometime during the following week (June 15 to 17). If necessary, we will offer this service again in July, with a delivery date of July 10 to 11.
We have the following available:
Coffee for $8 a bag (French Roast whole bean or ground, Mind, Body and Soul ground, Love Buzz ground, Ethiopian ground, Hazelnut Crème ground)
Decaffeinated ground coffee is $9
Sisters Blend ground coffee is $10
Tea for $4 a box (English Breakfast, Chai, Chamomile (herbal), Peppermint (herbal))
Chocolate bars are $3 each (Dark Chocolate Caramel Crunch, Panama Extra Dark, Dark Chocolate Almond, Dark Chocolate Mint Crunch, Very Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk, Milk Chocolate)
Dark Chocolate Lemon Ginger chocolate bars are past their best by date, and therefore offered at $2
Dark Chocolate Minis are 25 cents each, or 15 for $3
Olive oil for $14 a bottle
Also, for June we are offering the hardcover book A Cafecito Story by Julia Alvarez for $8 (regularly $10). A Cafecito Story is a story of love, coffee, birds, and hope. It is a beautifully written eco-fable by best-selling author Julia Alvarez. Based on her and her husband’s experiences trying to reclaim a small coffee farm in her native Dominican Republic, A Cafecito Story shows how the return to the traditional methods of shade-grown coffee can rehabilitate and rejuvenate the landscape and human culture, while at the same time preserving vital winter habitat for threatened songbirds. If you are looking for your next read, this may be it!