Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
For the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, our guest preacher The Rev. Alan Hall is calling his sermon “We Believe in God.” He is calling us to remember who we are: a church firmly grounded in scripture and theology. Rev. Hall serves at the General Council as the Executive Officer for Ministry and Employment with responsibility for the credentialing, oversight, and discipline of ministry personnel as well as being the senior staff officer for the pension and benefits plans of the denomination. Prior to this, he served in pastoral ministry for 26 years.
For the organ prelude, Dr. Patricia Wright will play "Allegro Con Brio/Andante Religioso/Allegretto" from Sonata IV in B-flat Major by Felix Mendelssohn and the spirituals Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and There is a Balm in Gilead, arranged by Joe Utterback, in celebration of Black History Month. The organ postlude will be "Allegro Maestoso e Vivace" from Sonata IV in B-flat Major by Felix Mendelssohn. The Metropolitan Choir will sing Hymn to Freedom by Oscar Peterson and I Sought the Lord by Hubert Bird. At the Offertory, the Metropolitan Handbell Choir will play Immortal, Invisible arranged by Dan R. Edwards. The hymns are No.313 God (Whose Almighty Word), No.498 (God Who Has Caused to be Written), and No.504 (How Clear Is our Vocation, Lord). The final piece in the carillon prelude played by Roy Lee will be Invention Metropolitan, by James (Bud) Slater (1927-2019), played in memory of Mr. Slater, Metropolitan’s Carillonneur Emeritus.
The Bible readings are Genesis 45:3-11, 15 (Joseph reveals himself to his brothers); Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40 (exhortation to patience and trust); and Luke 6:27-38 (the sermon of the plain).