So one day last week, I walked over 17,000 steps. It was just a regular Tuesday – no family outing, no big long nature walks, no new exercise initiative. I put one foot in front of the other for over 7 miles, and I never left my neighborhood. All of that distance traveled just to […]
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the earth bears witness to all of life. Moments and times that have been long forgotten leave a trace even if it is embedded deep within the soil. In this picture, I think of the Native Americans who for centuries stood upon these ancient rocks and fished. […]
Today our scripture reading contains one of the earliest professions of faith in Jesus as the Messiah, the son of the Living God. With this bold proclamation, Peter becomes one of the first disciples to share a testimony, to bear witness to the work of God unfolding in the world through Jesus of Nazareth. That bold statement of faith becomes the rock upon which the church can be built. Peter is a living stone and his testimony a building block for all that is to come.
At Greystone, we often say that we are a church of living stones. That each of us has a story of faith and a testimony to share about how God is working in our lives. This morning, we will hear one of those stories from our sister in Christ, Susan Gardner. Susan has a miraculous story to tell about how God has been made known to her in a very real way.
As you listen to Susan’s words and hear her response to that same question that Peter answered, I wonder how each one of us might respond as well: Who do you say that I am?
Good Morning! What an exciting weekend this has been as we have been able to spend some time getting to know our Candidate for the Minister of Worship, Music, and the Arts position. In worship today, we read from Leviticus 25. While the whole chapter would be excellent reading for your personal spiritual practice this week, in worship we will focus on the first seven verses.
This scripture reminds us of God’s commandment to take Sabbath seriously, for ourselves and for all of God’s creation. What I have found is that this means so much more than simply remembering to “go to church” (whatever that looks like in COVID times). Taking Sabbath seriously means recognizing our humanity, releasing control, and trusting God enough to take a break from our work in order to delight in God’s creation and God’s presence with us. This is a challenge, especially in these days when the work seems to be never-ending.
In planning today’s service, Christian selected music that mirrors the text calling us to a healthy rhythm of work, rest, and the celebration of new life that is possible only after Sabbath.
Through music, prayer, scripture and the sermon today, let us draw near to the Spirit of God who invites us into the holy delight of Sabbath rest.
I have been listening to Hamilton on repeat. It’s certainly my “Sound of Summer 2020”. Just in case you don’t know. . . Hamilton, the musical, is based on the life of Alexander Hamilton (guy on the $10 bill) and is set in a revolutionary time of our country’s history. Thank you Disney +. Recently, for a family […]
“Suite No. 2 in D Major” (HV 341), by George Frideric Handel, 1733 This suite for trumpet and keyboard accompaniment consists of five short movements composed for baroque dance. The movements might be imagined as bringing us through the jubilee cycle referenced in Leviticus 25. Movement 1, “Overture,” has a steady, bouncy feel that can be likened […]
This morning the Search Team for Minister of Worship, Music, and the Arts recommended that Greystone call Dr. Christian McIvor to join our Ministerial Staff Team. The team was most impressed with Christian’s commitment to creativity and collaboration in worship planning, his eagerness to serve in any and all ministerial capacities – noting his strong […]
Saturday, August 15 9:15 am – 11am Special Called Church Conference called by Moderator, Diaconate, and Sr. Pastor Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 222 722 9270 12 Noon Small Group Meeting with Music Team, Ordinance Team, Sound & Light Team, Worship Committee Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 222 722 9270 1:00 pm Small Group Meeting with Accompanists and Instrumental […]
Earlier this summer our family vacationed on the Pamlico Sound. As is expected during our summers here in North Carolina, we experienced a few afternoon thunderstorms. One afternoon, this view of the sky really captured my attention. Looking at the clouds you can’t really tell whether the storm is coming or going, who has already […]