The Discipline of Remembering, #Emanuel9—Wed. Evening Prayer, Jun. 17, 2020

Second Half of June 17, 2020 – Wednesday Evening Prayer

Sometimes technical difficulties happen! Please check out this cleaner version of the 2nd half of the service.

Posted by St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA on Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Sermon delivered via Zoom and Facebook Live from my home in Philadelphia. It comes at around 1:30 in the video.

Proverbs 4:10-27
Psalm 105:1-11,37-45
Luke 6:12-19  

This was a casual reflection given without notes, see the video above.

The Emanuel 9, killed by Dylann Roof on June 17, 2015:
CLEMENTA PINCKNEY
MYRA THOMPSON
SHARONDA COLEMAN-SINGLETON
DEPAYNE MIDDLETON-DOCTOR
DANIEL SIMMONS
CYNTHIA HURD
ETHEL LANCE
SUSIE JACKSON
TYWANZA SANDER

Sent to Listen and Sing—Music Sunday, Jun 14, 2020

Second Sunday after Pentecost – June 14, 2020

Link to Bulletin: https://www.standrewsperkasie.org/June142020-1.pdfMusic Sunday Presiding – Pastor Philip KreyPreaching – Pastor Joshua Sullivan Assistant Minister – Deb Beck Lector – Karen HearnQuartet – Beautiful Savior, performed by Kristen Strouse, Amy Belloff, Timothy Belloff and Mike Seagreaves

Posted by St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA on Sunday, June 14, 2020
Sermon delivered at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church via Facebook Live. It comes at around 27:00 in the video.

Psalm 100
Matthew 9:35-10:23

So, here we are on music Sunday! And I know… there is not one of us who does not love some form of African American music. We are all proud of our nation’s heritage of Gospel, Folk, Blues, Country, Rock n’ Roll and Jazz—R&B, Hip Hop, Dance, Pop, Showtunes and more! You must know, all the roots of all these genres are firmly planted in the songs of lament and hope, joy and perseverance of the Black people of our nation’s history and present.

When we as white folks share these songs, and when we listen closely to the meaning of all these kinds of music, we do very important work. These songs, and especially our hymn of the day chosen today by Brian, these songs are Black songs. Beautiful Black songs about Black stories for Black people, and that’s a wonderful thing.

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Seeing Red, but Feeling the Spirit—Pentecost, May 31, 2020

Sunday Worship [Edited] – Pentecost – May 31, 2020

Link to Bulletin: https://www.standrewsperkasie.org/May312020.pdfPresiding: Pastor Philip Krey Preaching: Pastor Joshua Sullivan Assistant Minister: Rhonda GeyerLector: Everett WickHymn of the Day: Kristen Strouse, Rhonda Geyer, Joshua Sullivan, Cayle Hamman

Posted by St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA on Sunday, May 31, 2020
Sermon delivered via Zoom and Facebook Live from my home in Philadelphia. It comes at around 28:30 in the video.

Acts 2:1-21
John 20:19-23

Getting ready to talk with you all today, about Pentecost, about the festival when we remember the Holy Spirit coming to the earliest church, I was talking with my wife Maddy about the color red. It’s the color that represents the fire of the Holy Spirit we heard about in the lesson from Acts. I asked her what she thought about the color red, what it represents to her. And as she scrolled through social media full of pictures of protest and grief, she said anger.

She said anger and she’s right, red does mean anger in our culture. And one way or another, this week we have all been seeing red. Our nation is seething with anger. Raw from anxiety in this pandemic, anger begets more anger.

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Crossing Thresholds—Wed. Evening Prayer, May 20, 2020

Wednesday Evening Prayer Service – May 20, 2020

Link to Bulletin: https://www.standrewsperkasie.org/Wed%20Streaming%205-20-2020.pdfPresiding: Pastor Joshua Sullivan

Posted by St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA on Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Sermon delivered via Zoom and Facebook Live from my home in Philadelphia. It comes at around 15:30 in the video.

Deuteronomy 31:1-13
John 16:16-24

This was a casual reflection given without notes, see the video above.

Confessing Our Sin in the Spirit—Easter 6, May 17, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 17, 2020

Link to Bulletin: https://www.standrewsperkasie.org/May172020-3.pdfPresiding – Pastor KreyPreaching – Pastor SullivanAssistant Minister – Rhonda GeyerLector – Karen HearnHymn of Day – Chief of Sinners (performed by Sarah Moyer, Amy Belloff and Tim Belloff)

Posted by St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA on Sunday, May 17, 2020
Sermon delivered via Google Hangouts and Facebook Live from my home in Philadelphia. It comes at around 32:00 in the video.

Acts 17:22-31
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21

We’ve done something this morning as a community, that we haven’t done in a while! Not since Holy Thursday, actually, on April 5th. We have confessed our sin. Now, normally, the Sundays after Easter are a very happy and joyful time. We celebrate Christ’s victory over death, and the completion of God’s plan to restore us to our true identity as God’s children. So, lately, in celebration,  we have been thanking God for our baptism, the sign of this true identity, as Pastor Krey and myself have been splashing around in the baptismal font.

But, this morning we confessed instead—something equally as beautiful as baptism, I think.

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Are You Full?—Wed. Evening Prayer, May 13, 2020

Wednesday Evening Prayer and Reflection – May 13, 2020

Link to Bulletin: https://www.standrewsperkasie.org/Wed%20Streaming%205-13-2020.pdfPresiding – Joshua Sullivan

Posted by St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA on Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Sermon delivered via Zoom and Facebook Live from my home in Philadelphia. It comes at around 12:20 in the video.

Proverbs 3:13-18
Psalm 102:1-17
John 8:31-38

This was a casual reflection given without notes, see the video above.

We Had Hoped…—Easter 3, Apr. 26, 2020

Third Sunday of Easter [Edited]- April 26, 2020

Enjoy this edited version of our worship service from the Third Sunday of Easter on April 26, 2020.Link to Bulletin: https://www.standrewsperkasie.org/Sunday,%20April%2026%202020%20final-3.pdfPresiding Minister: Pastor Philip Krey Preaching: Pastor Joshua Sullivan Assistant Minister: Lori DerkLector: Sandy Hensel

Posted by St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA on Sunday, April 26, 2020
Sermon delivered via Zoom and Facebook Live from my home in Philadelphia. It comes at around 26:00 in the video.

Luke 24: 13-35

The two of them were going home.

Two of Jesus’ friends and disciples, after all that had taken place,  were putting some “social distance” between themselves and where their hope was broken.

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Jonah and the Deeps—Wed. Evening Prayer, Apr. 22, 2020

Wednesday Evening Prayer and Reflection – April 22, 2020

Presiding: Pastor Joshua Sullivan Link to Bulletin: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LFCKZBqj8Cnt47ABgFKmNTxVpggJLmexRg3SamT_IQ0/edit

Posted by St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA on Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Sermon delivered via Zoom and Facebook Live from my home in Philadelphia. It comes at about 10:00 in the video.

Jonah 2:1-10
Matthew 12:38-42

[This casual reflection was given without notes. The following is a transcript.]

So as Tim advances your slides (thank you so much Tim B. for your help this evening) you will see a little snippet from a painting. This is a painting by a painter in the 19th century named Albert Pinkham Ryder, one of my favorites. He makes these very small paintings and they’re very unusual techniques, they’re like layered, sometimes he painted on leather. So, here you can see a giant fish in the corner, it’s kind of comical actually—spooky and funny at the same time—and then at the bottom there’s Jonah. He’s like, “Noo!!”

This evening I want to talk about Jonah and the deeps…

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Mary Magdalene is Given Vision—Resurrection of the Lord, Apr. 12, 2020

Easter Sunday – April 12, 2020

Link to Bulletin: https://www.standrewsperkasie.org/Easter%20Sunday%202020.docxfinal-1.pdfPastor Philip KreyPastor Joshua Sullivan Assistant Minister: Rhonda GeyerOrganist: Brian BullardWorship Facilitator: Jon Kimnach Anthem: I have not seen, yet I believe – Performed by Rhonda Geyer, Lori Derk and Kristin StrousePostlude: Easter Medley – Performed by Tali Duckworth (Pastor Krey's Granddaughter)Hallelujah Chorus

Posted by St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA on Sunday, April 12, 2020
Sermon delivered at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church via Facebook Live, it comes at about 28:30 in the video.

John 20:1-18

This Easter Gospel from John is about a lot of things. It’s about overturned expectations. It’s about fear and unknowing and joy all mixed up. It’s about a personal encounter with the risen Jesus. But most of all, it’s about a woman named Mary Magdalene.

We watch poor Mary, from the fishing village of Magdala, go through so many gut-wrenching emotions. Gut-wrenching emotions we have become all too familiar with ourselves in this past month of social distance and pandemic: disbelief, fear, anger, and tearful grief.

I want you to know how unusual, how scandalous it is, that in John, and in the other Gospels too, the resurrection story is told through the eyes of women. In all the Gospels the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus are the first appearance of Mary of Magdala.

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