Rev. John Shaver
Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 9:30am
Sanctuary & Livestream Worship
I hope you are having a wonderful summer as we are able to spend more time with friends and family. It has been a true joy to connect with more and more of you on Sunday mornings.
This Sunday, we will begin a new sermon series, Intersections: God's Stories - Our Stories – Summer 2021. Over the last few summers, we've had fun with this series connecting us to the many ways God speaks to us in our everyday journeys.
Throughout much of history, the church has incorporated the arts and shared the Gospel message through books, music, art, and film. As a result, we witness a high value of art and artists, from the incredible mosaics decorating the floors and ceilings of ancient churches and cathedrals to the magnificent and symbol-laden stained-glass windows. The same is true for music as we listen and sing. Martin Luther shared, "Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God."
This Sunday, we will journey to the stages of Broadway as we intersect with the musical Godspell. Based on the Gospel according to Matthew, Godspell (celebrating its 50th anniversary) features a comedic troupe of eccentric players who team up with Jesus to teach his lessons in a new way using the parables through song and dance.
We will also be blessed this Sunday by our friend Sharon Watson on organ and piano and her daughter Rosemary Watson (an award-winning vocalist and actress) as they share amazing music. I look forward to starting this new series with you at 8 a.m. (a shortened service with Communion in the Chapel), 9:30 a.m. (in the Sanctuary), and Online (Livestream at 9:30 a.m. or on YouTube SDUMC YouTube Link later in the day)!
Grace and Peace, John