This Sunday, February 3, Calvary kicks off our 2019 mission effort to help ensure people in our community have access to food by participating in the the annual Souper Bowl of Caring. Following the service, our youthful volunteers will take up a collection to help restock the food pantry shelves at Indiana County Community Assistance Program (ICCAP).
We also will begin collecting all varieties of pastas and sauce now through February 24 toward our annual promise of one ton of food through our monthly collections for ICCAP.
During worship, we will join together in a traditional service with fine musical contributions, a children’s talk, prayer and the Sacrament of Holy Communion as we continue our exploration of Paul’s letter from prison to the Philippians and the lessons it teaches us about faith. This Sunday, February 3, Calvary kicks off our 2019 mission effort to help ensure people in our community have access to food by participating in the the annual Souper Bowl of Caring.
This week’s service will include readings from Philippians 2:5-18; 4:2-3 and the sermon A Letter from Prison: Same Mind.
The mind of Christ is to have humility. Here’s the tricky thing about humility. We tend to think of humility as a personal characteristic, a personal discipline. Yet, humility is rooted less in how we see ourselves and more in how we see our neighbor.
Rev. David J. Hanna will be preaching.
Following the service we welcome all to join us in the Chalice Room next to the Sanctuary for refreshments and fellowship.
More details about this Sunday’s service follows:
About the Sermon Series: A Letter from Prison
Philippi was a small city in the first century CE, a stop on one of the main East-West roads in the Roman Empire. The city flourished initially because of gold mines but by the first century was largely an agricultural center. Since Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians from prison, it’s not too surprising to find the overall theme to be the persistence of faith.
A pastor friend, Dr. Norman Pritchard, wrote a small book about the Letter to the Philippians entitled, The Persistence of Faith. In it, Norman writes, “It is clear that the people to whom Paul is writing were particularly close to the apostle and this gives the letter a very special place in the New Testament correspondence.” It is a personal letter from prison between a pastor and a people of faith. By studying this Pauline letter, we will discover some important faith lessons.
About the Sacrament of Holy Communion
All who come to the table of our Lord Jesus Christ are offered the bread and cup, regardless of their age or understanding. The opportunity to eat and drink with Christ is not a right bestowed upon the worthy, but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance, and love. We eat the bread as we receive it, but hold the cup until we are all served, so we might drink it together.
About the Souper Bowl of Caring
Youth volunteers will have soup pots at the sanctuary exits following the service today. The entire collection will benefit Indiana County Community Assistance Program (ICCAP) to restock food pantry shelves. Donations may also be made through the offering on February 10 and 17. Please designate Souper Bowl on the memo line of your check.