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Raising the Cup

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Raising the Cup
I was late for work today. Out too late…up too late…partying.
Actually, I was at home. My wife and grandson and I stayed up to watch the Stanley Cup finals. We cheered Hornquist’s game winning goal with ninety five seconds left. Then Hagelin’s empty net goal. We counted down the final seconds. We cheered and high-fived as the Penguins celebrated. We watched Sid and the guys hoist the cup, The Stanley Cup! Jamie and I then topped it off with a grape popsicle, before we went to bed – after midnight.
What joy! What celebration! Raising the cup!
For the next two Sundays we will be joining another victory celebration: the party that the loving father threw when his son returned home. We know it as the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
Actually there were two rebellious sons: one who rebelled and ran away, one who rebelled and stayed. The first Sunday of the mini-series, June 18, we will follow the “runaway” son and his father in a drama. We will agonize with the father as he waits and with the son as he “comes to his senses.” Devin Underwood and Lena Werner will help in the drama; Hunter Briggs will sing. We will also celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism
The following week, June 25, we will follow the son who stayed at home – but was just as far from his father. One will move us. This part of the story may very well convict us. The service on the 25th will close with the Sacrament of Holy Communion – as we join the Savior’s party of bread and wine.
“This is my body, broken for you…
this is the cup of the new covenant,
(my blood) given for you…”
Join us for worship the next two Sundays – sermon through drama on the 18th and sermon and Communion on the 25th. Join us at the Father’s party as we raise THE Cup, The cup of salvation, the cup of our Savior.
See you on Sunday,
John H.
The 6 PM Modern Service on June 25th will be hosting the Commissioning of the eight Malawi Travelers being sent from the Pittsburgh Presbytery. The service will be held in the Sanctuary. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be served (by intinction).

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