Off the Path

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As always we encourage our community to share their thoughts, feelings and reflections from our Sunday gatherings. After last nights service our good friend Elizabeth Shuba wrote down some thoughts and we thought we'd share them with you today...

 "If I had define myself in a few words, I would say that I am a Pollyanna who isn't afraid to roll up her sleeves and get dirty. I believe that too often we allow our happiness to be shadowed by our own fear. Nothing sweeps fear out of the corners like shining the light right on it. It is only from this place that you can begin to search for truth. Maybe that search doesn't interest you. I won't judge you if that is the case, because this is hard work. Once you shine the light you have to make a choice. That choice leads to a million other choices and before you know it, you may find yourself well off script. Off the path you had supposed for yourself and that can be bone rattlingly scary. It can also make you feel alive in the truest sense of the word.

Tonight, I sat in a pew surrounded by my loving church community and I vibrated with life. I claim no responsibility for the service by I can't help claim ownership of The Other Church. In a time of fear and hatred these people, my people, meet the world with a plan. Together we will journey back through the ages of the church and again together will work through what parts of our faith history remain meaningful to us. We will measure what historical mechanisms can still serve us well and how others can be tweaked to serve our mission better.

You don't have to be a Pollyanna to join us. Curiosity, openness, and a willingness to roll up your sleeves are all that are required to walk along side us on this journey."

Online Conversation

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As many of you know we are in the midst of our spring series "That's What (S)he Said". During this series we are exploring questions that were put forth by the community. In an effort to continue the conversation throughout the week we will be posting some questions from the previous Sunday's services for an online conversation. Please visit our Facebook page to join in the discussion.

This weeks questions are...

 

1. What are the most important things in your life?

2. How do you find your purpose?

3. What is your deal breaker?

4. Can a person be truly selfless? 

 

We at The Other Church Lancaster believe there is great value to be found in respectful conversation even when that conversation contains becomes difficult because of different views. All we ask is that you show love and respect in any online discourse and realize that even in the midst of disagreement, things can be learned. 

 

Chat with you soon! 

Our New Series

Our new series "That's What (S)he Said" kicks off this Sunday!

For the next few weeks we are going to be tackling questions and topics that you, the community, bring to the table. This week we will discuss the importance of a healthy dialogue about matters of life and faith, and how -most of all- asking the question is often much more meaningful than getting the right answer. 

Author Richard Rohr says it best:

"Answers give us more of a feeling of success and closure...Easy answers instead of hard questions allow us to try to change others instead of allowing God to change us."

Join us as we discuss and discover more about each others and ourselves. 

Worship Time is Sunday, 5:30pm in the Santee Chapel @ Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Order of Worship 2.21.16

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Worship Gathering Outline

Date: 2.21.16

Theme: Boundaries and Foundations

 

Welcome

Call to Worship

 

Prayer of Confession (open)

  •  God of compassion, have mercy upon us. Bring healing to our relationship with all your creation.
  • We confess our lack of gratitude for the beauty and bounty of your creation: teach us to see that your earth sustains us and all that lives.
  • We’ve often taken for granted its beauty and abundance, and treated all its inhabitants unjustly,
  • holding future generations hostage to our greed.

 

Song 1- Psalm 104

Rock/water reading exercise

 

Prayer of Confession (close)

  • Renew in us the resolve to tend and keep your earth as you desire and intend,
  • So that we may care for one another and for all your creatures,
  • according to your will and in the fullness of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Song 2- Trees

 

Message

Congregational prayer

 

Song 3- Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

 

Closing

Benediction

Music

 

 

Lyrics:

 

PSALM 104 (verses 5-9)

You built foundations

for the earth,

    and it

    will never be shaken.

You covered the earth

with the ocean

    that rose

    above the mountains.

Then your voice thundered!

And the water flowed

      down the mountains

    and through the valleys

    to the place you prepared.

Now you have set boundaries,

    so that the water will never

    flood the earth again.

 

 

TREES by Twenty One Pilots

I know

Where you stand

Silent

In the trees

And that's

Where I am

Silent

In the trees

 

Why won't you speak?

Where I happen to be

Silent

In the trees

Standing cowardly

 

I can feel your breath

I can feel my death

I want to know you

I want to see

I want to say

Hello

Hello

Hello-o-o

Hello

 

 

I know

Where you stand

Silent

In the trees

And that's

Where I am

Silent

In the trees

 

Why won't you speak?

Where I happen to be

Silent

In the trees

Standing cowardly

 

 

I can feel your breath

I can feel my death

I want to know you

I want to see

I want to say

Hello

Hello

Hello-o-o

Hello

 

 

 

Praise to the Lord, The Almighty

 

Praise to the Lord,

The Almighty, the king of creation!

O my soul, praise Him,

For He is thy health and salvation!

All ye who hear,

Now to His temple draw near;

Praise Him in glad adoration.

 

 

Praise to the Lord,

Who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,

Shelters thee under His wings,

Yea, so gently sustaineth!

Hast thou not seen

How thy desires ever have been

Granted in what He ordaineth?

 

Praise to the Lord,

O let all that is in me adore Him!

All that hath life and breath,

Come now with praises before Him.

Let the Amen sound from His people again,

Gladly for aye we adore Him.