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Our next test of our live-streaming equipment will be on Wednesday, September 2nd at 10:30am.   On Wednesday, watch and sing along at:  https://youtu.be/Dh1FEjLBii0

Please consider sending in short news items as Aaron suggested for a "News from the Flock" column in our paper newsletter.  His email is: aaron@ukulele.church

Find our September Worship Schedule at the bottom of this email.
Devotion for Monday, August 31st

by Sharon D. Moore, Music Director of WPPC
“Patience”              Sharon D. Moore
 
Webster’s dictionary defines patience as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”  Wow, does that describe today’s life?  And who among us hasn’t been upset or frustrated these past months?  Our “normal” daily activities have been put on hold, reduced, or gone away completely.
 
When I think of patience in my life I see my husband and I teaching our kids how to speak English, ride bikes, and deal with homework.  Responding to a toddler asking “Why” about a thousand times a day can be challenging!  Patience is being with your loved one who struggles with Alzheimer’s and repeats the same question over and over, forgets  how walk, and doesn’t recognize family.
 

Playing a board or card game requires planning and patience.  Grandmaster chess player Alex Colovic says “When things are developing in a non-favorable way, .. . you cannot force it.  Do not do anything abrupt.  Keep on playing your usual game and …  keep yourself composed.  If you manage to keep the quality of your moves on a high level, if you do not lose your patience, you will be rewarded.”
 
Patience is dealing with an unknown like the Covid virus.  You can’t see it, some of us will be exposed but may not really feel it, and others will suffer tremendously.
 
I find gardening to be the epitome of patience.  First you clear an area (or a pot!), then you plant seeds, fertilize, and weed.  There’s a lot of watering involved and more weeding, and finally sprouts!  Eventually, after what seems like forever, flowers and vegetables.  I have enjoyed tending our Community Garden this summer, and get joy out of seeing lots of bees and butterflies!
 
As we continue living our days in this new “normal” let’s remember Alex Colovic’s advise.  “Keep on playing your usual game, … and do not lose patience.”
 
Ecclesiastes 7:8
“The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than pride.”

Colossians 3:12
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

1 Corinthians 13:4
“Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; it is not arrogant.”

Sharon
Friends, below are two videos from April featuring music played by Sharon set to photos and videos of our beautiful area that she took.
"The Strife Is O'er"
Music: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestra, 1591; adapt. William Henry Mink, 1861 performed by Sharon Moore, Organ at Winter Park Presbyterian Church photos by Sharon Moore
"Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain"
Tune ST. KEVIN - Arthur S. Sullivan, 1872 Performed by Sharon Moore on the organ of Winter Park Presbyterian Church Video and Photo Credits: Sharon Moore
Worship at WPPC in September 

Sunday, September 13th at 7pm - Outdoor "Parking Lot" Worship Service with Communion.   We will have individually packaged Communion bread/juice cups.

Wednesday, September 23rd at 7pm -  Online Communion Worship Service on Zoom.

Wednesday, September 30th at 7pm -  Outdoor "Parking Lot" Worship Service.

Friends, as always, please wear a mask, bring your own chair - if possible, and exercise caution when deciding whether an in person service makes sense for you and the members of your household.

Sunday Morning Worship:   E-Mails to Live-Stream

Friends, this Sunday we will send out a liturgy for at-home worship by e-mail.  Soon, however, we will begin sending out a link to watch our worship service live on Sunday morning (or watch the recording any time after the service has concluded).

The timing of that transition depends on how well the two tests described below work.   We want our first "live" Sunday to be easily accessible and a good experience for those leading worship, the computer / sound board operator, and everyone at home.

If you are able to watch the services below either live (as they occur) or after the fact, I would appreciate your feedback.  It would be a great help to hear what went well - and what didn't!

Live Stream "Test" Services

Wednesday, September 2nd at 10:30am:   Hymn Sing 
YouTube Link:  https://youtu.be/Dh1FEjLBii0
PDF of Hymns (Available in tomorrow's e-mail)
What we are testing:  Our last musical test had quite a bit of distortion on voices and the organ.  We think we have the problems figured out.  The big change from normal, in person church to a live-stream is that in order for sound to be heard, it has to go into a microphone.  Before we begin worshiping together on Sunday mornings, we want to get our music right!


Wednesday, September 9th at 11:00am:  Preaching Practice
YouTube Link:   Will Come Later
What we are testing:   I have never preached to a camera in the balcony before.  I am not sure how different and difficult that will feel.  So, for this service, I am going to give an old sermon as well as lead prayers.  We may also try to insert a pre-recorded video into the live stream.  Is the sermon - one that was originally written to be delivered in person - still effective?   Too long?  

Depending on how the two tests above go, we may announce others.  Thank you for your patience and your prayers!

In Christ,

Emile
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Copyright ©  2020, Winter Park Presbyterian Church

Our mailing address is:
4501 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC

Contact Us by Email:

Emile: emile@winterparkpres.org
Rachel:  rachel@winterparkpres.org
Aaron: aaron@winterparkpres.org
Sharon:  sharon@winterparkpres.org
Dorothy: dorothy@winterparkpres.org
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