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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

We will have a "parking lot" service with the Lord's Supper this Sunday at 7pm (weather permitting).   Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item as an offering to the service.  We will be sharing collected items with Mother Hubbard's Cupboard.

Find the rest of our September Worship Schedule at the bottom of this email.
 
Devotion for Friday, September 11th

We will not fear, though the earth be moved.
"O How I Love Jesus"
A duet for piano played by Susan Crenshaw and Ruth Syre.  This piece will be part of the liturgy on Sunday, but it is a beautiful piece of music that seems fitting this morning.
Psalm 46  (NRSV)

1 God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
   though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
   though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
          Selah


4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
   God will help it when the morning dawns.
6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
   he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.
          Selah


8 Come, behold the works of the Lord;
   see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
   he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire.
10 ‘Be still, and know that I am God!
   I am exalted among the nations,
   I am exalted in the earth.’
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.
          Selah

Dear Friends,

This morning marks 19 years since September 11th, 2001.  It is difficult to believe that nearly two decades have past since that devastating morning.  The scenes and the pain of that day remain seared into our memories.  

And even in that time, my prayer continues to be in the words of the Psalmist and holding on to God - "We will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea... 'Be still and know that I am God!  I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.'  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."

We all - as a country - remain in awe of the firefighters, police, and other public servants who ran towards danger that morning.  Called to respond to the human consequences of an evil attack on innocents, they entered buildings because it was their duty to save.  It was their duty to save those who were personally unknown to them but who were nevertheless people whose lives were in the greatest of danger.  To quote Fleet Admiral Nimitz (as he had spoken about the Marines on Iwo Jima in 1945), on that morning in New York and Washington, "Uncommon valor was a common virtue."

And on that morning in New York and Washington, that uncommon valor turned out in the actions of more than 400 firefighters, police and other emergency workers who lost their lives that day in the service of seeking to save the lives of others.  They lived out and died because of the "no greater love" spoken by Jesus in John 15:13.   That uncommon valor was shown in the actions of countless others who gave aid and comfort to those who were in distress.

Friends, this morning, we should all take a moment to remember and give thanks in prayer for the self sacrificial love and courageous devotion to duty demonstrated that day by firefighters, police, and others that day.  We must remember.

Friends, I also write this morning with my eyes towards our west coast.  My good friend, Clark, and his wife, Carmen, are both pastors in western Oregon.  They have two young daughters, and they are this morning evacuating to a second location after the first location they fled to itself became untenable due to the fires.  Carmen wrote last night:

"About half our county is on fire and the conditions have disallowed any real fire lines to be established and smoke is preventing any air-assistance. The fires are burning very near significant urban areas. The two biggest fires in our county are at 0% containment. So many courageous firefighters, first responders, and sacrificial citizens are helping save lives and livestock, but this is being described as unprecedented, aka terrifying. Smoke is thick where we are now. 500,000 people (in a state with only 4 million people) have evacuated their homes (our family included), which means that 1/8 of our state is fleeing their residences. Tomorrow we’ll go further north to see if we can escape the smoke/fires (for our second evacuation destination). Thinking of all those firefighters sleeping in the woods tonight after 16 hour shifts. This is really no joke, friends. Oregon is in trouble."

On this day, I would encourage you also to hold in prayer those firefighters on our west coast who are struggling to fight unprecedented fires.  They, too, are moving towards danger.  They, too, are seeking to save others - even as they may or may not know what is happening with their own families and home.

Hold them in prayer this morning.

"'Be still and know that I am God!  I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.'  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."

Grace and Peace,

Emile
Friends, I would also share with you a hymn that reflects - in part - the Psalm above.  It was created for the Opening (Convocation) Worship Service this fall at Union Presbyterian Seminary.  Alumni were asked to participate, and I was able to do so.

The hymn is found on Facebook.  I believe the link will work for you whether or not you have a Facebook account.  I apologize if it does not.

If you do not have a Facebook account, you may have to click "not now" when you are asked to created an account - and then unmute the volume in the video player.  
"A Mighty Fortress is Our God"
Alumni of Union Presbyterian Seminary
(Facebook Video)
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.
Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item as an offering to this service.

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

Wednesday, September 30th at 7pm -  Outdoor "Parking Lot" Worship Service.
Please consider bringing diapers for a collection for the North Carolina Diaper Bank to this 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 getting all the pieces into place.   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.

We also need volunteers to be those operators.  Watch the video below for more information.
Operating our A/V System
If you might be interested in being one of our volunteers, please let us know!
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Copyright ©  2020, Winter Park Presbyterian Church

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

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Emile: emile@winterparkpres.org
Rachel:  rachel@winterparkpres.org
Aaron: aaron@winterparkpres.org
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