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February Sermon Series
Sunday, February 24: "The Root of All Evil"

February Sermon Series

Into the Fray

SUNDAYS, 8:15, 9:30, 11 AM
 

Sometimes, it feels like what holds us together is unraveling. Divisive issues, tense and charged rhetoric, complex topics, the constant blurring and news and noise, strained relationships. In many ways, the ties that bind and unite us are frayed. How are we, as the Body of Christ, called to respond? Our faith calls us “into the fray” in ways that honor God and seek reconciliation with others.

This month, we are exploring what it means to be the church in troubled times. Join us for honest and authentic engagement with tough topics as we look to God’s word for signs of hope and promises of restoration.


FEBRUARY 3: “Sticks, Stones, Words” | PDF

"The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.”  (James 3:6)

This week, we begin our series with a focus on the power of words. The scriptures of our faith challenge us to recognize and respect the impact that our words have on others, to speak wisely and to choose our words carefully. As we encounter rhetoric of division and despair, how might the words we speak offer a healing balm in the world?


FEBRUARY 10: “SBNR” | PDF

"Until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.”  (Ephesians 4:13)

This Sunday, we’ll explore the role of the church in a time when many describe themselves as “spiritual, but not religious” (SBNR). The Christian movement has long struggled with temptation to seek a private spirituality that avoids the messiness of human community. But the message of the incarnation (the Word became flesh) calls us to a deeper commitment, more challenging, and, ultimately rewarding, life of faith in the real world. Join us this week for a challenging and nourishing message!


FEBRUARY 17: “Red God, Blue God” | PDF

“Then [Jesus] said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’” (Matthew 22:21) 

This Sunday, we continue our “Into the Fray” sermon series focused on complex questions facing people of faith. In Matthew 22, Jesus is asked whether it is right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar. It is a trick question, and Jesus evades the trap with a provocative response: “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s and give to God the things that are God’s.” 

The proper intersection of Christian faith and political engagement is an area of disagreement and debate. How can we engage in significant conversations in the public square while honoring our Christian faith and those who disagree with us? What belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God?

Join us Sunday for an important and timely message.


FEBRUARY 24: “The Root of All Evil” | PDF

“ in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.”  (1 Timothy 6:10) 

This Sunday, we continue our “Into the Fray” sermon series focused on real world issues facing people of Christian faith. This week’s topic is the proper role of money and wealth in our lives. Jesus spoke often of the difficulty we humans have keeping God in the center of lives that are filled with possessions and minds that yearn for more. Our faith calls us to contentment with enough. Our faith invites us to the joy of generosity, which can transform our lives and open us to God’s presence in new and powerful ways. Join us Sunday for an inspiring message on a timely topic.


How to use playlist below: In the top left corner of the video, you can toggle between sermons. They are listed in chronological order.  


Sunday Bulletins
February 17, 2019
9:30 & 11 AM

 

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February 17, 2019 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

 

February 17, 2019 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

                                              WE COME TOGETHER AS GOD’S PEOPLE

Prelude                              Fughetta and Air (from Suite No. 1)                       Florence Price
                                                    Dr. John Allegar, organ                                 (1887-1953)

+ Welcome                                                                                           Elder Nancy A. Frick

Call to Worship                               Come, Holy Spirit                            Kim André Arnesen
                                               (from Holy Spirit Mass, III)                                         (b. 1980)
                                                      Sanctuary Choir
                               Dr. Michelle Louer, Director of Music and Fine Arts

Come, Holy Spirit. You call, enlighten, sanctify, and keep us all.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
You call, gather, enlighten, and sanctify the whole Church on earth.
You keep it with Jesus Christ.

                                          Text: Martin Luther and the Nicene Creed

One: Here in this place, there are no strangers.

All: All are welcome in God’s house.

One: Here in this worship, there is a place for everyone.

All: Love is the language of faith.

One: Here in our community, there are no divisions.

All: God dwells in each of us.

One: Come, let us worship in unity and love.

Prayer of Adoration

*+Processional Hymn #420           God of Grace and God of Glory           CWM RHONDDA

Call to Confession

Silent Confession

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, your merciful love extends to the ends of the earth and throughout all generations. We confess that we have drawn boundaries around your inclusive grace. Forgive us when we confuse our way with yours; when we substitute our truth for yours; when we deny to some the fullness of life you intend for all. Open our eyes to see your way, our ears to hear your truth, and our hearts to embrace your life-giving ways; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

* Response of Praise                                        Gloria Patri                               (Hymn #579)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. Amen.

*+Passing of the Peace

Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.

People: And also with you.

* Hymn #440                              In Christ There Is No East or West                          MC KEE

Ritual of Friendship and the Concerns of the Church                    Rev. Caroline V. Dennis

                                                   WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD

Time with Children (11:00)

Prayer of Illumination                                                                    Elder John Otteson (9:30)
                                                                                                      Elder Anne Nobles (11:00)

First Lesson                                         1 Peter 3:15b-16                                         (p. 1105)

Anthem                         Creed (from Holy Spirit Mass, III)                         Kim André Arnesen

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins,
one faith, one baptism, and one God and Creator of all.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,
You are the Lord, the giver of Life.
And the life of the world to come.

You are the presence, the presence of the living God. Amen.

                                                  Text: The Nicene Creed and Martin Luther

Second Lesson                                      Matthew 22:15-22                                      (p. 900)

Response

Leader: This is the word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Sermon                                                                                         Rev. Christopher A. Henry

                                                “Into the Fray: Red God, Blue God”
                                                    “Then [Jesus] said to them,
                            ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s,
                                               and to God the things that are God’s.’”

                                                             (Matthew 22:21)

                                                     WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD

Invitation to Discipleship

* Affirmation of Faith (from A Declaration of Faith, 1985)

We believe our hope in God gives us courage for the struggle.
The people of God have often misused God’s promises
as excuses for doing nothing about present evils.
But in 
Christ the new world has already broken in
and the old can no longer be tolerated.
We know our efforts cannot bring in God’s kingdom.
But hope plunges us into the struggle
for victories over evil that are possible now
in the world, the church, and our individual lives.
Hope gives us courage and energy
to contend against all opposition,
however invincible it may seem,
for the new world and the new humanity
that 
are surely coming.
Jesus is Lord!
He has been Lord from the beginning.
He will be Lord at the end.

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Offertory                                        Total Praise                                        Richard Smallwood
                      Mitzi Westra, Erin Benedict, and John Brewer, soloists                        (b. 1948)

Lord, I will lift mine eyes to the hills
Knowing my help is coming from you.
Your peace you give me in time of the storm—
You are the source of my strength,
You are the strength of my life,
I lift my hands in total praise to you. Amen.

* Doxology                                                                                                         (Hymn #592)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

* Prayer of Thanksgiving

                                                 WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

* Closing Hymn #285             God, You Spin the Whirling Planets            AUSTRIAN HYMN

* Charge and Benediction

* Benediction Response                              Alleluia                                Kim André Arnesen
                                                       (from Holy Spirit Mass, VII)

* Postlude                                            Variation IV                                  John Knowles Paine
                                   (from Concert Variations on the Austrian Hymn)                 (1839-1906)

 
 

This week's worship schedule

This week's worship schedule

Upcoming Events

Feb
24
8:15 Worship Service
8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

8:15 Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Time: 8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

8:15 Worship in the Chapel. Traditional worship without choir.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Chapel, Chapel Narthex

Feb
24
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

9:30 a.m. Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

The traditional sanctuary services abound with praise to God through liturgy, music, prayers, Scripture, and the preached word. These services follow a Reformed form of worship, which allows creative use of liturgical elements such as sung response, spoken creeds and confessions.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Sanctuary, Sanctuary Narthex

Feb
24
Service of Wholeness & Communion
10:35 AM — 11:00 AM

Service of Wholeness & Communion

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Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Time: 10:35 AM — 11:00 AM

Held each Sunday in Milner Chapel for those who would like to receive the Lord's Supper and join in a reflective time of prayer. This service is led by one of the pastors, as well as one of our deacons or elders, who together invite those who desire to be anointed and prayed for to come forward.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Chapel

Feb
24
11:00 Worship Service
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

11:00 Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

The traditional sanctuary services abound with praise to God through liturgy, music, prayers, Scripture, and the preached word. These services follow a Reformed form of worship, which allows creative use of liturgical elements such as sung response, spoken creeds and confessions.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Sanctuary, Sanctuary Narthex

Feb
25
Worship Ministry Team Meeting
5:00 PM — 6:15 PM

Worship Ministry Team Meeting

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Date: Monday, February 25, 2019

Time: 5:00 PM — 6:15 PM

Quarterly meeting for members of the Worship Ministry Team to discuss what is happening in each of the ministries and plan future events.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Common Room (231)

Mar
3
8:15 Worship Service
8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

8:15 Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019

Time: 8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

8:15 Worship in the Chapel. Traditional worship without choir.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Chapel, Chapel Narthex


Watch Live Services
Sundays @ 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Watch Services

We have moved from the LiveStream.com platform to ChurchStream.TV platform, which is strictly set up for streaming church services and events (with no ads!). We are hoping to make this transition as smooth as possible and would love to hear your feedback, good or bad.  Send feedback to jcoler@secondchurch.org.

Follow along the live stream with the bulletins. PDFs of sermon texts are stored with the sermons in the media player worship archive.


WORSHIP SERVICES

We stream all three services in the Sanctuary live each Sunday. Shortly after the service has ended, they are available to watch "On Demand."  On Monday, we begin the process of dividing the services up into shareable clips, playlists and DVDs. These playlists and clips are usually available on our youtube channel on Wedensday. If you would like a DVD delivered to your address each week, you may subscribe to this service by editing your subscriptions on your church account.

 

PDFs of the sermons are stored with the video in the archives. Click on Sunday Morning Sermons, select the sermon you want, and then, the PDFs are available for download under the video. 


OTHER EVENTS
We are often broadcasting or recording events that are not worship services. This includes classes, dinners, luncheons, seminars, weddings and funerals.




Watch on your Roku Enabled Smart TV 

Do you have a Roku player or Roku Smart TV? Install our streaming channel to stream live or watch our recent archives. Simply search for "Second Presbyterian Church", install our channel and enjoy!  We have two channels, one for worhship, and another for other events.



Podcast Links
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Podcasts

Second currently has many podcasts for which you may subscribe to in iTunes. This allows you to download the most recent message automatically each week to listen on the go, in your car, while working out, or simply on your PC, Mac, iPhone or iPad.

Podcasts

Video Podcast - Entire Morning Services

Morning Sermons - Sermon Audio Only

Inspirational Messages - Audio Only


Children's Sunday School

Children's Sunday School

 

The Children and Family Ministry of Second Presbyterian Church seeks through worship, study, fellowship and service to support families as they grow in faith.

Bring your children to Second on Sunday!

Register your children here.


Wintermission
Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

Wintermission
Meet us in McFarland Hall.

FALL THROUGH SPRING, 10:30 AM, MCFARLAND HALL

Parents visit; children gather. Join hands in service to God and BE SECOND to the world.

Comfy corner seating at low tables offer child forward mission activities and parent gathering spots during the 10:30-11 a.m. morning fellowship time.

Please join us!


Service of Holy Communion & Wholeness
10:35 a.m., Milner Chapel

Service of Holy Communion & Wholeness


Piecing Together Something Beautiful

SUNDAYS, 10:35 AM, MILNER CHAPEL

The Service of Holy Communion and Wholeness is held every Sunday for those who would like to receive the Lord’s Supper and join in a reflective time of prayer. This service is led by one of the pastors, as well as one of our deacons or elders, who together invite forward those who desire to be anointed and prayed for. This brief service allows any and all who are seeking the comfort of a quiet place to rest in God’s presence. We invite you to come as you prepare for and give thanks for an upcoming life event such as birth as a child, upcoming surgery or seek peace following the death of a loved one.

Please come and be attended to by the spirit, as well as a caring pastor and deacon or elder.