Sunday's Sermon

"Writing A Better Story"

Rev. Rick Kirchoff


Mark 14:1-9

The Plot to Kill Jesus

1 It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; 2 for they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.”

The Anointing at Bethany

3 While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. 4 But some were there who said to one another in anger, “Why was the ointment wasted in this way? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”

Adult Sunday School Classes

Please check out the list of lessons and teachers below for October 18 and join us!

Called – Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice (Lauren Boswell)

Agape meets at 10:00 am in Room 233, Chapel Building.


Wonder Struck: Awaken to the Nearness of God (Shirley Gee)

Alpha meets at 10:30 am via Zoom. Contact Bill Nation ( for invite.


You Are Not Alone by Max Lucado (Mike Goforth)

Apostles meets at 10:00 via Zoom. Contact Mike Goforth ( for invite.


The Gospel of Mark (Bill McLaughlin)

Asbury meets at 11:00 am via Zoom. Contact Bill McLaughlin ( for invite.


A Hundred Different Stories – and the Courage to Face Our Own (Jim Pruett)

Celebration meets at 10:15 am via Zoom. Contact Bryan Barger ( for invite.


John – The Gospel of Light and Life

Emmanuel meets at 10:00 am in the Adult Education Building, Room 4


Secular Songs with Religious Themes (Mark Schielke)

Emmaus Class meets at 10:00 am at the Trinity Center, McVay Park


Lou Holtz’s 2015 Undergraduate Commencement Address (Mack Browder)

Fellowship Forum meets at 10:00 am in Room 339


The Letter of Paul to the Galatians (Jim Borden)

Fiser Covenant meets at 10:00 am in the Adult Education Building, Room 1


Love Does by Bob Goff

Foundations meets at 10:00 am in OLEC Oasis


Who Is This God? (Doug Carpenter)

Gilbert meets at 10:00 am in Room 232


We Did Some Things Right! (Judy Pearson)

Horizon meets at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall


Christianity and World Religions (Barbara Schanson)

Lamplighters meets at 10:00 am in the OLEC Dance Room


Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times

Pathfinders meets at 10:30 am via Zoom. Contact Dawn Carpenter ( for invite


Seeking Ordination: Deacon’s Orders (Todd Wilson)

Seekers meets at 10:00 am in the OLEC Gym


Devotional and Conversation (Jay McKinney)

Trinity meets at 9:45 am in the Pavilion at McVay Park


SOS – Why Does My Watch Keep Telling Me to Breathe? (Richard Stewart)

Wesley 2.0 meets at 10:00 am in the Chapel


The Gospel of Luke (Carla McCrary)

Women’s Bible Class meets at 10:00 am in the Bride’s Room

Worship Music

Hymn Stories for 9 a.m. Traditional Worship Sunday, October 18, 2020

#66 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven LAUDA ANIMA


Punctuation helps the story be told.

Let’s eat Grandma! Let’s eat, Grandma!

Twenty - five dollar bills.

Twenty five – dollar bills.

I would like to thank my parents, Tiffany and God.

I would like to thank my parents, Tiffany, and God.

You get the idea!


I never thought much about the punctuation that appears in the title of today’s hymn. Separating My Soul from the rest of the text helps us understand who gives and who receives our praise. I heard it read aloud once and finally got it.


The second stanza resonates with me today.


Praise the Lord for grace and favor to all people in destress; praise God, still the same as ever, slow to chide, and swift to bless. Alleluia!


This hymn and tune often get grand musical treatment, rightly so. I’m glad to have found a solo piano recording of this hymn. It beautifully matches the feeling of a God that is slow to chide and swift to bless. May we be more like the God we are made to praise. More consistent, merciful, sparing, gentle and willing to help those in distress.




Songs for 11 a.m. Ancient-Modern Worship Sunday, October 18, 2020


I Am


Praise to the Lord (Joyful, Joyful)


Raise a Hallelujah



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