Sunday, September 24!

God calls unlikely people to do brave and bold acts of justice. Today we hear about the call to Moses in the burning bush and of Moses attempts to bargain with God. The Rev. Jeff Japinga will preach.

The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Japinga is the executive presbyter for the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, elected to this position in May, 2017, for a five-year term, after serving two years as transitional executive presbyter. He previously was a member of the faculty and dean of the doctor of ministry program at McCormick Theological Seminary, a PCUSA seminary in Chicago, and before that served for two decades as a member of the national staff of the Reformed Church in America. Away from the work of the Presbytery, you might find him in a kayak, or on a bike, or out on the deck with a good book.

Special Justice Choir music from the Justice Choir Songbook, led by composer and songbook Executive Director Abbie Betinis.


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Justice Choir!

About nine months ago, local composer and friend of Central’s, Abbie Betinis, began a project to collect songs—some familiar and many new—that spoke about our times. She had been attending rallies and marches and noticed the lack of singing; she wanted to change that, believing that music has an incredible power to transform and to unite. She began asking colleagues, friends, and composers around the country to contribute, and the Justice Choir Songbook has emerged. It is 43 songs that speak about peace, justice, and unity that we pray for and work towards here at Central.

The songs are catchy, easy to learn, and meaningful to sing. You don’t need to be a “choir member” to sing them; in fact, that’s the point: all of us need to raise our voices – on key, off key, good singer, new singer – to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. Please consider joining us for this special opportunity to work with Abbie herself.  All ages (elementary aged kids and up are very welcome!) and all abilities are encouraged to join us! Bring a neighbor, invite a friend. Everyone who participates will receive a special “Love is Love” t-shirt (adult and kid sizes). Here are the details; ask if you have questions!

When: Rehearsal is Wednesday, September 20 at 7:15  (This is a chance to learn the music, but it’s all very easy, so don’t be intimidated by the idea of a rehearsal. The Central Choir will be there too to help and guide!)

Sing in worship on Sunday, Sept. 24 – Gather at 9:45 and sing at the 10:30 service.

Who: EVERYONE! All ages, all abilities!

Where: Gather in the sanctuary both for the rehearsal and the worship service. Free parking for both days in the MPR lot, or the World Trade Center Ramp (ask for a chaser from Jennifer).

Bring: Nothing! You will be receiving a “Love is Love” shirt to wear for the Sunday service.


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