Decisions Made For Us
by Reverend Wayne Arnason with
Kathy Strawser, LFD

January 27, 2013

When a national decision is made, how far and wide do the ripples go? The story Pink and Say, a Civil War story by Patricia Polacco, frames our service’s theme and tells the story of two teens; Pink, a soldier from a family of slaves, and Say, a white soldier, and how the nation’s decision to fight a civil war, impacted their own decisions, friendship and their very lives. We’ll reflect on decisions, often out of our own control, that do change us, in remarkable ways. Junior Choir will present “There’s a River Flowin’ in My Soul,” a song written by Rose Saunders, Alabama’s first female African American judge.

With Worship Associate Dave Willet

Inter-generational Service

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Once To Every Soul and Nation
by Reverend Wayne Arnason

January 20, 2013

The sermon title is from James Russell Lowell’s hymn, and the verse in the hymn that opens with these words concludes with “...comes the moment to decide.” The hymn makes it sound like there is a turning moment when a decision to stand with the good or evil side is made. Historians disagree about whether history does turn on such moments. In a year where we will honor the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we will look at the decision to stage this march as a turning moment in the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and in the life of the nation.

with Worship Associate Tom Selby

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Under the Influence
by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz

January 13, 2013

At some point in our lives we will be faced with an important decision to make; one that will change the course of our lives forever. Whether it's as public a decision as Martin Luther King, Jr. or as seemingly private as Bill Wilson (co-founder of AA), the decisions we make can and do influence others around us. This service is in recognition of the work of the Addictions Ministry Team at West Shore, who maintain a presence of understanding and outreach to all those affected by addiction.

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Crossroads
by Reverend Wayne Arnason

January 6, 2013

The first service of the new year is a time to look back and look ahead. At any crossroads, however, we don't just look ahead and look back. We look right and left as well. We have four choices about which way to go when two roads intersect. This service will explore the ways we make the decisions that define us. The Free Spirit Band will join us to perform the classic Delta Blues song "Crossroads" and the Hunter/Garcia tune "New Speedway Boogie."

With Worship Associate Dave Clements

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