Our Thursday night service on March 19th began our first Live-Streamed services without anyone in the congregation. We like so very many others have gone to this arrangement in answer to the 'social-distancing' required concerning the 'Covid-19' outbreak. These make for some awkward and demanding times for us ministers as well as you as congregants.
Together we will get through these times... as they say, 'this too shall pass'...
The video below is of the entire service; the sermon reading begins at the 9:00 minute mark in the recording.
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Ephesians 5:1-14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
5 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Renounce Pagan Ways
3 But fornication and impurity of any kind, or greed, must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Entirely out of place is obscene, silly, and vulgar talk; but instead, let there be thanksgiving. 5 Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be associated with them. 8 For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— 9 for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10 Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; 13 but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14 for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”