This is the sermon from morning worship on November 24, 2019, Reign of Christ Sunday. The Rev. Mark Diehl preached a sermon called “Christ the King and the Realm of God” based on Luke 23:33-43. On this Sunday, our 3rd grade students received Bibles and we recognized members who have been part of our community for 50 years and more!
“Joy to the World,” a beloved Christmas classic, turns 300 this year, and so our Advent celebrations will be focused on joy! Composer Isaac Watt’s interpretation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a “new song”–and it is a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed. We join together with heaven and nature as they sing praise to our God. Rather than “joy” being yet another word for “happiness,” we will discover that the depths of joy can be found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion–all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs. Advent begins on December 1, and we will have one worship service at 10:30am.
Music at Memorial’s 2019-20 season continues on Sunday, November 17, with “Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert,” a concert featuring music of the Classical Era. Music of that time (ca. 1730 – 1820) is tuneful and elegant. James Biery performs an organ concerto by “Papa” Haydn, and the choir sings some of Mozart’s most beautiful choral pieces as well as Franz Schubert’s Mass in G. Schubert composed this Mass when he was only 18 years old, yet it is astonishing in its beauty. The voices of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church Choir combine with orchestra to fill your soul with healing peace. Soloists include Sheena Law-Killinger and Carol Ambrogio Wood.
The November 17 concert begins at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and are available at the church reception desk or online at eventgroove.com.
This is the worship service from Sunday morning worship on November 10, 2019. Jim Biery, the Minister of Music, led the congregation in a hymn festival. Since there was no self-contained sermon, the entire worship service is available here, including Jim’s reflections and a number of special musical pieces. The Bible passage that lent focus to the service was 1 Samuel 16:14-23.