November 18 is a special day in the life of GPMC. We will be recognizing children who completed the 3rd Grade Bible class and presenting them with their own Bibles. We will also be celebrating members of our congregation who have been on the journey of faith at GPMC for over 50 years. We even have some 70 year members!
Join us for these celebrations. The 3rd Grade Bible presentation is at the 9 am service and we will be celebrating 50 year members at both morning services.
Holiday Lunch and Fun! Parish Life Council invites everyone to join us for our annual Holiday Lunch and Fun on Sunday, November 25th, immediately following the one service of worship at 10:30a.m.
Formerly known as Sandwiches at Memorial, this year we are happy to bring you even more than our usual luncheon offering. Christian Education Council will be providing seasonal activities for kids and adults immediately following lunch, and the Worship Council invites you to help with the “hanging of the greens” in preparation for Advent.
All of this fellowship and activity will be free of charge. Please sign up at the Reception Desk or by calling (313) 882 5330.
Join us for a special 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon of music as the GPMC choir, under the direction of James Biery, is joined by local musicians for a presentation of a requiem in memory of victims of gun violence in the United States. You can order tickets by calling the church office or online at https://www.eventgroove.com/event/Durufl-And-Bernstein-29659.
This is the sermon from Sunday morning worship on November 4, 2018. The text was Mark 12: 28-34 (included below). It was a full Sunday at GPMC: new members, children as liturgists, communion, special choral music and All Saints’ Sunday. This made for a short sermon. It was also approximately a week after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, where 11 men and women were killed by an anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant shooter. At the 5:00 p.m. service, Peter also spoke of the book “Rising Out of Hatred,”by Eli Saslow. It is the story of a young white nationalist who was loved into renouncing his ways by two Jewish men and an immigrant who wouldn’t give up on the white nationalist or the idea that love can overcome hate.
Mark 12: 28-34
One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ Then the scribe said to him, ‘You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that “he is one, and besides him there is no other”; and “to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength”, and “to love one’s neighbour as oneself”,—this is much more important than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.’ When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ After that no one dared to ask him any question.
This is the sermon from Sunday morning worship on October 21, 2018. The text was Mark 10: 35-45 and the secondary text was I Thessalonians 5:18. Part of the focus of worship and fellowship that day was the 2019 stewardship campaign, “The Great Thanksgiving.”
This is the sermon from Sunday morning worship on October 28, 2018. The text was Job 42: 10-17. This sermon was delivered the day after the shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh. Just before the sermon, the congregation did a unison reading of Psalm 85, one of the communal psalms of lament from the Old Testament.
This is the sermon from Sunday morning worship on August 26, 2018. The preaching text that day was Ephesians 6: 10-20, often called the “Whole Armor of God” passage. The title of the sermon relates to a popular online video game, Fortnite. Learn more about Fortnite here: if you know children between ages 11 and 18, you know someone who plays this game!