Have you ever been to a carnival fun house and looked in those funny mirrors that make you look really thin and tall? Or really short and wide? I remember going to Silver Dollar City and walking into a house where everything is upside down. You are walking on the ceiling and the furniture is overhead. It is kind of disorienting. My mind kept wanting to turn things over and make them right.

I have similar feelings sometimes when I watch the news on the PBS News Hour. I watch news stories about things going on in our nation or world and think, “That is just not right. It is upside down from what it should be.” I ask myself, “How can we turn things around?”

During this Lenten Season, we are focusing on the Upside Down Kingdom. When we fully encounter Jesus, he turns our world upside down in important ways. As we keep following, we realize that what has happened is that Jesus is showing us how to live our lives right side up in a world that is often upside down. Jesus brings us back to a true center. And Jesus empowers us to change our world.

We will talk about that again this weekend in worship as we focus on Luke 4:14-21.

On Saturday afternoon at 5:00pm and Sunday morning at 9:30am, we will also be treated to the choir’s presentation of Requiem Janna and the choir have carefully selected this music to help us as we journey into Lent.

I look forward to worshipping with you this weekend.


Pastor Kent



Your Chancel Choir will present John Rutter’s Requiem in worship this weekend. Rutter created a rather unique and surprising “lynchpin of the whole work” (his words) in movement V. “Agnus Dei.” When we think of climax in a musical work, we often think of something loud and majestic. Rather, Rutter pins the entire Requiem on the most quiet passage, using this text:

“I am the resurrection and the life, saithe the Lord; He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die, shall never die.”

During the season of Lent, perhaps it would do us well to focus on the life-changing resurrection Christ affords us each and every day

Featuring Jennifer Walker, soprano soloist, and your Chancel Choir.

This Week in Worship – March 16 & 17, 2019