Sunday, March 17, 2019
Guest Preacher/Speaker — Jill Duffield, Editor of The Presbyterian Outlook
Commonplace Holiness: God at Work Wherever You Are
A burning bush or thunderous voice from heaven would be nice, wouldn’t it? An unmistakable sign of God’s directions and will would go a long way in increasing our faithfulness. At least that’s what we often tell ourselves. But what if God is speaking, through the ordinary things of life, around our dinner tables, in our classrooms, conference rooms, streets and sanctuaries? Perhaps the challenge is not God’s illusive presence, but our lack of expectation that God is here and at work within us, despite us, and through us.
8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. worship
Class One: Looking Out for the Holy,
9:45 a.m. in Witherspoon
We will look at Bible verses where people are told to keep watch and be awake. We will examine what it means to anticipate God’s presence and transformation. How will we recognize the holy in our midst? How will we respond when we see it?
Class Two: Faithfulness in Our Sphere
5:00 p.m. in Witherspoon
What does it mean to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ in our daily lives? How do we follow Jesus’ commands right where we are on any give day and in every circumstance? We will explore what it means to be faithful in our spheres of influence, no matter how big or small they are.
Scripture for worship: Psalm 22, Mark 15:33–47
Sermon title: A Centurion, Many Women, and a Rich Man
Jill Duffield serves as the editor and publisher of The Presbyterian Outlook, an independent publication on the PC (USA). She earned a BA in history from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduating magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated with her Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary and was ordained as a teaching elder in 1998. Jill earned her Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She was the 2015 recipient of the Associated Church Press James Solheim Award for Editorial Courage. Jill is a contributor to the forthcoming Connections preaching commentary series published by Westminster John Knox Press. She is currently serving on the Austin Presbyterian Seminary Board. Jill is married to Grant and they have three children, Joseph, Jessie and Marissa.