Author Archives: peter tewinkle

PRISM: R Is For Refuge (worship video) – 2/28/21

Two Reminders for SCRC Members & Friends

CHILDREN IN WORSHIP BEGINS!

The first reminder is that we have begun our Children in Worship program again. It’s an opportunity for kids, 3yr-2nd grade, to hear the Bible stories in their own language and use their imagination. We are following social distance guidelines, washing hands, and doing our best to keep the kids safe. Older children are welcome to participate as helpers.

2021 GIVING APPEAL

We know that times have been tough for a lot of individuals and organizations. Like congregations and non-profits around the world, SCRC saw a dip in donations in 2020. So, we want to make a special request to ask you to consider a regular donation to the church if you are able. You can read the request letter here and download a pledge card to print here (please bring it with you to worship and place it in the offering plate).

To the members and supporters of St. Croix Reformed Church,

          Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

          COVID-19 has impacted the lives of everyone in the world both in terms of daily living and in issues related to health. Closer to home our schools have been closed, daycare is challenging, businesses are struggling, and our social interactions are structured in ways we never before imagined.

Houses of Faith including churches, temples, and synagogues are not exempt from being challenged.  On-line services have become the norm and faith leaders are finding they must find creative ways to reach and serve their congregations. In addition, our church is finding that financial support is waning.  In 2020, we experienced a $20,000 shortfall 

Giving Appeal: We are hearing that this decline of 30% is not new to churches on island.  However, it is not sustainable.  With that,  the Consistory of St. Croix Reformed Church is appealing to our congregation to be certain to give at least what you had given in years past, and if we might ask, to possibly add 15 to 20 percent to that amount in the year 2021.  That increase would cover the $20,000 shortfall we experienced in 2020, and for that we would be very grateful!

Pledging: We are also asking that you consider pledging.  Meaning that you identify the amount you plan to give in the year 2021, and in whatever increments you chose, ensure that the church receives that amount.  By pledging we, the Consistory, can better plan our goals for the year, and attach the appropriate financial support.  A pledge would also be very much appreciated.  Simply let Pastor Peter know your intent.

          Each year since Pastor Peter has been with us, he’s reminded us that followers of Jesus commit to giving for three reasons: for God, for others, for ourselves. We give as a sign of our trust in God’s promise to “give us this day our daily bread.” We give for the sake of others because, as the prophet Isaiah said, “if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.” Finally, and most often neglected, we give for ourselves in order to preserve a place where we can gather in the presence of the Lord who will restore to us the joy of salvation and sustain in us a willing spirit.

          We are extremely blessed to have a very nice facility and sanctuary located on a beautiful piece of property.  That, along with pastoral leadership which has proven to be compassionate and of high quality in providing an understanding of Christianity, we know we have the resources to continue our lives in Christian faith. We thank you in advance for your assistance and may be contacting you to answer any questions or concerns.

In Christian Love and Peace,

                                                              Pastor Peter – petertewinkle@gmail.com

                                                              Dan Huston – dhhuston@yahoo.com

                                                              Annette  Updyke – annetteupdyke@gmail.com

                                                              Willette Lewis willettelewis@gmail.com

                                                              Monica Rhule – monruhle@gmail.com

                                                              Don Bailey – donstx@yahoo.com

                                                              Brad Ebersole – bradleyebersole@gmail.com

Words for Worship – 2/28/21

We gather for the 2nd Sunday of Lent this week and the theme for worship is “Refuge.” It’s the “R” in PRISM. The series is an introduction to the start of service groups that will allow the light of Christ to shine through us. All of the words that we’ll be using for worship are below, but you can download and print a copy here.

Prelude                              What a Friend We Have In Jesus

Call to Worship – Psalm 91

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
   who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress;
   my God, in whom I trust.’
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
   and from the deadly pestilence;
he will cover you with his pinions,
   and under his wings you will find refuge;
   his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night,
   or the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
   or the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
   ten thousand at your right hand,
   but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
   and see the punishment of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
   the Most High your dwelling-place,
no evil shall befall you,
   no scourge come near your tent.

Song – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty #575

Prayer of Confession

Most High and holy God, here we have gathered in your presence, wanting to believe in your promise to protect us. But, we come here with regrets over our own actions. We come here with pain that we bear from the struggles of life. We come here with worries about the future and how it will play out. So, we confess that it’s hard to trust your promise in this life. But, we come here because we long for you to be our refuge and our fortress, our God in whom we can trust. Cover us with your Holy Spirit, the whole armor of God so that we can resist evil and stand firm in our faith.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Song – Forever #578

Words of Assurance

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world…I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!

Let your light shine before others that they might see your good works and give glory to our Father in heaven.

Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 

But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Anthem – My Prayer For You

Scripture – Luke 13:1-9, 31-35

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, ‘Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.’

Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?” He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” ’

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.’ He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me, “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed away from Jerusalem.” Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” ’

Sermon – “PRISM: R Is For Refuge”

Song – Gather Us In #529

Prayers w/ Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

Offertory – What a Friend We Have In Jesus

Benediction

Sending Song – I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me  #854

PRISM: P is for Participation (worship video) – 2/21/21

Words for Worship – 2/21/21 (1st Sunday of Lent)

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent and we’re going to be re-introducing our PRISM Groups. Prism is a vivid image that captures two of Jesus’s more familiar sayings: “I am the light of the world” and “You are the light of the world.” Our PRISM Groups are the way in which we answer Jesus’s call to community, both support and outreach. The “P” stands for “Participation.” All the words we’ll be using for worship this Sunday are below, but you can download and print a copy here.

Prelude                              My Heavenly Father Loves Me

Call to Worship – Psalm 15

O Lord, who may abide in your tent?
   Who may dwell on your holy hill?
Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
   and speak the truth from their heart;

who do not slander with their tongue,
   and do no evil to their friends,
   nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;
in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
   but who honor those who fear the Lord;

who stand by their oath even to their hurt;
who do not lend money at interest,
   and do not take a bribe against the innocent.
Those who do these things shall never be moved.

Song – Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise #579

Prayer of Confession

Most High and holy God, you have welcomed us into your house. We can hardly claim to be blameless. Some of us have a clear sense of the sin we’ve committed. Others aren’t so sure. Some of us are too hard on ourselves. Others are too lenient with themselves. But, together, we are beginning a Lenten journey. 40 days to become the kind of people who do what is right and speak the truth from their heart. Bless us all with your Holy Spirit so that we can let go of the sin that clings to us and take hold of the new life in Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Song – Beautiful One #607

Words of Assurance

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world…I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!

Let your light shine before others that they might see your good works and give glory to our Father in heaven.

What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Anthem – Good, Good Father

Scripture – Luke 10:25-37

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 26He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ 27He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ 28And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’

29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ 30Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” 36Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ 37He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’

Sermon – “PRISM: P Is For Participate”

Song – I Want to Walk As a Child of the Light  #730

Prayers w/ Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

Offertory – He Knows My Name (see #339)

Benediction

Sending Song – I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me  #854

Children In Worship Begins! – 2/21/21

If you’re a parent with small children, we know that it’s hard to get them to sit through worship on a Sunday morning. During this time of physical distancing and isolation, we haven’t been able to offer our usual programs. But, thanks to the ever-so-talented and faithful Jane Coles, we’re excited to announce that we’re resuming Children in Worship this Sunday, February 21st. This program happens during worship and is geared toward 3yr-2nd grade kids. Jane is happy to have older children join if they can be good helpers in the storytelling. We’ve set up in a big room with lots of space so that the kids will be safe. Of course, if you or your children aren’t feeling well, please stay home. And, if you or your children have been in contact with or are concerned you may have been in contact with someone who is sick, please stay home. We know everyone is anxious to get back to “normal,” but we want to do it in a way that best for all involved. Thank you!

We hope that you and your children can join us for this season of Lent!

Please Consider a Donation in 2021.

The COVID pandemic has had an impact on many individuals and organizations. That includes a financial impact. St. Croix Reformed Church has felt it too. Below is a letter asking you to consider making a regular financial gift in 2021. We recognize that individuals have been impacted as well, so this is not to pressure you to give or squeeze another dollar out of you. But, if you’ve been grateful for your experience at SCRC, we’d appreciate your support.

You can also download the letter here.

You can download and print a copy of the pledge card here.

To the members and supporters of St. Croix Reformed Church,

          Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

          COVID-19 has impacted the lives of everyone in the world both in terms of daily living and in issues related to health. Closer to home our schools have been closed, daycare is challenging, businesses are struggling, and our social interactions are structured in ways we never before imagined.

Houses of Faith including churches, temples, and synagogues are not exempt from being challenged.  On-line services have become the norm and faith leaders are finding they must find creative ways to reach and serve their congregations. In addition, our church is finding that financial support is waning.  In 2020, we experienced a $20,000 shortfall 

Giving Appeal: We are hearing that this decline of 30% is not new to churches on island.  However, it is not sustainable.  With that,  the Consistory of St. Croix Reformed Church is appealing to our congregation to be certain to give at least what you had given in years past, and if we might ask, to possibly add 15 to 20 percent to that amount in the year 2021.  That increase would cover the $20,000 shortfall we experienced in 2020, and for that we would be very grateful!

Pledging: We are also asking that you consider pledging.  Meaning that you identify the amount you plan to give in the year 2021, and in whatever increments you chose, ensure that the church receives that amount.  By pledging we, the Consistory, can better plan our goals for the year, and attach the appropriate financial support.  A pledge would also be very much appreciated.  Simply let Pastor Peter know your intent.

          Each year since Pastor Peter has been with us, he’s reminded us that followers of Jesus commit to giving for three reasons: for God, for others, for ourselves. We give as a sign of our trust in God’s promise to “give us this day our daily bread.” We give for the sake of others because, as the prophet Isaiah said, “if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.” Finally, and most often neglected, we give for ourselves in order to preserve a place where we can gather in the presence of the Lord who will restore to us the joy of salvation and sustain in us a willing spirit.

          We are extremely blessed to have a very nice facility and sanctuary located on a beautiful piece of property.  That, along with pastoral leadership which has proven to be compassionate and of high quality in providing an understanding of Christianity, we know we have the resources to continue our lives in Christian faith. We thank you in advance for your assistance and may be contacting you to answer any questions or concerns.

In Christian Love and Peace,

                                                              Pastor Peter – petertewinkle@gmail.com

                                                              Dan Huston – dhhuston@yahoo.com

                                                              Annette  Updyke – annetteupdyke@gmail.com

                                                              Willette Lewis willettelewis@gmail.com

                                                              Monica Rhule – monruhle@gmail.com

                                                              Don Bailey – donstx@yahoo.com

                                                              Brad Ebersole – bradleyebersole@gmail.com

Get Down From There! – 2/14/21

Words for Worship – 2/14/21

We gather this Sunday for worship as we we prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies for the season of Lent. All the words that we’ll be using for worship are below. Or, you can download and print a copy here.

Prelude                              “The Gift of Love”

Call to Worship – Psalm 121

Praise the Lord!
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
   from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
   he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
   will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
   the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
   nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
   he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
   your going out and your coming in
   from this time on and for evermore.

 Song – And Can It Be #695

Prayer of Confession

Most High and holy God, mountain top experiences fill us with awe and remind us of your majesty. Your good news of life comforts us like a warm blanket on a cool night. But, you have called us to bring your majesty into the valley. You have called us, not to take up our comforter, but a cross. It’s this calling that we resist. We admit it and we confess our need for your help. This week leads us into the season of Lent. Bless us with your Holy Spirit to renew our commitment and find new courage in the call to follow Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Song – You Are My King #360

Words of Assurance

Jesus said, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes and be killed, and on the third day be raised.

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily follow me.

For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.

Anthem – How He Loves

Scripture – Luke 9:28-48

The Transfiguration

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. Just then a man from the crowd shouted, ‘Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It throws him into convulsions until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.’ Jesus answered, ‘You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.’ While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astounded at the greatness of God.

While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, ‘Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.’ But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, and said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.’

Sermon

Song – They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love  #256

Prayers w/ Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

Offertory – Reckless Love

Benediction

Sending Song – I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me  #854

Part of the Promise (worship video) – 2/7/21