August 9, 2020 Windows of Westminster – 10 Rev. Dr. Martha M. Campbell

Posted on August 8, 2020 @ 9:20 pm

Following the welcome we begin our service with an acapella version of “For All the Faithful Women.”  This hymn was written for the the 10th anniversary of Women’s ordination in the Lutheran Church in 1975.  (That same year the Presbyterians were celebrating the 20th anniversary!)

Susan Sulak leads us in prayer and then reads the first chapter of Esther.
Pastor Twining Campbell leads our prayers:
  Giving thanks for Susan Sulak and her husband Greg – expecting twins in November.
  Leaders at all levels of government and for those, like John Lewis, who have died.
Our Prelude, Postlude and anthem are encore performances.  Imre Szilas opens the service with “Overture in F Major” by George Frideric Handel and closes with “Tocatta in D minor” a piece that Imre has written himself.  The anthem, “Kyrie Eleison” is also an original composition written by Imre Szilas and, in this version, our windows serve as the choir.
Today we conclude our series, Windows of Westminster, as Rev. Dr. Martha Campbell talks about the Esther window.  The book of Esther reveals how God takes care of his people – even when they don’t expect it.  Esther became a queen of King Ahasuerus in Susa (the capital of Persia) but there was a plot to eliminate the Jews.  What we learn from this book is that God does not need to do miracles to rescue people.  God is able to work through ordinary events and ordinary people.
Robert Smith continues to direct and film our services.  We are very grateful for the great video of our worship service today.
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