Church Life During the Pandemic

Church Life During the Pandemic

The pandemic continues to limit our ability to gather together in person, but the life of Second Church continues virtually in worship, fellowship, and serving others as we remain physically distant. We invite you to join with us in Christ.

First, in additional to your physical health, be sure to take care of your spiritual and emotional health. Friends, this is an anxious time for all of us. Pay attention to where you hold your anxiety (the tightening of the forehead, in your shoulders and back, in your gut; etc.) and remember, to breathe. Breathe in to a count of three, breath out and whisper “Come, Spirit, Come.” Our pastoral staff are available to meet (virtually), talk, and pray with you.

During the pandemic, we are holding one worship service at 10 AM on Sundays via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Sunday Worship

Sunday, October 18| 10 AM
Bible passage: 1 Samuel 1:9-11, 2:1-10
Sermon: “Holy Family Drama”

View the Sunday worship bulletin

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85455854527?pwd=eWluUlhjYTRCcTc1T0Ryc3pPNTdLdz09
Mobile Phone or Tablet: Download Zoom App from the App store
Dial in: call 1-301-715-8592
Meeting ID# 854 5585 4527
Password: Because of a disturbing experience with Zoom hackers, we now must require a password to join the worship service. The password is available in the weekly Friday Flyer and in the back of the bulletin linked above.

Facebook: https:www.facebook.com/secondpresby/

If you do not have a Facebook account, just search for @secondpresby to view the service.

Communion

Communion is served during worship on the first Sunday of the month. While we worship from our homes, we invite you to find elements of bread and wine/grape juice in your home, and we will take the sacrament together.

Virtual Cafe

Sunday’s at 9:30 AM on Zoom
Fellowship time is back at Second! Check in with your Second friends on Zoom on Sundays before worship at 9:30 AM. The link is available through the Friday Flyer.

Adult Seminar

Sundays, 11 AM following Worship
Beginning Sunday, October 11th

“Words that Matter: Confessions of the Presbyterian Church USA”

Together we’ll examine and discuss words used to express and convey our faith through the ages, from scripture to contemporary times. The word Credo means “I believe.” The noun Confession comes from the Latin verb confiteor, “to confess.”

Confessions are unavoidable. Even those who reject creeds have one. “No creed but Christ” is a very short and inadequate creed, but it is a creed nonetheless. Thus, the question is not whether we will have a confession but whether it will be biblical, ecumenical, and sound.

Confessions have brought unity and have sowed division. Blood has been spilled over words. The ‘filioque’ controversy from the 4th Century is an example that seems unreal, but may also hit very close to home (look it up on Wikipedia.) Join us after worship to agree or disagree, but most of all, to engage in thoughtful, prayerful and discerning conversation, called together by the One in Three who calls us to love one another. ~Rev. Tom Blair

For technical reasons, you will have to leave the worship meeting and log on separately to attend the Adult Seminar. To receive the Zoom link, sign up to receive the Friday Flyer (at the bottom of the home page)  or email Rev. Amy Carlson .

Morning Celebration

Sunday School for Pre-k – 5th grade: Sundays @9 AM on Zoom

Beginning September 20th at 9 AM we will have weekly Sunday School on Zoom for all preschool and elementary age children! We will meet together as a large group and then break into breakout rooms for a time of Bible Study, activities, crafts, and building relationships. Email Rev. Amy Carlson to receive the Zoom link.

Youth Group

Sundays at 4 PM

Youth Group for all Middle and Senior High Schoolers will meet weekly on Sunday afternoons on Zoom for a time of Bible Study, recreation, and community building. We will again join with First English Lutheran!
Email Rev. Amy Carlson to receive the Zoom link.

Logos Inter-generational Gatherings

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:30 PM on Zoom
Next meeting: Wednesday, October 28

We are holding LOGOS, a twice monthly inter-generational gathering on the second and fourth Wednesdays . LOGOS is an intentional time for all ages to come together to learn about God and experience activities to grow in their relationship with God and others. All are invited to join for an opening worship and then we will break into small breakout rooms on Zoom. Small groups include Adult Bible Study, VBS-style activities for kids, and Prayer Shawl Knitting.

Mission during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are supporting organizations that provide vital assistance to the most vulnerable people in Baltimore.

Visit our mission page for details on making casseroles and sandwiches for the homeless, donating food to CARES food pantry, making t-shirt bags and face masks, and other ways you can help.

The Book of Palms Zoom Bible Study

Wednesdays, 12 Noon, September 2nd- November 4
The Book of Psalms has been called the ‘Prayer Book of the Bible.’ Some of the Bible’s most famous images and phrases are found in this remarkable collection of 150 gathered writings. Some of them are so familiar we know them by heart, and others sound odd, foreign and incomprehensible.

Join us, along with members of Knox Presbyterian Church, as we make a deeper connection to the word of God in the Psalms. These verses can help you give voice to our common human experience– sorrow, faith, uncertainty, joy, and faith. This study is user-friendly for those with little prior Bible experience.
Michael Jinkins, an ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), hosts the video portion of this study. The Rev. Dr. Tom Blair will host the ‘live’ discussion after the brief video overview, via Zoom.

Sessions:
Word of God, Words of Prayer, Psalms 1 & 23
The Prayer Book of God’s People, Psalms 136:1-16, 26
Praying the Psalms, Psalms 42 & 43
The Language of the Heart , Psalm 27
A Geography of the Imagination, Psalm 19
A Theology of the Imagination, Psalm 96
Lament and Praise, Psalm 22:1-22
Grace and Repentance, Psalm 51
Love and Wrath, Psalm 94
Hallelujah and Amen, Psalms 146, 150

Email Rev. Dr. Tom Blair for the Zoom link.