Windsor Presbyterian Church
Windsor Heights, Iowa
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CALENDAR FOR JUNE 2018

June 1 - Arabic Church food prep in kitchen
June 2 - 9:00 AM Girls Rock Des Moines in East Hall
June 12 - 11:00 AM Drop In Potluck with slide presentation 
                                          on El Salvador

June 10 - 11:45 AM Deacons' Meeting
June 17 - Men's Choir sings for worship
June 22 - Esther Chol food prep in kitchen
June 28 - 6:30 PM Session meeting


Ekram Kachu, a member of our church, will be ordained at Cottage Grove Church at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 2. You are invited to celebrate this significant event in her ministry. Ekram, a member of our congregation, is the pastor of the First Arabic Presbyterian Church that meets at Cottage Grove, 1040 24th St in Des Moines. 

There will be a reception after the ordination service. Members of the Arabic Church will be preparing food in our kitchen on Friday evening.

 








 

 

 Worship in June

June  3 - Psalm 113
June 10 - Psalm 69
June 17 - Psalm 27
June 24 - Psalm 40

Summer Preaching Series

We kick off summer, and Pentecost, with six weeks in the Psalms. The Book of Psalms is the prayer book of the Hebrew Bible. Throughout the centuries, faithful Jews and Christians have learned to pray by praying the Psalms. Almost all of us want to pray but don’t really know what to say. Thanks and help are our basic prayers. Beyond that we can use some help.

That is where the Psalms come in. Praying the Psalms can teach us that prayers do not need to be polished or polite or perfect. The language of prayer is honest and personal. The Psalms are passionate words—full of joy and praise, anger and frustration, grief and sadness. In these prayers we learn to lay ourselves bare before God. We learn honesty and vulnerability. We learn to pray alone and with others. We learn to sing praises to God and to shake our fists at the heavens.

The Psalms are all corporate prayers. They are meant to be prayed in community, with others. The life of faith is life with others.

There are different types of Psalms just as there are different types of prayers and emotions. Our series will try to move us through six psalms in a manner that reflects how we might actually experience the life of faith, through the ups and the downs.

Up:  When life is stable and the world seems trustworthy (Psalms 1 and 113), to

Down:  When the bottom drops out and the tradition feels like a lie (Psalm 69), to

Up again: When faith in a trustworthy God and creation are found again, but the experience of disorientation is not forgotten (Psalms 27, 40 and 146)

(This Narrative Lectionary series loosely follows OT scholar Walter Brueggemann’s typology— Orientation, Disorientation, Re-Orientation)