Reformation Sunday

On Sunday, October 30 we will celebrate Reformation/Heritage Sunday. Put on your best kilt (or stick to trousers) and encourage those who can’t come regularly to mark their calendars for this special worship service. We will celebrate our Scottish heritage with bagpipes and tartan decorations, and honor our “reformed and always reforming” tradition. After worship we will have a …

Shoe Collection

SHOE COLLECTION Let’s work together! We are collecting shoes alongside other churches in the Presbytery of the Western Reserve to help people abroad and to help two local charities. We are collecting shoes through the end of July and there are two DRIVE THROUGH and DONATE dates. Simply collect shoes and bring them to Independence …

Changes to IPC Worship Protocols (July 2021)

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.Let us come before him with thanksgiving    and extol him with music and song. (Psalm 95:1-2) Motion from Session…At a special session meeting the elders of IPC voted to approve the following motion effective immediately… While encouraging distancing, handwashing and avoiding worship activities that involve physical contact …

Updated COVID Protocols (June 2021)

Updated COVID Protocols The Session of Independence Presbyterian Church has voted to update our COVID-safety protocols for Sunday morning worship.  As of June 6th, for indoor services, IPC will be strongly recommending people who are not fully vaccinated to wear masks, and optional mask wearing for people who are fully vaccinated. For outdoor services masks …

Holy Week (Mar 28-Apr 4)

Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem is ironic. The people want a king who comes with power to deliver them, but Jesus will suffer, be crucified and resurrected, which suggests a different kind of power. Jesus does not come to rule over people but rather to model mutual service with people. The story invites reflection on the reign of God and what it might look like.

Week 5: Mar 21-27

As you pray this passage, imagine that you are present in the boat with Jesus and his disciples, endangered by the raging wind and waves of a storm. The boat is often depicted as a symbol of the church. As you pray with this text, think of storms that currently endanger your life and the life of the church and that threaten to undo us.

Week 4: Mar 14-20

On the heels of his baptism, Jesus faces diabolic temptation in the wilderness that tests his mettle for the ministry before him. None of the temptations the devil sets before him have ignoble ends in view — daily bread, the good of nations and victory over death all are worthy goals. But each temptation entails selfish manipulation rather than service to the glory of God. Jesus models service to others, refusing to give in to the diabolic temptation to serve himself.

Week 3: Mar 7-13

For the next three days, we will pray with Scripture that can help us reflect on our graced histories — that is, on your personal history of light (special experiences of God’s presence, love and justice), your personal history of shadows (doubts, questions, reflections of brokenness and sin), and your history of light out of shadows (compassion and insight out of pain and disorder, isolation).