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Worship Service - 7/20/14 - Craig Kocher

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Worship service for the Sixth Sunday After Pentecost.

How does God distinguish good from evil? The story of Jacob in Genesis challenges common understandings of what we may commonly understand as "good" in that Jacob is set apart to bear the promise of God despite his capacity for deceit and trickery. In the gospel lesson from Matthew, Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and the weeds. This parable suggests that the seeds of evil and good can grow up together and be difficult to distinguish. There is hope in the assurance that God discriminates between the two, even when we cannot.

The Rev. Dr. Craig Kocher preaches a sermon title "Long Division," the Clevus F. and Lilla Hawkins Boyles guest preacher. Kocher is the university chaplain and Jessie Ball duPont Chair of the Chaplaincy at the University of Richmond. Prior to arriving at Richmond, Kocher served six years at Duke University as assistant dean, acting dean and associate dean of Duke Chapel as well as director of Religious Life. He holds a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill, M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and a D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary.

The Master's Men a cappella ensemble are guest musicians. The is dedicated to providing inspirational music to the glory of God. Its goal is to spread the message of God's love through song, in ways that will enhance Christian church worship services and other programs. Arrangements include hymns, spirituals, gospel, and other musical styles in four-, five-, and six-part harmony for unaccompanied male voices. Since August 1995, The Master's Men has performed for churches or other religious based gatherings in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Scripture readings are Genesis 28:10-19a and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.

Music includes: "Not Gonna Worry," "Had It Not Been," "Milky White Way," "In This Very Room," "Come, Ye Thankful People Come," "For the Fruits of This Creation," "The Majesty and Glory of Your Name," "The Bread of Life for All Is Broken," "Beautiful Savior," "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" and Louis Vierne's "Symphony 1, Op. 14."

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