Brian White has been playing music in church since he began taking piano lessons in grade school. He has been music director at Zion for over 10 years and enjoys directing both the vocal choir and handbell choir, and playing the piano and organ during each worship service. He also teaches high school math in Utica and serves as music director for Delaware’s Arena Fair community theater productions. He is blessed to be married to Susan and to have three incredibly talented children.
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Beth is an enthusiastic extrovert who thinks being a pastor is the best job in the world. She spends her time providing pastoral care, writing encouraging sermons, and equipping the people of Zion for works of service. Beth has a master’s in divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio and more than a decade of experience in church leadership and non-profit management. She spends her downtime listening to audiobooks, sewing, and taking walks with her boyfriend, Sam.
This morning Rev. Welsch is going to speak to us on some selected verses from chapter two of the book of First John. Last week we set the stage by saying that this book was written to "reaffirm the beliefs of the community during a time of spiritual upheaval or confusion," which is a feeling we understand today. The author we call John uses themes that are familiar to us from the Gospel of John; themes of word and light and love and truth. There are also strong statements in here about sin, meant to correct the false teaching of some people who were trying to lead the community astray. John's goal is to build up the community, to make it loving and healthy, and our reading this morning is a direct continuation from last week, when we talked about the freedom that follows confession. So before I read this morning's text, hear again these few verses from the end of chapter 1: