March 3rd Sermon "Do You See What I See?" - Rev. Brian Diggs

29 February 2024


Please join us for our Sunday Service, March 3rd at 9 am & 11 am
Special Guest Speaker: Rev. Brian Diggs
Sermon: "Do You See What I See?"
Intergenerational Service
This is a Share the Plate Sunday.  Today we are sharing with Family Promise, an interfaith alliance helping children and families experiencing homelessness achieve lasting self-sufficiency.
Services will be live-streamed on Zoom (the zoom link is on the front page of the website)
Coffee Hour: In person in Eliot Hall following the services (collection bins for Crossroads Food Pantries will be out today - esp in need of canned fruits, vegetables and soups)
Masks optional
Rev. Brian Diggs has 30 years of experience leading United Methodist congregations and non-profit organizations into deeper action and commitment to mission. He was the director at UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief) West Office and Depot since it opened in 2009. Prior to working with UMCOR, Diggs served as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City for 10 years. Since arriving in Salt Lake City in 1997, Rev. Diggs has supported the work and mission of Family Promise and is excited to help lead Family Promise in our continued effort to provide housing and sustainable independence for homeless families. Rev. Diggs is an ordained clergy person in the Mountain Sky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and received his M. Div. from the Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. His focus was on liturgy as ethical formation. 
Order of Service

Welcome, Junior Singers! Thank you for bringing your joyful voices to today’s worship service. And thank you to Reese Harper for adding 10 more fingers!! What a nice gift. 

  • Prelude: "Getting to Know You" – music by Richard Rodgers (American, 1902-1979) – piano duo: Reese Harper & David Owens
  • Introit: #188, "Come, Come, Whoever You Are" – words adapted from Rumi (1207-1273); music by Rev. Lynn Ungar (American, b. 1963); led by Amanda Esko & Reese Harper & David Owens
  • Welcome & Announcements – Amanda Esko 
  • Chalice Lighting – Rev. Brian Diggs
  • Choral Interlude: "Love Is a Circle" by Phyllis Unger Hiller (American, 1927-2020); "Feed the Birds" by Robert B. Sherman (American, 1925-2012) & Richard M. Sherman (American, b. 1928) – presented by the Junior Singers, with Nikki Blackburn Fuller conducting
  • Lay Minister: Don Walton
  • Response: "Sabrina" by John Williams (American, b. 1932) – piano duo: Reese Harper & David Owens
  • Song of Gratitude: #1010, "We Give Thanks" – words & music by Wendy Luella Perkins (Canadian, b. 1966); led by Amanda Esko
  • Share the Plate: "Family Promise" – Rev. Brian Diggs
  • Offertory – Amanda Esko
  • Doxology
    • From all that dwell below the skies
    • Let hymns of faith and hope arise
    • May peace, good will on earth be sung
    • Through every land by every tongue
    • Amen
  • Sermon: "Do You See What I See?" – Rev. Brian Diggs
  • Ritual: “Our Many Colored Lenses” – Amanda Esko
  • Hymn: #168, "One More Step" – words & music by Joyce Poley (Canadian, b. 1941)
  • Benediction – Rev. Brian Diggs
  • Postlude: "Solace" by Scott Joplin (African-American, 1868-1917) – two-piano duo: Reese Harper & David Owens