Downloadable Worship Resources

To assist congregations during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the staff of Pittsburgh Presbytery will be providing downloadable worship components, usually in the form of sermons, for use by our congregations.  

Please note that the resources below are most appropriate for those who are pre-recording their services and then posting or premiering them online.  While these resources can be streamed as part of a live stream (via Zoom or otherwise) you will want to test your ability to do that in advance.  

If you have questions about virtual worship services for those being ordained or installed, Wayne Yost, Stated Clerk of the Synod of the Trinity, wrote up some guidelines for these specific services in the COVID age when we are instructed not to gather in person.  You can access that informational letter here.

For an explanation of the different quality levels please click here.

“Be Careful What You Ask For” – Rev. Brian Wallace

  • Published: October 4th, 2020
  • Scripture(s): Matthew 20:17-27
  • Description: Based on the mother of James and John’s bold request that her sons sit at Jesus’ right and left hand in the kingdom, this sermon explores the idea of servant leadership as a model for all who follow Jesus.  Servant leadership in some ways sounds like an oxymoron – how can one lead a people, and yet be their servant?  The answer lies, this sermon suggests, not necessarily in authority, but in the attitude and priorities of the leader being either “me-focused” or “others-focused” (in line with the Way of Jesus).  
  • Notes: The opening illustration talks about the process of how presidential cabinets are formed so this sermon would be most timely in October.
  • Links: High-Quality     Good Quality     Audio-Only

What’s Feeding You?” – Rev. Brian Wallace

  • Published: August 13th
  • Scripture: Psalm 1, Matthew 16:5-12
  • Description: Fear and hope are powerful forces in our lives.  While religion is often framed in terms of fear (escaping divine punishment), the ministry of Jesus is rooted in hope.  Drawing on the imagery of Psalm 1 (like trees planted by water) and Jesus’ warnings against the “leaven” of the Sadducees and Pharisees from Matthew, this message asks people to reflect carefully on what they’re surrounding themselves with so that they might be beacons of hope to others. 
  • Complete Sermon
  • Sermon + Components:
  • Complete Service w/ Sermon
    • This complete service includes all traditional elements of reformed worship and includes music that is licensed for streaming. You may also download a copy of the outline for worship as is (PDF) or in Word format for inclusion into your regular publications. 
    • Links: YouTube    High-Quality     Good-Quality     Audio-Only
    • Outline for Worship:     Word     PDF

“There’s No Place Like Home” – Rev. Brian Wallace

  • Published: July 12th
  • Scripture(s): Psalm 119:105
  • Description: Between coronavirus and the social unrest following the murder of George Floyd, we are living in times of unprecedented uncertainty.  The good news: the bible is full of people who find themselves in uncertain times.  Drawing on stories from the Old and New Testament, this message draws people’s focus on four practical steps toward living as disciples of Jesus and as the body of Christ facing an unknown future.
  • Links: High-Quality     Good Quality     Audio-Only

Reflections on Psalm 145 – Rev. Cindy Kohlmann, Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly

  • Published: July 5th
  • Scripture(s): Psalm 145
  • Description: In partnership with the Synod of the Northeast and the Presbytery of Boston, Rev. Cindy Kohlmann, Co-Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly, offers reflections on the familiar words of Psalm 145: “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” and their implications for us today.  
  • Links: YouTube     Download     Sermon Text     Bulletin – Short     Bulletin – Complete     Hymns (Text)

“What is Your Theology?” – Elder Ralph Lowe

  • Published: June 14th
  • Scripture(s): Ephesians 2:1-11
  • Description: “What can I do?” has been the question asked by many white sisters and brothers in Christ over the past few weeks. The answer must start with scripture. The lens of scripture allows everyone to understand that we are called to a way of life created in Christ for good works and that must help shape our next steps.
  • Links: High-Quality     Good Quality     Audio-Only

“We Didn’t Start the Fire” – Rev. Brian Wallace

  • Published: June 7th
  • Scripture(s): 2 Corinthians 13
  • Description: This message draws on the Trinitarian benediction in 2 Cor 13.  The main point of the sermon is that the Trinitarian language grounds us in the love of God, frees us through the grace of Jesus, and guides and empowers us through the power of the Spirit.
  • Links: High-Quality     Good Quality     Audio-Only

Quality Level Explanation

  • Mindful that not everyone’s technology needs and/or capacity are the same, we make every file we post available in three formats.
    • High-Quality is a full high definition (1080p) format
    • Good Quality is a high definition (720p) format
    • Audio-Only is a compressed CD-quality format.
  • Most modern computers will be able to handle the high-quality format, but if not the good quality format is more than suitable.  Finally, audio online is ideal for making CDs or for situations where bandwidth is very limited for streaming.
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