Even In Summer, Christ’s Ministry Continues

Summer has settled in.  It’s a time for vacations, ball tournaments, picnics, BarBQ’s, Music at Metter, gatherings of friends and family, or simply enjoying a movie or FIFA World Cup in your air conditioned home because it’s too blasted hot to go outside.  Although there are no major church holidays or celebrations, there is worship…

Why?

This morning I am preparing for our Tuesday, noon, study group.  Today, we begin Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book and video, “Why?  Making Sense out of God’s Will.”  He presents three foundational ideas: First, that God has given human beings dominion over the planet.  that is, God has placed the human race in charge of God’s…

Pentecost as Worship and Response

Christian worship is the glad response of individuals and community – through “heart, soul, strength, and mind”-to the saving acts of God in history.  It is the celebration – both personal and the community of faith- of God’s love for creation and every human being.  This divine love is revealed in God’s gracious covenant with…

Still Easter Season

What do we do in the middle of Easter Season? Really? It’s still Easter? Yes, it is! We are still celebrating Easter! All of the days until Sunday, June 8th is Easter Season! It is “new life” season. It is “celebration” season. It is “Christ is risen: season. Yes, it is Music Sunday season. Yes,…

The Holy in Holy Week

From palms to teaching to eating with best friends, these are the things that make for the holy.  From betrayal to denial to keeping your distance even as your best friend dies, these are the the things that destroy holy community.  From grieving to visiting to astounding news to God’s presence when there should be…

Your Statement of Faith

Our eighth graders are putting the finishing touches on their faith statements.  These faith statements are as diverse as their personalities.  Yet at the heart of each of these statements is the expression of their relationship with God and all of humanity.  Hear them this coming Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service.  As Holy Week…

We Are One

We believe the United Church of Christ (UCC) is called to be a united and uniting church. “That they may all be one.” (John 17:21) “In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity,” These UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to…

One Great Hour of Sharing

Our special offering on Sunday, March 30, unites us with all who are in need.  The gifts that we offer today will be used for concrete ministries that further God’s work in the world.  In Matthew 25, Jesus told his disciples where to focus their ministry: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome…

Mardi Gras is over, are you ready for Lent?

The Feast of Carnival (literally translated: Farewell to Meat) also known as Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) is preparation for the Lenten Fast. Lent is the forty days (not counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday during which we prepare our hearts and our lives for the experience of the Last Supper, the Cross,…

From Mountaintop to Routine

From Mountaintop to Routine We have heard it from campers at the end of a week at DuBois Center.  We have heard it at the end of a weekend retreat.  We have heard it at the end of the best vacations.  “I wish we could just stay here forever.  This is what life is supposed…