The Season of Epiphany

The season of Epiphany (God’s revealing in Jesus) helps the church understand why we need to be the church to the world.  The church of Jesus Christ is to be the light that reveals the Christ to the world through our actions.  God is calling us to a ministry of hospitality for all who are…

Let The Children Come To Jesus

I have heard it said that our church is not very biblical.  Really? Jesus said: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the realm of God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the realm of God like a child shall not enter it.”  And Jesus…

Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Non-Violence

A silent candlelight prayer vigil for peace and non-violence will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the steps of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Columbia, IL  on the evening of the Ferguson grand jury announcement.  If the announcement is made on Wednesday, the vigil will still take place and the Community Thanksgiving Service will…

Worship. Love. Go. Do.

Churches of the United Church of Christ of southern Illinois (the Illinois South Conference) gather each fall for their annual meeting.  It is a wonderful reminder that the ministry of Jesus Christ spreads beyond the communities where our local church resides.  Yes, there are wonderful ministries we do at the local level, but there are…

Enjoy Your Days: Be a Blessing

This past weekend someone said to me: “fourth of July is over.  The start of school is just around the corner.”  To me, five or six weeks is a lot of time.  God has given us each and every day as a gift.  Savor the time.  Enjoy friends and family.  Don’t wish your time away. …

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…

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…