So I hope you will have enough faith in the future – in the excitement of calling and working with a new settled pastor, in the satisfying work of making the goals of the strategic plan a reality, in exploring the new ways you might be called to be the church, and most of all, in God’s ongoing care for Christ’s church – to commit your time, your talent and yes, your treasure, to ensuring that this is a vital UCC congregation for years to come.
The Parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat isn’t an easy one, and so, before I deal with the parable itself, I want to say a little about the gospels and their authors. The word “gospel” comes from an Old English word meaning “good news,” so what we have in the gospels is the good news about Jesus Christ. And we have it in not one but four different versions. Each version contains the good news, according to a particular author, and I’m sure we can all reel off their names: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
It feels as if the end of our time together is coming very quickly. I am very aware that I will be with you for just four more Sundays, after today. As I read the lectionary readings for this week,I decided to take a break from Matthew and his love ofjudgment, to focus on the kinder, gentler words of Paul, in his letter to the church at Philippi.
The season of Advent marks a time of preparation for Christmas. It is a time of hopeful waiting and reflection. During the weekly church services (beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday, December 3rd through Christmas Eve service at 5:00 PM on Sunday, December 24th) we will hang greens, light candles, display the creche, and adorn […]
This year we invite individuals to read Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann. This book of daily devotionals will unite us all in quiet prayer and reflection. There will be no formal study group. The book is available from these sources: Christianbook.com: $8.29 ships 12/1/2017 Amazon.com: Kindle version only $8.32 3 paperback copies will be available […]
All members of the community are welcome to join us on Christmas Eve as we celebrate the birth of Christ, light candles, sing carols, and appreciate the joys of fellowship. Bring the family for this early service, with light refreshments to follow!