In the midst of Sunday's sermon at the Church of the Redeemer, UCC in New Haven, CT I heard my pastor (Rev. Dr. Shelly Stackhouse) preach about the Gospel of John text where Nicodemus is challenged by Jesus to move beyond the familiar into a new relationship with God and a new life beyond his familiar and known boundaries. One of the phrases that particularly resonated with me was that God does not always give us clear GPS instructions... (I posted that phrase onto Facebook during the sermon ...
I sang these words at worship this Sunday in a hymn called “Gather us In”:
"For a short time, anyway, we will be able to worship and learn, plan and praise. We are setting aside time to be the church, together. " —Rev. Susan Foster
As the long Church Season of Epiphany comes to a close, we begin the Season of Lent this Wednesday evening, March 1st.
Each week as we gather for prayer circle, we not only pray for those on our prayer list, we have a time for a meditation. This week we had a discussion about civility that was led by Dani Rupprecht, and I am sharing some of those thoughts and especially guidance from scripture about the need for and the practice of civility.
I have a favorite quote from French philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin over my desk.
The following was reprinted with permission from the newsletter of the Beneficent Congregational Church, UCC, in Providence Dear Beneficent Friends, Jesus said, "I have come in order that you might have life — life in all its fullness." (John 10:10, GNT). When do you feel most alive? - Is it at work or school, when you are engaging a new problem or project - Is it when you return home to peace and quiet, or to the bustle of family life? - Is it when you push your body physically, when you ...
This past weekend, in spite of all the challenges of snow and ice, it was my privilege (as an authorized minister in the New Haven Association of the CT Conference United Church of Christ) to be present and to vote at the Ecclesiastical Council of a Member in Discernment.
There is much to consider in these days and as one of our former colleagues quoted a parishioner – “this is not a sprint. And it's not a marathon either. It's a relay. And we'll spell each other.”
On Sunday afternoon, Jan 29, 2017 an open RI Conference UCC Town Meeting was held at the Marriot Hotel in Providence.