Month: April 2019

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way (Sermon for April 14, 2019)

When I was in middle school, I competed in the Optimist Club Oratorical Contest. I don’t remember what any of the official topics were, but I remember that my very first speech for that contest was about how people don’t listen to kids or respect the rights of kids… and about how people really should

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Sunday Sermon Preview for April 14, 2019

Sunday sermon preview: Jesus chases out the people who are buying and selling. He flips the tables of the money-changes. He hurls the seats of the people selling sacrificial doves. He throws a tantrum… and the children are crying, “Hosanna”

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Welcome

This is a reprint of my column from the April 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. Spring is officially here! Spring is a busy time at First Congregational United Church of Christ. In the coming months, we’ll recognize Holy Week, celebrate Easter, have a Service of Extravagant Welcome, recognize our seniors, confirm our

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