Month: April 2019

The Extravagant Welcome committee is making plans to participate in the QC Pride Unity Parade on Saturday, June 8. The Extravagant Welcome committee will be a part of this parade by joining others to give free Mom (and Dad) hugs, sharing hugs, acceptance, and unconditional love with members of…
Right before today’s reading from Matthew, there’s another story. In this story, some soldiers discover that the tomb where Jesus was laid is empty, and they go to the chief priests and the elders and tell them. And the chief priests and the elders give the soldiers some money…
Sunday sermon preview: We take a Sunday to celebrate extravagant welcome so that we can work together every day to be a church of extravagant welcome. And I want you to understand how strange that is. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
God loved the world this way: she created it. We’re never told why. We’re never told for what purpose. Maybe it was just a joyful act of creation; the kind of thing an artist does. But, for whatever reason that she made a world, she made a world, and…
Sunday sermon preview: You are forgiven because God loves the world this way. In spite of all the things we’ve done and all of the things we’ve left undone, God meets us on the road and says, “Do not be afraid.” Facebook Twitter Buffer…
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……
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” Facebook Twitter Buffer…
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…

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