Month: April 2020

Episode 5 of our podcast is available now! In this week’s episode, Pastor Chris talks about extravagant welcome and First Congregational United Church of Christ’s Open and Affirming covenant, and gives an update on how we’re dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, this week’s scripture, sermon, and a time…
I’ve told you this before, but in my former career, my life was ruled by numbers. Every year, the Board of Directors would give me one number: the amount of money that I needed to raise for my organization… so that we could do the work that we were…
Sunday Sermon Preview: Maybe that miracle happened because Peter and John, through the power of Christ, saw him in all of his walking, running, leaping, dancing glory….
Episode 4 of our podcast is available now! Join Pastor Chris to learn about how the United Church of Christ understands statements of faith. We also have this week’s scripture and sermon, and a time for prayer. You can listen to the pod right here (the player is at…
This is a strange Easter. On any normal Easter Sunday, we would be packed together in our church buildings. We would hug and shake hands and pass the peace. We would shout, “He is risen!” in chorus. The scent of flowers in the chancel would fill our noses. The…
Sunday sermon preview: This is not the Sunday that these women were expecting. This is not the Sunday that they want. This is just the Sunday that they have….
Episode 3 of our podcast is available now! Join Pastor Chris for an update on how we’re handling COVID-19 and a short primer on Holy Week. We also have this week’s scripture and sermon, and a time for prayer. You can listen to the pod right here (the player…
We have spent the spring—from the Sunday after Christmas Day until today—reading the gospel according to Mark. And you might remember that a few weeks ago, we fast-forwarded a little. We jumped from Jesus on his way to Jerusalem, telling the disciples about what was going to happen… to…
Sunday sermon preview: For a moment, the people saw hope in the midst of their despair, and chose the world-as-God-intended-it-to-be over the world-as-it-was….
This is a reprint of my column from the April 2020 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. I had plans. I’m writing this on March 25th. You’re probably reading it right as Holy Week is beginning. I was looking forward to Holy Week: the shouted ‘Hosannas’ of Palm…

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