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Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent, the season when we look forward to God coming into the world: long ago, as a baby, among a dispossessed people in an occupied land and on a day no one knows, in triumph and glory, to usher in the kingdom of God. Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent, when we light a candle for love. I need to preface this a little bit. I am bad with names. It takes me a while to learn a new person’s name. And even after I’ve learned it, if I’m put on the…
Sunday sermon preview: Names can be hard. But names are also important. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
The youth of First Congregational United Church of Christ presented their annual Christmas program last Sunday! This year, they did a (slightly modified) service of lessons and carols, which included readings and songs by youth of all ages. Thank you to everyone who made this service possible and everyone who attended! If you have photos of the service that you would like to have included in this gallery, please send them to Pastor Chris! Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Today is the second Sunday of Advent, the season when we look forward to God coming into the world: long ago, as a baby, among a dispossessed people in an occupied land and on a day no one knows, in triumph and glory, to usher in the kingdom of God. Today is the second Sunday of Advent, when we light a candle for peace. There is a room in Building 87 of the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where there is next to no sound. A chainsaw makes noise at about 109 decibels (dB). Regular, prolonged, unprotected exposure for…
Sunday sermon preview: The world is so full of sound that we have never known silence. And silence is… uncomfortable. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
On Wednesday evening, a bunch of us gathered to decorate the church for Christmas (and Advent). It looks wonderful! Thank you to everyone who helped! Facebook Twitter Buffer…
This is a reprint of my column from the December 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. According to the calendar on my refrigerator, December is the last month of the year. People from many religions—and people with no religion—are barreling towards the joyful, and often stressful, celebration of winter holidays. There are decorations to put up, foods to prepare, journeys to make, gifts to buy, and guests to host. There are last minute end-of-calendar-year projects for work and school. There is simply a lot to do. It can be overwhelming. According to the church calendar, Advent is…
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the season when we look forward to God coming into the world: long ago, as a baby, among a dispossessed people in an occupied land and on a day no one knows, in triumph and glory, to usher in the kingdom of God. Today is the first Sunday of Advent, when we light a candle for hope. And, I’ll be honest, I’m… conflicted… about hope. A few years ago, I was working with an organization that was trying to choose a new mission statement. They wanted something short, punchy, and memorable; something…
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check is out here! And a reminder that the due date for the next Carillon Notes is December 18, 2019. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Sunday sermon preview: Hope isn’t enough. But maybe hope’s enough. Y’know? Facebook Twitter Buffer…