Beauty in Imperfection

July 10, 2020

What is your favorite word?  Rev. Janice Springer uses that unusualquestion to reflect on the ministry we share with her each summer, and how UCCMissoula can keep love alive when, these days, hate is easier; hate is what isexpected.  In Genesis 28:10-16, Jacobdeserves to be punished but gets blessed instead.  Jacob’s experience and Janice’s favoritewords can empower us to face the challenges of our time.

Everything Changes
In our sermon series we are exploring how our brains were designed to be suspicious of change, and for good reason–homeostasis in good measure helps us thrive, protecting us from danger. But if we look closely at what the Creator set in motion, we find that change is the most constant part of life and necessary for animating our spirits as we find renewed purpose throughout life. Jesus advocated for changes that would keep us moving toward greater goodness!  “Everything Changes” John 12:20-26 In our scripture this week Jesus asks us to let go of life “as it is” in order to create and multiply the love that is eternal. What feels like the chaos, or recklessness, of change is the breaking-open of possibility and the sprouting of new life. This is what it means to follow the change-maker Jesus and serve his purpose of more love in the world. -Pastor Courtney

Publish Date:

July 23, 2020

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