Created to be Creative

July 8, 2021

Hello Friends,

Sunday is Music Sunday! We will soak in the musical talents of the UCC Chancel Choir and hear a number of people’s reflections on music as an experience and expression of faith. Tune in to YouTube or Facebook at 10, and be ready to tell us your favorite song, musical instrument, or genre in the live chat.

I don’t know about you, but I love MANY kinds of music. From the special memory of receiving a Tchaikovsky record of The Nutcracker as a little girl (I wanted to a ballerina), singing camp songs around the fire, years of piano lessons, and a wedding dance mix that we still enjoy, music accompanies us through life.  

How has music inspired you? Helped you get through grief, sorrow, or rage? Sent you to a place of peace? Amplified your joy? Maybe you have a memory of shame for being a “poor singer” (there is no such thing!) or a “bad dancer” (there is no such thing!).  

This week, we’ll recognize the many ways that music heals us and helps us to connect with the Holy and with one another. Don’t be shy about singing along.

Peace to you,


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

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