Defining Words

In light of the news we’ve been getting from the Supreme Court and the January 6 Committee, it is not so easy to celebrate our nation on our 246th birthday. I find hope  in seeing so many people angry about the lies and the threats, and committed to doing something about it. In worship this week, I will speak about the benefit of finding expansive definitions for words so we have room to differ and still live respectfully with one another. This can help us connect with our fellow citizens and also with our faith and its convictions and its questions.

We will have a time of prayer for the USA including a reading from the historian and activist Howard Zinn about being hopeful in bad times. And we will celebrate Communion. Our worship will be outside in the court yard. I hope to see you there.


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:

June 30, 2022

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