January 23

Between COVID and other illnesses running around town, half of our staff is out sick or with exposures to viruses. We ask your prayers for everyone who is ill, and ask your patience for the next two Sundays where we’ll utilize some different options to support your worship experience.  

For this Sunday, January 23, we encourage you to do some virtual traveling, hopping on to a livestream from another church.  We offer the following suggestions to “do a new thing” by visiting these suggested locations:

  1. The Riverside Church in New York City: This historic church remains a pioneering witness for social justice. Their worship service on January 23 starts at 8:45 Mountain Time and can be found here https://www.trcnyc.org/event/sunday-morning-worship/2022-01-23/
  1. Trinity UCC in Chicago is another “big name” church with a proud social justice tradition. They host virtual worship at three different times on Sunday, but you can tune in at 10 a.m. Mountain Time here https://campus.piksel.com/trinity-united/
  1. Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas offers powerful “traditional” high church worship service and a strong Open and Affirming Witness. You can access their offering here https://cathedralofhope.com/videos/
  1. If you want to see a familiar face from Mayflower Church in Billings, you can find their virtual worship at 10 a.m. here. https://www.mayflowerofbillings.com/virtual-worship.html  

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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January 20, 2022

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