For my last Sunday at UCC Missoula, I don’t expect to go out in a blaze of glory but I do want to remind our church that, amidst all of the forces gathering to block out the Light, this is a time to shine.  

This Sunday, we’ll finish up our series titled, “I Look to the Mountains” with one of my favorite mountain top stories, and one that has a lot of shine to it, the transfiguration of Jesus. Rabbi Mark will be with us to help us understand how Moses and Elijah figure into this story, and our conference minister, Rev. Dr. Marc Stewart, will make the trip out from Billings to preside over the Farewell Liturgy that completes my time as your pastor. A longer “farewell letter” can be found in the e-Blast, but the bottom line is thank you all for these last four years and may God’s grace and peace be with us all in the next chapters of our lives.

In Joy, Rev. Dr. Jennifer Yocum

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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July 20, 2022

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