Who's on First

March 10, 2022

Pastor Jennifer writes: When I was a teenager and then a young adult, traveling outside of Oregon usually led to some experiences of culture shock around bottles and cans. At that time, recycling bottles and cans was still a lefty, hippy thing to do outside of the state. Oregon’s Bottle Bill incentivized recycling for everyone and, while at home, it was usually easy to find some kind of bin at hand. Recycling became a habit that required no more thought than taking out the trash.  

In other states, though, those bins were nowhere to be found. I remember wandering airports and conference centers with co-workers or friends, bottles or cans in hand as we all searched in vain for recycling bins. Eventually, dismay dawned to the realization that no such repository existed, and with a moral stomachache, we would deposit the items in the trash.

Virtues, like recycling, work best ingrained as habits, rather than as “feel good” activities. In worship this week, we look at the challenges of our commitments, of doing the right thing even when we don’t feel like it or when doing so costs us something. Please join us IN PERSON or ONLINE at 10 a.m. Masks are recommended! (Note: This week’s photo is from UCC Missoula’s Glass Recycling program. For more information, contact Graham, graham@uccmissoula.org )

After worship, please join us in the Sanctuary for a presentation by Dr. Steve Running, Nobel Laureate in Climate Science, for an update on what’s new with climate.  

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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March 10, 2022

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