The Daily: Monday November 24, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 28 (NRSV, The Message); Numbers 27:15-23 (NRSV, The Message); 2 Timothy 2:8-13 (NRSV, The Message)

Blessed be God—
he heard me praying.
He proved he’s on my side;
I’ve thrown my lot in with him.
Now I’m jumping for joy,
and shouting and singing my thanks to him. Psalm 28:6-7 (The Message)

Sometimes we know the prayers have made it through. The situation might not change right away; there might be a little more waiting, but we know God has heard us. We know we have no choice but to throw our lot in with him!

 

In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Rob Corson, Mark Stanford, Don Wilson, Ron Pearson

 

How can your church family be praying for you today? Leave your requests in the comments below.

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You can see the Bulletin here.

Entryway to a Sacred Christmas

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The more quiet and reflective Season of Advent that Christians observe each year coincides – and contrasts in many ways – with the generally frenzied and consumption-focused season of holiday preparation for a secular Christmas. This, itself, makes Christians countercultural in the face of generally prevailing commercial values and pressures. This year, we are invited to look at the coming Christ Child as a clear call to engage in doing justice and, in the process, opposing the very Empire that drives the large commercial and secular celebration around us. In these seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, we will ponder the many “isms” of Empire, and are encouraged to place ourselves in a very different position – squarely beside God and others among God’s people who yearn for justice and peace to be alive and evident in all relationships between God, people, and creation. The yearning for justice, as well as for peace and love, caused God to act and provide a voice and model for God’s desired realm in Jesus of Nazareth.

This is an approach that challenges our usual December perspective, traditions, and activities. It changes our preparation (Advent), our celebration (Christmas), and our perspective on all the days that follow (Season after the Epiphany). We do these things in the belief that they will contribute to a more meaningful Christmas celebration, and a life to follow that is more open to being the beloved community, Body of Christ, and redeemed creation, all under God’s – rather than any empire’s – rule.

Consider engaging with our daily devotional to create some quiet space throughout Advent. You are invited to join our Monday Morning Meditation Group for their December silent meditation day. Take a Saturday morning to serve by gleaning.

So let us enter Advent – the season of expectation and preparation to meet the Holy One and participate in turning empire on its head.

Expectant Choices

 

 

You can see this Sunday’s bulletin here.

Day of Silent Meditation

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The Monday morning meditation group will hold it’s next Day of Silent Meditation on Monday, December 15th, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Bring lunch, drinks and a jacket. Requested donation is $20. Call Nancy Lydon at 632-5040 if you have questions.

Christmas Eve Service

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Join us Christmas Eve for a service of glorious music and a telling of the Christmas story. Many people have made First Congregational Church’s Christmas Eve service part of their Christmas tradition. We invite you to make it a part of yours!

Painting the Stars

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Beginning Thursday evening, January 8th, we will begin a new 7-week series of teachings and discussions on science, religion, and evolving faith. The study, facilitated by Pastor Jason and featuring over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers, celebrates the communion of science and faith. Each session will include a 20 minute video and guided conversation. This will be a great opportunity to invite friends and family who have a hard time reconciling scientific and spiritual knowledge. There will be a $15.00 for materials.

Painting the Stars Trailer from Living the Questions on Vimeo.

Judaism and Jesus

This week on the radio program “On Point,” James Carroll, a former Catholic priest, and Amy-Jill Levine, a Jewish scholar of the New Testament discuss Jesus’ Jewish identity. The conversation also highlights the many ways Jesus can be meaningful for us in the 21st century. You can listen to the program below or visit the “On Point” website here.

 

The Daily: Sunday November 16, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 123 (NRSV, The Message); Judges 4:1-7 (NRSV, The Message); 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NRSV, The Message); Matthew 25:14-30 (NRSV, The Message)

For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NRSV)

 

In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Rob Corson, Mark Stanford

 

How can your church family be praying for you today? Leave your requests in the comments below.

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The Daily: Monday November 10, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 78 (NRSV, The Message); Joshua 24:25-33 (NRSV, The Message); 1 Corinthians 14:20-25 (NRSV, The Message)

In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Rob Corson, Mark Stanford

 

How can your church family be praying for you today? Leave your requests in the comments below.

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