Provision in the Wilderness – Manna

Coastal Cleanup 2014

IMG_2884A group from First Congregational United Church of Christ was at Phipps Oceanfront Park on Saturday morning to help clean up the beach as part of The International Coastal Cleanup. There was a great turnout from the rest of the community as well. Our beach cleaners were even featured on the Palm Beach Daily News website!

 

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PEACE Listening Meeting

PEACElisteningYou are invited to join us next Sunday, September 28th, for our PEACE kickoff meeting. This meeting will introduce you to how the People Engaged in Active Community Efforts organization operates, what issues we will be working with this year, and how you can be a vital part of  practical change in Palm Beach County. We hope to see you there!

The Daily: Thursday September 18, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Exodus 15:22-27 (NRSV, The Message); Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 (NRSV, The Message); 2 Corinthians 13:1-4 (NRSV The Message)

 

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Meredith Button, Paul Bennett, Ron Pearson, Sandra (a friend of Faustina), Susan Frisby, Julia (Stephanie’s daughter), Miriam McIlvaine, Howard Austen

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The Daily: Wednesday September 17, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: 2 Kings 2:1-18 (NRSV, The Message); Psalm 77 (NRSV, The Message); Mark 11:20-25 (NRSV The Message)

He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over. When the company of prophets who were at Jericho saw him at a distance, they declared, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” They came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.  2 Kings 2:14-15 (NRSV)

Man, there are rivers splitting everywhere! Once a miracle/motif is used in scripture, it is sometimes used again as a teaching device. In this case, when someone heard a story that included a body of water being split, they would perk up and recognize, “Ah! the power of God is here!”

I’m wondering, what are the signs of God in your life? What are the things you can point to and say, I know God is at work when this happens?

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Meredith Button, Paul Bennett, Ron Pearson, Sandra (a friend of Faustina), Susan Frisby, Julia (Stephanie’s daughter), Miriam McIlvaine, Howard Austen

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The Daily: Monday September 15, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Joshua 3:1-17 (NRSV, The Message); Psalm 77 (NRSV, The Message) Hebrews 11:23-29 (NRSV The Message)

Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the water, 16the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while those flowing toward the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, were wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho.   Joshua 3:15-16 (NRSV)

Another instance of the people of Israel crossing a body of water. The details here are a little different, however. God saves, God delivers in different ways. Our trust isn’t in the specific circumstances. It is in God.

By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward.   Hebrews 11:24-26 (NRSV)

So I have never noticed this before. Paul is doing some creative preaching here. Because Moses did not do what he did for the sake of (who we understand as) Christ. Here, scripture itself is expanding our understanding of Christ, introducing us to a Cosmic Christ, who was and is and is to come. A Christ that is larger than the Jesus of history.

If Christ was present with Moses, then Christ is present with me today, with you today. Good news indeed!

 

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Meredith Button, Paul Bennett, Ron Pearson, Sandra (a friend of Faustina), Susan Frisby, Julia (Stephanie’s daughter), Miriam McIlvaine

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Road to Freedom

Evening of Worship and Prayer

The_Art_and_Practice_WIDEYou are invited to join us as we begin a new tradition at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Each month on the third Wednesday we will gather together to worship and pray. We will sing hymns and simple songs, engage a series of teachings on “The Art and Practice of Prayer,” and lift up one another and our world in prayer. Let’s take the opportunity to turn our hearts toward God and practice together living in His presence.

If you play and instrument or would like to assist in leading worship, see Pastor Jason.

CROS Ministries End Hunger Walk

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This year, we will once again be participating in Christian Reaching Out to Society’s End Hunger Walk. The End Hunger Walk is a 5K (3.1 miles) along Flagler Drive. We walk rain or shine. Walkers are encouraged to make banners, posters, and/or tee-shirts to identify themselves. Each walker is encouraged to collect a minimum of $100 in monetary pledges for their participation as well as a can of tuna or jar of peanut butter. All funds raised at the Walk go to support CROS Ministries’ programs. For more information or to sign up, please contact Janet Lisle.

Since 1978, CROS Ministries has provided food and basic needs assistance to people living in food insecure and low-income households in South Florida. Utilizing the talents of more than 3,000 volunteers, our programs help families and individuals from falling into the downward spiral of poverty, food insecurity, and in many cases homelessness. They include: seven community food pantries; The Caring Kitchen, a hot meal and social services program, summer camps, an after-school snack program, a weekend food backpack program, and a gleaning and food recovery program. All services are provided without regard to race, religion, national origin, marital status, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

The Daily: Saturday September 13, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Exodus 15:19-21 (NRSV, The Message); Psalm 114 (NRSV, The Message); Matthew 6:7-15 (NRSV, The Message)

Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them: ‘Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.’   Exodus 15:20-21 (NRSV)

Singing, dancing, tambourines – what a glorious image of worship! The words of their song though – celebrating someone being thrown into the sea – and what about that poor horse? How do we celebrate and thank God for the victories in our own lives without celebrating the pain of others?

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Meredith Button, Paul Bennett, Ron Pearson, Sandra (a friend of Faustina), Susan Frisby, Julia (Stephanie’s daughter), Miriam McIlvaine

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