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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 3rd, 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

 

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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

 

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The Daily: Sunday November 9, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 78:1-7 (NRSV, The Message); Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 (NRSV, The Message); 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NRSV The Message); Matthew 25:1-13 (NRSV, The Message)

“If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God.” Joshua 24:15 (The Message)

Again, this translation takes a familiar verse (Choose ye this day whom you will serve…) and by changing up the language a little, makes it more heart and soul soluble, helps it get in and active a bit more. If you don’t want to worship God, then pick another, pick something else. But you have to choose. “As for me and my family,” Joshua testifies, “we’ll worship God.”

We have to choose. Not choosing is to choose. So go ahead, choose wealth, choose comfort, choose power, choose lust, choose expedience, choose any of the number of gods of this land on which we live. And actually, if you chooses any of those and stick with it, they will serve you well…at least for a time..and probably at the expense of the people, the creation around you.  As for me and my house, the all-encompassing, all-loving, all-accepting God of the universe looks pretty good. Yeah, we’ll worship God.

 

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The Daily: Saturday November 8, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 78:1-7 (NRSV, The Message); Joshua 20:1-9 (NRSV, The Message); Matthew 24:1-14 (NRSV The Message)

“Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved. All during this time, the good news—the Message of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come. Matthew 24:13-14 (The Message)

I like the way the message translates this passage – takes the apocalyptic edge off. Just keep at it, stay with it to the end. We keep preaching and practicing the Kingdom. It’s an assurance to know that this is what God requires.

 

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