Three Great Loves

The General Synod of the UCC meets every two years and its meeting dates often extend over the fourth of July.  Many years there is jubilation on that day as the Synod winds down its business and we all look back, and some years it is more sobering, but always,

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For The Good Ones

The disciples ask for a teaching about prayer and Jesus offers this one–what we call the “Our Father…” or the Lord’s Prayer. When I was growing up in the church there were only a few correct ways to refer to, or talk to, God. You could call him Father or

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Welcome to Us, All

Nearly late, I slid into the seat next to her just before the speaker began. We smiled and introduced. Joan was from just outside Houston so she’d driven in to the meeting early that morning, avoiding the traffic. I told her about my flight, the weather, the plane repairs, missing

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A Spacious Spirituality

Philippians 1:3-11 Welcome…and thank you for letting me give the sermon this morning, on Pentecost Sunday and the last Sunday in our worship theme of “Love Letters.” In case you haven’t heard, we’re moving away in a few weeks, and next year I’ll be attending Interfaith Seminary. On the application

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Wide Margins

I just returned from a continuing education event, the Festival of Homiletics. It is a blessed gift to have continuing education, (thank you) a time to gather with colleagues in the same field, learn from the best presenters, and remember what in this often-challenging work first beckoned to the heart,

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Senior Sunday

On Sunday, May 21, 2017 our high school youth group hosted Senior Sunday, where our graduating seniors share thoughts on their UCG experience. In this service our youth choose every song, write every prayer, and lead our hearts to a deeper appreciation of who we are as a spiritual community.

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An Open Letter to the Broken-hearted

I Kings 19:1-13 The Bible, like many sacred writings, contains love letters, given and received. Letters of passionate longing like Song of Solomon, “Kiss me again and again, for your love is sweeter than wine.” Letters of regret like Psalm 51—“Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right

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Beyond Empire – Easter Sunday

Shelly: One of the most joyful parts of our jobs is to lead worship services on Easter Day. But one of the hardest things for ministers preaching on Easter Day is to think of a good sermon title. As evidence of this, Andy and I give you a short list

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Palming off Our Creeds

In some Bibles, the Palm Sunday story is sometimes subtitled, “the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem” which is ironic, of course, since the word triumphal implies that somebody is the victor and somebody else is the defeated and that is precisely NOT what this event is about. It is a public

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Service Times

Sunday Services:
10:00am

Adult Seminars:
Resume in September

Meditation in the Chapel:
9:00am