Author: First Congregational UCC

13
Oct

Don’t Congratulate a Cat on its Landing

When I was a child, my mother would proudly tell people, “Lillian is like a little cat. Whichever way you throw her, she always lands on her feet.” She meant it as a compliment. We had chaotic lives, moving from one country to another, my father in and out of war zones. And that was just

12
Oct

Q Source – United Church of Christ

But remember, dear friends, that the apostles of our Master, Jesus Christ, told us this would happen: “In the last days there will be people who don’t take these things seriously anymore. They’ll treat them like a joke, and make a religion of their own whims and lusts.” – Jude 1:17-18 (MSG) In the mid-first

11
Oct

Caught – United Church of Christ

As Jesus was walking along, he saw Matthew sitting at the tax booth and said to him, “Follow me.” And Matthew got up and followed him. – Matthew 9:9 (NRSV) Tax collectors of biblical times were more despised than drug dealers are today. At least some people actually want to do business with drug dealers.

11
Oct

Peace that Passes All Understanding

These are unprecedented times. I think CNN’s Jake Tapper’s description of the Presidential basically debate sums up 2020 for me: “a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck.” Many of us have been white-knuckling daily life throughout this pandemic, and somehow the news keeps getting worse. These days, I am looking for

10
Oct

Standing in the Breach – United Church of Christ

So God said he would destroy them – had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach to keep God’s wrath from destroying them. – Psalm 106:23 (NIV) Moses often found himself at odds with the people he led. Prior to their exodus from Egypt, the Israelites blamed Moses for inciting the Pharaoh’s demand