Author: First Congregational UCC

31
May

All Together Now – United Church of Christ

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. – Acts 2:1 (NRSV) The beloved Pentecost story starts with the disciples all gathered in one place. Does that give you the shivers, having by now engrained the habit of social distancing? I don’t know about you, but if I even

30
May

I Will Not Leave You Orphaned

“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.” – John 14:18-19 (NRSV) A childhood fight with my mother sent me swirling to the attic where I madly searched for

29
May

What Am I to Do with My Anger?

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” – Matthew 5:5 (NRSV) Every morning, when I open my eyes, it’s there again. It’s kept me up half the night, but in those few hours of slumber, I hoped that it might disappear. But there it is. I’m still angry. I don’t need to

29
May

UCC officers: Lynching Justice in America

A man was lynched by police in Minneapolis this week. George Floyd was lynched on the streets of Minneapolis, Minn., with the knee of an officer who needed no noose. As comrades looked on, reminiscent of the public lynchings of the past, George Floyd pleaded for breath for over 5 minutes as the callous, vigilante actions

28
May

Always Sophia – United Church of Christ

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,and in God’s word I hope;my soul waits for the Lordmore than those who watch for the morning,more than those who watch for the morning.– Psalm 130:5-6 (NRSV) Maybe it is my empathic spirit, but I can literally feel it in my chest as the psalmist waits with

27
May

Time for Discernment – United Church of Christ

The one who is from the earth … speaks as one from the earth. The one whom God has sent speaks the words of God. – John 3:31, 34 (NIV) The bombardment of contrasting news reports and conflicting political punditry in mass media has got me quite leery. I’m constantly flipping from one news outlet