Author: First Congregational UCC

12
Apr

Celebrating Easter in this Extraordinary Time

In his Holy Week message, United Church of Christ General Minister and President the Rev. John C. Dorhauer encourages all in the wider church to find joy in the risen Christ, despite social distancing. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 

11
Apr

Nothing, Everything – United Church of Christ

Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.” – Matthew 27:59-60 “Take nothing with you,” Jesus once told his disciples. No stuff. No encumbrances. No defenses. Nothing unnecessary. Light as a feather, free as a bird.

10
Apr

You Didn’t Have to Do That

Then Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him.” – John 19:16-18a When my wife had to be hospitalized for an extended

09
Apr

To Do – United Church of Christ

For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. – John 13:15 I am a Red Number Christian. My email inbox serves as something of a “to do” list. Clear inboxes mean much has been accomplished—at least of the things people ask of me. The little

08
Apr

You Will Betray Me – United Church of Christ

And while they were eating, Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” They were deeply grieved and began to ask him, “Surely not I, Lord?” – Matthew 26:21-22 A friend recently went back on her word and I felt betrayed. How dare she! After all, people are supposed

07
Apr

An Ancient Ordinary Thing – United Church of Christ

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, do everything in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God through him. – Colossians 3:16-17, excerpted (NRSV) In a recent article, science writer Ferris Jabr describes the