Author: First Congregational UCC

07
Apr

California church hosts drive-up Palm Sunday service

A small congregation in California came together as one community on Palm Sunday in a drive-in service that began and concluded in the church parking lot — after members caravanned through town to mark Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The Rev. Nancy Bacon of Tehachapi Community Church United Church of Christ led the 10:30 a.m.

06
Apr

With His Own Blood – United Church of Christ

With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. – Hebrews 9:12 Some of us have an aversion to what can be described as the ‘Blood Narrative’ of the Gospel. Some say the ‘Blood Narrative’ and its corresponding songs are

05
Apr

Grounded

Someone wise said that walking is just controlled falling. When we put one foot in front of the other, we control our falling every time we move. We make a decision to move on. Source link

04
Apr

Radical Rest-Taking – United Church of Christ

Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work: it is a sabbath to the Lord throughout your settlements. – Leviticus 23:3 Growing up in a sabbath-observing tradition, I often found it unfair that my siblings and I weren’t allowed

03
Apr

The Relief of Facts – United Church of Christ

So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live. – Numbers 21:9 (NRSV) A novel threat has invaded the camp of the Israelites. Poisonous snakes are biting people, and they’re dropping like flies. Everybody’s

02
Apr

Honest to God – United Church of Christ

My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. – Psalm 31:15 I wonder if Jesus prayed Psalm 31 before his entry into Jerusalem. The Gospel of Luke says that next Friday, he prayed—or more accurately, cried—part of the psalm as he died on the cross: “Into your