Author: First Congregational UCC

01
Apr

Noah’s Advice – United Church of Christ

God said to Noah, “Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.” … At the end of the forty days, Noah opened the window of the ark. – Genesis 6:14 and 8:6 (NRSV) Noah’s ark is the boat God uses to spare Noah,

31
Mar

The Hard Stuff – United Church of Christ

“For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” But they understood nothing about these things.” – Luke 18:32-34 Just as we are now nearing the end

30
Mar

Everything Is Changing – United Church of Christ

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:34 (NRSV) Today’s trouble is enough for today. Jesus, you got that right. You know what the trouble is: a novel coronavirus that has an alarming fraction of the global population ill or

29
Mar

Provoking Love – United Church of Christ

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds. – Hebrews 10:24 Every once in a while, I will run across a Facebook post where someone is asking their friends to shift the conversation from what is wrong in the world to something fun or to share what they are

29
Mar

Stay Home, Stay Engaged – United Church of Christ

I was last in my office on March 13th, not only because the United Church of Christ national office building is closed and all staff are working from home, but also (and more importantly) because I developed a dry cough. Consequently, I began self-isolating, assuming I may have COVID-19. I can’t know this for sure