Author: First Congregational UCC

06
May

Earth’s Joy – United Church of Christ

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth.Worship the LORD with gladness…Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving.– Psalm 100:1-2, 4 (NRSV) I was tired before the pandemic overtook our days, our news, our livelihoods. Far from dancing my way into God’s presence, I was crawling to the gates with my body tired and my

06
May

UCC Board begins process to renominate AGM Traci Blackmon

The United Church of Christ Board of Directors is beginning the renomination process for the Rev. Traci Blackmon as UCC Associate General Minister, and is inviting members of the wider church to offer comments on her leadership. Rev. Blackmon completes her first four-year term in office on July 20, 2021. Following UCCB Standing Rules, a UCCB

05
May

One-Hit Wonder – United Church of Christ

Worship God with gladness; come before God with joyful songs. – Psalm 100:2 (NIV) When I was a child, I used to joke about elders at my childhood church who sang the same songs over and over again. Like clockwork, if these folks led a prayer or gave a testimony, they always sang the same

04
May

Learn to Weep – United Church of Christ

When Jesus saw her weeping, and those who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. … Jesus began to weep. – John 11:33, 35 (NRSV) Several years ago, in an unscripted moment, a little girl in Manila asked the visiting Pope Francis why God allows children to suffer.

03
May

Advocate in Place – United Church of Christ

This week, the world passed a grim threshold. Over 3 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, and 1/3 of those reported are here in the U.S. The past few months have brought much grief and anxiety. Most of us know people whose lives or livelihoods have been deeply impacted, and many have ourselves

02
May

Manna and Meat – United Church of Christ

The Israelites also wept again, and said, “If only we had meat to eat…now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.” – Numbers 11:4, 6 (NRSV) We’ve all been thinking about essential workers lately. Everything would have ground to a halt, then imploded, long ago