Pastors' Blog

Archives: May 2021

May 27, 2021 - Kent French

Ten years ago, our church reorganized it ministry structure. When I arrived three years later, it was a specific part of my call to help United Parish live more fully into this vision of ministry and our directions of: • Exalting in Worship • Deepening in Christian Faith and Spirituality • Gathering in Community • Stewarding our Resources...

May 20, 2021 - Kent French

For the past several years, we've held a Consecration Sunday, when we bring forward our paper pledge forms to the communion table and place them in baskets. It has been a moving moment in worship, much like the embodied processional of communion, when we move together as the living, breathing, metaphysical body of Christ. We see the variety of our congregation, all shapes, sizes, colors, ages and abilities coming forward to pledge our time and money to the work of this parish, this corner of...

May 13, 2021 - Kent French

We continue our series on the three essential prayers of Help, Thanks and for this week, Wow! (based on Anne Lamott's book of the same name) as we celebrate our season of Eastertide and Stewardship.

Help is a familiar prayer. We know what it's like to need help, even if we have trouble asking for it. We also know what it's like to offer help.

Thanks is also familiar, especially if we were raised with...

May 06, 2021 - Amy Norton

Peter has had a bit of a week, when we find him in this Sunday's scripture passage. God has pretty much instructed him to let go of some of his deeply held beliefs, to let go of things that brought him a sense of comfort, connection, and familiarity, and to try structuring the church and its religious practices a little -well, quite a bit- differently. 

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