Pastors' Blog

Mar 14, 2019 - Kent French

Do you ever question if God even exists? Or are you rock-solid sure about the existence of God? Are you somewhere in between? 

Do you ever have God moments -- those times when you have a sense of God or something God-like breaking through and touching your heart, mind and soul? Something like the re-awakening of nature each Spring, the first breaths of a newborn, holding the hand of a dying loved one, looking out at some immense natural beauty in the world?

Do you think of God...

Mar 07, 2019 - Kent French

This past Wednesday, we began the season of Lent once again. We take the word "Lent" from lengthen for the lengthening of days (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere). We take time to dig deeper and more intentionally into our souls, to find new and creative ways to grow in faith in relationship with God and others. This year, we are exploring what it means to express our faith, with opportunities to do that collectively and individually.

We...

Feb 28, 2019 - Kent French

Next Wednesday, March 6, is the beginning of Lent. We heartily invite all of you to join us in all the ways we seek to deepen spiritually in the season. 

Exploring our Faith Lenten Study, beginning Sunday, March 10.

We would like as many people as possible to participate in this exploration. We will pair up weekly workshops with our themes in worship.

These are some of the questions we will explore in our upcoming study:• What does it mean to have faith?• What is faith...

Feb 21, 2019 - Kent French

If you ever think Jesus is not radical enough, try this on:"Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you...and lend to them without expecting to get anything back." (...

Feb 14, 2019 - Amy Norton

Dear United Parish family,

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be diving into a sermon that Jesus gave to his followers (this Sunday in Luke 6:17-26 and next Sunday in Luke 6:27-38). In Matthew's Gospel, these passages are called the Sermon on the Mount, as Jesus delivers it from atop a high hill, reminiscent...

Feb 07, 2019 - Amy Norton

Greetings to you and peace, from the One who is and was and is to come!

Over the past 6 weeks, our children and youth (and teachers and staff) have embarked on a new project called Epiphany Term! The Church School teachers have been using a curriculum created by members of our Children & Youth Deepening Ministry Team that explores immigration and refugees, hunger and food insecurity, and diversity and identity. These lessons have been centered around learning ways to welcome and...

Jan 31, 2019 - Kent French

Right now, we are in the liturgical season of Epiphany. Not every church observes this as a season, but lately we have. It stretches from January 6, the day when we commemorate the arrival of the Magi, or wise ones from the East who bring their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and stretches until Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 6 this year.

Epiphany means revelation or insight. Throughout this season, the assigned Gospel readings (from the...

Jan 24, 2019 - Kent French

This Sunday we will look at the story of Jesus going back to preach in his hometown. It starts out well, but then turns kind of rough. The congregation chases him to the edge of a cliff and threatens to toss him off of it. Check it out (Luke 4:14-30).

The story always makes me wonder what kind of preaching would cause our congregation or any other to get so mad during a sermon that you would chase a preacher to the...

Jan 17, 2019 - Wilson Hood

 This Sunday, as our community joins together for our regular weekly gathering, we will also be making time in our church school and worship to center on the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we typically do every year on the Sunday before the federal holiday in his honor.

Many people know that Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is a national holiday. But did you know that MLK Day was...

Jan 09, 2019 - Amy Norton

Whenever I think about Jesus' Baptism, I think of this scene from Godspell. I hear David Haskell's voice as John the Baptist, shouting out "...and he will baptize you all with the Holy Spirit, and with fiyahhhhh!!!" That's what came to mind when I was reading one of this Sunday's lectionary texts, Isaiah 43:1-7...

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