Pastors' Blog

Sep 29, 2022 - Kent French

This autumn, our worship follows our Church School curriculum, Seeking God Together. We are learning in worship alongside the youngest members of our community.

This Sunday, we look forward to welcoming the Reverend Carrington Moore, Executive Director of common cathedral, one of our ministry partners that holds worship...

Sep 22, 2022 - Kent French

This autumn, our worship follows our Church School curriculum, Seeking God Together. We are learning in worship alongside the youngest members of our community.

Many of us in this congregation lead busy lives. We fill our time with appointments, meetings, to-do lists, commitments, for ourselves and for our families. And too often, it's how we evaluate if our life has meaning: am I...

Sep 15, 2022 - Kent French

Last Sunday, we had a lively Welcome Back worship service on the lawn, punctuated with a last-minute rain shower and a quick pivot to move our usual outdoor picnic indoors. Amy and I spoke of the importance of call -- how God calls us individually and how God is calling us as a congregation amid a building crisis.

At the heart of discerning God's call for our lives is prayer, an active, ongoing, direct conversation with God. We heard last week how Moses had a direct conversation to...

Sep 08, 2022 - Kent French

This Sunday, we will hold worship on our front lawn.Family worship at 9:45amWelcome Back worship at 11amFollowed by an all-parish lunch on the lawn!

At the heart of our church's vision (from 2012) is the idea of "Call-Equip-Serve," meaning that each one of us is: 1. Called to do some kind of ministry, and can be 2. Equipped by our church community to do it, so that we...

Sep 01, 2022 - Kent French

Summer Worship Series: New BeginningsThis summer, we learn more about the faith lives of our members as they reflect on what it means to embark on new beginnings. 

"Morning by morning, new mercies I see," is a line we lovingly sing from the old hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness." It echoes these words from...

Aug 25, 2022 - Kent French

Summer Worship Series: New BeginningsThis summer, we learn more about the faith lives of our members as they reflect on what it means to embark on new beginnings. 

Jesus liked to eat. More than that, he liked eating with other people. His friends, followers, strangers on the road, perceived enemies, he sat down with all of them. And in the intimate act of sharing a meal, he saw into the heart of his companions and helped them see themselves and their lives in new ways. 

There's...

Aug 18, 2022 - Amy Norton

Summer Worship Series: New BeginningsThis summer, we learn more about the faith lives of our members as they reflect on what it means to embark on new beginnings. 

One "new beginning" we're in the midst of is troubleshooting and tweaking our sound system and livestream; we're grateful for your patience and understanding as we work to have everything shored up and in ship-shape by September!

This Sunday, United Parish high-schooler Kendall B. will offer a homily she wrote...

Aug 11, 2022 - Amy Norton

Summer Worship Series: New BeginningsThis summer, we learn more about the faith lives of our members as they reflect on what it means to embark on new beginnings. 

One "new beginning" we're in the midst of is troubleshooting and tweaking our sound system and livestream; we're grateful for your patience and understanding as we work to have everything shored up and in ship-shape by September!

This Sunday, United Parish member Joe S. will deliver a homily he wrote with his wife,...

Aug 04, 2022 - Kent French

Summer Worship Series: New BeginningsThis summer, we learn more about the faith lives of our members as they reflect on what it means to embark on new beginnings. 

Five years ago, we embarked on a new beginning by calling Amy Norton as our Acting Associate Pastor. "Acting" meant that we wanted to be sure that it worked for her and for us. Fortunately, after one year, we affirmed that it worked very well, called her as our (settled) Associate Pastor and have been grateful to grow and...

Jul 28, 2022 - Kent French

Summer Worship Series: New BeginningsThis summer, we learn more about the faith lives of our members as they reflect on what it means to embark on new beginnings. 

Anyone who's a parent can tell you that it completely changes you. It re-orients you about what's most important in life. It can regularly challenge your preconceived notions of order and purpose. It can be exhilarating and exhausting. It can stretch your resolve and patience farther than you thought possible. It will poke...

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