December 16, “Mary Knew”

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Works Cited & Consulted: “Mary Did you Know?” by Mark Lowry and Buddy Green (1996). I first learned about the “Defiant Requiem” from a sermon the Rev. Amy Butler preached titled “And Hear the Angels Sing.” Sermon was preached December 15, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC. I learned more about the Defiant […]

December 9, 2018, “Prepare”

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Works Cited: Mary Oliver’s “Making the House Ready for the Lord” is published in her collection Thirst (Boston: Beacon Press, 2006). Rachel Naomi Remen speaks beautifully about the Jewish philosophy of “Tikkun Olam” on Krista Tippett’s On Being. You can listen to an excerpt of this interview here.

November 25, 2018, “Reign of Christ: Love is Lord”

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Works Cited/Consulted: Tim Challies, “The History of Christianity in 25 Objects,” https://www.challies.com/articles/the-history-of-christianity-in-25-objects-rylands-library-papyrus-p52/, March 21, 2013. The Salt Project, “True Power: Salt’s Lectionary Commentary for Reign of Christ the King Sunday.” http://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/christ-the-king-lectionary-commentary, November 20, 2018. Lila Damon in our own Children’s Time from March 26, 2017, which you can listen to here. Molly Baskette, “Jesus is Lord,” UCC’s […]

Stewardship Testimony: Carly & Brandon Hall 11/4/18

Today’s stewardship testimony was shared by Carly and Brandon Hall. Thank you, Carly and Brandon, for your kindness, courage, and leadership in our church and our world. You are both incredible, and we are lucky and blessed to call you church family.

November 4, 2018, “Presente! We are Here.”

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Inspired by a sermon written by the Rev. Nancy Taylor at South Church in Boston, our worship today involved celebrating our ancestors and acknowledging their presence with us by calling out “presente!” Listen here, join us in celebrating our loved ones’ presence, and call out the names of your beloved ancestors, too!

October 28, 2018, “Generosity as a Spiritual Practice”

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In worship today we held silence for the people of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. And we held joy for a Sunday School bursting with little ones getting faces painted at our Pumpkin Party. And we held space to ponder transformation together. That’s what this sermon is about – God calling us to lives […]

October 21, 2018, “To Tell the True Story is to Heal”

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Note: today’s sermon, on David and Bathsheba, discusses sexual assault in Bathsheba’s story and in our stories. This might not be a sermon to listen to if little ones are present. Works Cited & Consulted: Jackson Katz, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, (Naperville, Illinois: Sourcebooks, Inc., […]