Guest preacher Rev. Jim Antal, UCC climate activist, shares stories of defiant hope in response to climate change, lifting up the powerful actions that many are taking to do so. He exhorts communities of faith to commit—to face the challenge and join with others in taking action. In the scripture for the morning, Paul says to the people of Corinth “you are my letter to the world.
When Jesus told his followers that the kingdom of God was among them, he was inviting them to step into the adventure of engaging the world with all its challenges. We can sink into cynicism and despair in the face of the world’s peril or we can choose to act with hope and even joy, each of us playing a part in healing the world.
If was a something of a miracle that Moses survived to adulthood, given the political situation at the time when the Israelites’ boy children were being murdered.
The earth is hardly built to human scale. Much of is habitable, but much isn’t, and even some of the places that are friendly on a day-to-day basis are plagued by occasional natural and man-made disasters. Though humankind was granted dominion according to the Genesis scripture, we may have overdone it and now we have climate change to cope with.
Guest preacher Ken Iha suggests that if we are made in God’s image, then surely the wildness of God is in us as well. That wildness includes imagination, creativity, problem-solving, wonder, awe, and delight. And as in the scripture passage for the morning, there is so much to experience in the “still, small voice.”
How big is God? God is so big that Ze cannot be described or contained by any single word.
Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman explores the story of Job, a righteous man who is tested as his blessings are stripped away from him by God. He ponders and laments his own state and is challenged by his friends. But Job speaks honestly of his suffering to God.
In the Bible, stories about the wilderness take place in the desert, like the story of Jesus’ forty days and nights when he was tempted. In western fairy tales, the wilderness is portrayed as the dark forest.
In the first of a sermon series called “The Wildness of God,” Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the fragility of life and the power of God. Although we often emphasize the loving nature of God, God is also in the earthquake and the strong wind. And things get broken—we are broken.
Director of Youth Programs Trust Hilton and members of the senior high youth group, Winthrop, have recently returned from their work camp in Stockton, CA. The group cared for the facilities of a homeless shelter there and painted parts of the local UCC church.