Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2015’

“Right Now, Here, This Child” -James 3:13-4:3, 7-8, Mark 9:30-37– Sept. 20, 2015

It is amazing how contemporary some ancient conversations sound. When Jesus asked the disciples what they were arguing about on the way, “they were silent, [Mark tells us], for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.” The 2015–or 1915 or 1995– version of this little conversation is, Mom or Dad: “What were you guys …

“The One Thing”- Proverbs 1:20-33, Mark 8: 27-38 –Sept. 13, 2015

A cartoon pictures a mountainous rock out-cropping with a man in a business suit, sitting cross-legged before an old, bearded man in a white robe, also seated cross-legged. The bubble above the business man says, “I want to know the meaning of life.” And above the holy man, the bubble says, “Have you tried Googling it?” I actually did Google …

Mary’s Banner Announcement

Come, Seek, Pray, Learn.. Come be part of the old, old story this Sunday morning at 10 o’clock at Second Congregational Church, U.C.C. We light the fourth Advent candle, the Candle of Love, and our “No-Fuss Christmas Pageant” has room for any would-be shepherds, angels, animals, or Marys and Josephs! The Gospel Singers will sing, “Mary, Mary” by Avery and …

Announcements on White

“This Sunday, Sept. 13, is Rally Sunday at Second Congregational Church, UCC.  While “Rally Day” doesn’t appear on any liturgical calendar, it is a day that our church community looks forward to as we come together after the summer to begin our fall activities, including Godly Play and youth classes. We gather for worship at 10 a.m., and everyone who …

“Underneath the Anger”– James 2:1-10, 14-17, Mark 7:24-37–Sept. 6, 2015

We are in the midst of the last long weekend of summer, blessed with what is pretty much perfect weather. I get that. We have had the privilege of celebrating the sacrament of baptism this morning, marking a significant point on a life-long journey of faith of one of our sisters and daughters. And we will celebrate the sacrament of …

“Walking the Walk”- James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23– Aug. 30, 2015

It’s been another tough week in the news of the world: A refrigerator truck full of immigrants, including children, found dead on an Austrian highway, and thousands more in desperate conditions. A TV reporter and videographer shot dead at a resort in Virginia. The stock market rivaling many a roller-coaster in its sickening dives and stomach-churning rises. The presidential campaign …

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