Nothing can separate us from the love of God. So says this mornings passage from Romans. Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny reflects on the nature of separation and distance drawing from her own early experience of leaving home to go to college and later moving across the country from her family.
In the scripture, the early community of believers were gathered together, learning a new way of being together in community “day by day”.
In this season following Easter, there is good reason for us to find and claim our joy. Rev. Molly and Rev. Phil share their excitement about finding joy even in troubling times.
Palm Sunday is the beginning of a series of events leading up to Easter Sunday.
On Friday, September 30, 2016 a fire damaged part of the First Church Berkeley campus. The church was unable to worship in the Sanctuary, so we met at 2 pm on Oct. 2 at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley across the street.
Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter reads a passage from the book of Acts (4:32-35) describing how the early communities of Jesus' followers shared what they had so no one was in need. He suggests that in this time, "we" is a powerful idea?to see how powerful it is for us to come together across lines that may seem to keep us apart.
First Church members Curt Wands-Bourdoseau, Diana Graham and Tim Sweetser share their stories in testimony to their faith. Curt speaks of times in his life when he "quaked" in God's presence upon being challenged to help victims of poverty and oppression.
Congregation members tell their own stories of what they were looking for when the came to First Church.
During the summer of 2015, First Church explored the theme "True Stories: Reclaiming Testimonies.? Members were invited to share some of the stories of their faith journeys. On Sunday, July 12, Frederica Bunge shared her reflections.