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Nov 19, 2017 • 10 am • Discipleship: The Venture of the New Creation

Guest preacher Rev. Lynice Pinkard deconstructs the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) to expose the greed and inequality that was represented in the story. She calls us all the a “dissident discipleship” which rejects the status quo and moves toward the way of love. The Kingdom of God is an alternative script, a viable choice. We can shift our attention from ourselves to each other.

Nov. 12, 2017 • 10 am • Midnight Oil

Five foolish bridesmaids, five wise bridesmaids, ten lamps, a limited amount of oil, a bridegroom and a wedding feast—this was the subject of the mornings’ scripture (Matthew 25:1-13), an allegory about the kingdom of God.

Oct 1, 2017 • 10 am • By What Authority

First Church Public Theologian in Residence Marvin K. White uses the power of prophetic poetry to invite the congregation to “walk” in much the same way that Jesus walked with and among his people. He calls us to the humble pace of walking—the common and the pedestrian—and to “walking with” those that Jesus walked with.

Aug 13, 2017 • 10 am • The Love Economy

In a week that saw the ramping up of tension and the threat of military and even nuclear response between the US and North Korea, and demonstrations by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Senior Minister Molly Baskette found it hard to create a sermon about God’s love as a solution.

July 23, 2017 • 10 am • Two Steps and a Hug

A minister colleague of Senior Minister Molly Baskette described the experience of attending the recent UCC General Synod, the national denominational meeting, as “two steps and a hug”—that he couldn’t go much farther than that before being warmly greeted by someone he knew.