In the scripture, the early community of believers were gathered together, learning a new way of being together in community “day by day”.
On Transgender Day of Remembrance & Visibility, First Church mourns the lives of transgender people who have been murdered over the last year. Member and former Emerging Leader Sonny Graves draws on both the pain and the promise of the story of the crucifixion of Jesus.
Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the apocalyptic nature of the Matthew text in which one is left and the other is taken. In the wake of the election and everything else that is going on the world, we may see these times as the end times.
"And the lion will lie down with the lamb." This common Christian and cultural trope isn't quite scriptural, but it is close enough to uncommon animal kingdom pairings that are mentioned in the Bible to make it relevant.
Guest musician Heatherlyn, a singer/songwriter visiting from Minnesota, sings her own composition ?Let Love Interfere? during First Church Berkeley?s 10 am worship service held at Congregation Beth El. Heatherlyn is an international troubadour, a singer/song- artist with soul, roots, and rock vibes infused throughout her songs. She finds home on the road wherever her heart is.
Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny follows up a presentation of the story of Jesus gathering his disciples (?Jesus? Chosen Family??Matthew 4:12-22) by the cast of the Summer Bible Cabaret with thoughts about fishing, faith and following.
First Church musician Greg Beattie and the Summer Bible Cabaret cast sing an original song Greg wrote called ?God Loves Every Family.? Over the course of the summer, the children and youth met during their Sunday school time to learn songs and Bible-based skits and did a performance on Friday, Sept. 9 in the First Church Sanctuary for friends and family.
In the final sermon of the series "Family: It's Complicated, "Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter discusses "the family of all".
In Luke 14:26, Jesus tells his disciples Whoever comes to me and doesn't hate father and mother, spouse and children, and brothers and sisters yes, even one's own life"cannot be my disciple." Challenging words!