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Archives: April 2017

Apr 28, 2017 - Kent French

When I enter the doors of United Parish, I am filled with gratitude. Gratitude to be a part of such a loving place. Gratitude to be among people who want to deepen in their faith and make a hopeful and helpful difference in the world around us. Gratitude to be a part of a community that wants to continue growing and stretching into the future. Gratitude to be in a place where the Spirit is truly alive.

Over the next four Sundays, we are going to sink into this kind of gratitude and...

Apr 20, 2017 - Kent French

The Sunday after Easter is generally seen as a let-down. We go through all of the preparation and intentionality of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, culminating in a big, festive, raucous celebration on Easter morning. And then what?

Certainly all of us who work in the church take a big breath on Easter Monday. We try to take it a little easier the following week.

We had a truly fantastic Easter at United Parish, filled to the gills, everyone had a flower in their hand, a...

Apr 20, 2017 - Kent French

The Sunday after Easter is generally seen as a let-down. We go through all of the preparation and intentionality of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, culminating in a big, festive, raucous celebration on Easter morning. And then what? Certainly all of us who work in the church take a big breath on Easter Monday. We try to take it a little easier the following week.

We had a truly fantastic Easter at United Parish, filled to the gills, everyone had a flower in their hand, a trombone...

Apr 13, 2017 - Kent French

Easter, Resurrection Sunday, is the day that speaks to the core of our Christian faith. That Life triumphs over Death. That Love overcomes Hate. That God is stronger than the forces of Empire. That you cannot keep a good Messiah down.

In a faith that is supposed to be about Good News (the root meaning of “Gospel” and “Evangel”), Easter is the most Good News day of them all. And when we have Good News, what are we required to do with it? We are required to share it.

I imagine...

Apr 06, 2017 - Kent French

I was recently reading an essay by author and pastor Sara Miles, who writes about the “whiplash” of Holy Week:

Think about it. During Holy Week, we wave palms in the air and hail Jesus as king, the long-awaited messiah who’s going to save us from our oppressors, then we change our minds and scream that the oppressors should crucify him;we share a loving last supper with...