Pastors' Blog

Archives: October 2017

Oct 19, 2017 - Susan DeSelms

This week, our series on the Elements of Worship continues with an exploration of the ways in which music, and especially song, contribute to our worship as a community. This is a subject I've devoted much of my life to, so it is a pleasure to have a chance to share some of my thoughts and ideas with you in a formal way! Appropriately, the Cherubs, the Carolers and the Youth will also be offering their gifts to the congregation for the first time this fall, and along with the Chancel Choir,...

Oct 12, 2017 - Amy Norton

There’s a great little book published by the UCC writers' group, called A Book of (Un)common Prayers: Extraordinary Prayers for Ordinary Occasions. It’s one of my favorites. I love it because it covers such occasions as “When I’m Stuck in Traffic,” “When I Have Dreams I am Fred Astaire,” “Thanksgiving for Sex,” and “When I Play the Lottery” (included...

Oct 05, 2017 - Amy Norton

Has anyone ever wondered how a sermon comes into being? Or what makes a sermon such a unique genre? How might Jesus have gone about preparing his “Sermon on the Mount” (or “Sermon on the Plain”, if you prefer the version in Luke)? Writing a sermon felt so daunting to me when I first started seminary, I had no idea where to begin. Do I start with...