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Nov 26, 2017
Welcome, visitors! Please sign the guest register with your name and address so your presence can be acknowledged. Everyone is invited to stay for coffee.
Handicap accessible restrooms are located in the basement. Elevator is available.
If you are willing to volunteer (on a regular or irregular basis) to count the collection money, make deposits, keep track of pledges, and occasionally write checks, contact Lorrie Halblaub at 419-798-4132 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 8th.
December food/gift donations will be to Holiday Bureau rather than the Danbury Food Pantry. See your insert.
Thank you to last Sunday’s guest preacher Rev. Tom Sagendorf. Rev. Kay was attending the American Academy of Religion convention in Boston, a continuing education event.
November 26, Sunday. You are invited to help decorate the church for Christmas after our worship service.
December 24, Sunday. There will be no morning worship. Christmas Eve service will begin at 7:30, with music beginning at 7:15.
We are still recycling aluminum—cans, pots, pans, storm doors—and gas grills. All money goes to church repairs. Please call Wally Grinnell with any questions at 440-382-2833.
Church Office Phone 419-798-4612 Home Phone (419) Email: email@example.com. You are welcome to call Rev. Kay at the church or at 333-0433 home anytime.
OUR CONGREGATION’S MISSION STATEMENT
The avowed purpose of this church shall be to worship God, to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to celebrate the sacraments; to realize Christian fellowship and the unity within this church and the church universal; to render loving service toward humankind; and to strive for righteousness, justice and peace.
If you're seeking an answer to that difficult question, Barbara Brown Taylor shares your concern, for "the Bible," as she says, "is
not a book with the answers in the back" (The Preaching Life). But we can wrestle with this text because we have a bedrock, foundational
belief, a deep trust in the goodness of God, in the grace of God. We trust that we can listen for how the still-speaking God calls
us to participate in the unfolding of the reign of God, and to do so in freedom, but a freedom that comes with responsibility. Such
freedom brings joy, but the responsibility calls for serious, shared reflection on God's call and claim on our lives.
When I joined a United Church of Christ congregation years ago, the words, "freedom with responsibility," planted themselves deep in my heart. The "with responsibility" part reflects the reality that we live in community, not completely on our own. We are not, despite our brashest claims, truly self-sufficient. And the "freedom" part says that we can choose to participate in that community, or choose to do nothing, to stand on the sidelines of life. We can choose not to answer God's call. But doesn't this story tell us what will happen in the end?
And that gets to the heart of what the "goats" in this story did, in response to God's call: nothing. They weren't "sinners" in the conventional sense of doing bad things, like sexual offenses or stealing or even murder. They just didn't do anything when they saw their sisters and brothers suffering.
As Jesus describes this apocalyptic scene, a huge, dramatic event with all the nations, and all the angels, and the Son of Man coming in glory and sitting on a throne, we might say that he draws our focus not up, at all this glory, but down, on the very thing, the down-to-earth thing, that he did throughout his teaching ministry: he noticed people in their need, and he responded. In this spiritual practice, Jesus was a good and faithful Jew, observing the tradition and laws of his faith, which provided for the care of those who were suffering or in need.