VBS Begins

VBS Begins

Vacation Bible School began with excitement and joy! The children began by donning their green shirts, eating snacks, and Bible Study. The children are learning the call story of Samuel (1 Samuel 3:2-11) this week.

Following Bible study the children crossed the street to Summit Springs Village to make prayer flags with some of the residents. The afternoon concluded with an M&M Relay race and singing, “Here I Am, Lord!”

How tall were you? Photo by Tim Graves. Creative Commons License BY-NC-ND 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/

How tall were you? Photo by Tim Graves. Creative Commons License BY-NC-ND 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/

Does God Play Favorites?

Does God Play Favorites?

Songs in the Key of Faith logo-datedAs we continue our summer worship series on the Psalms, featuring special music by Seth Brewster, we turn to Psalm 113.

This psalm not only lifts up God, but describes some of the reasons praise & worship are merited. As we’ve seen in other parts of both the elder and younger testaments, God appears to have a preference for the downtrodden, for the oppressed, and the poor. What does this mean to the rest of us? Does God play favorites? What does it mean when liberation theologians claim that God has a “preferential option for the poor?”

Please prayerfully read and meditate on the 113th Psalm. You can read it in your favorite translation or from the Common English Bible here.

Songs in the Key of Faith Continues with Special Music by Seth Brewster

Songs in the Key of Faith Continues with Special Music by Seth Brewster

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Seth Brewster

“Songs in the Key of Faith,” the Condon United Church of Christ’s summer worship series on the Psalms, continues Sunday, July 5 at 10:30 with special music provided by local musician and music teacher Seth Brewster.  The scripture reading is Psalm 113.

The Psalms are unique in the Bible in that they were written to be sung. “They are our voices — human beings — to God. They run the gamut from deep lament and angst to great joy,” says Rev. Tim Graves, pastor of the UCC.

Dan Robinson Provides Special Music as Psalms Series Kicks Off Sunday

Dan Robinson Provides Special Music as Psalms Series Kicks Off Sunday

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Dan Robinson

A six-week worship series focusing on the Psalms features local musicians at the Condon United Church of Christ. “Songs in the Key of Faith” begins Sunday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m. 

The Psalms are unique in the Bible in that they were written to be sung. “They are our voices — human beings — to God. They run the gamut from deep lament and angst to great joy,” says Rev. Tim Graves, pastor of the UCC. 

Each week a secular song as the Psalm of the day will be paired together. The Psalm and song will be ones that express a similar emotion. Local musicians Seth Brewster, Dan Robinson, and others will lend their gifts to the morning service.

As we begin our summer series on the Psalms, Dan Robinson will provide special music this Sunday, June 28. Join us and bring a friend!

“Here I Am!” Chosen as Theme for VBS 2015

“Here I Am!” Chosen as Theme for VBS 2015

Here I Am VBS logoVacation Bible School is scheduled for July 14, 15, & 16. The focus scripture will be 1 Samuel 3:2-11. In the passage, God calls to Samuel in the night. The boy Samuel gets up and goes to his caregiver Eli saying “Here I am.” After the boy wakens him multiple times, Eli tells Samuel to respond to the voice of God with “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

Please let Tim know if you think VBS is a way in which you are able to dream beyond yourself. We will need help with food and teaching. Contact Tim at 541-256-0565, rev.timgraves@gmail.com, or via text. Once we have a core group we will schedule a planning session.