I went from feeling confused, left out, and generally uncomfortable to being in the moment. I was drawn into the speaker’s words and indeed felt el Espíritu en esa lugar ( the Spirit in that place). I don’t know what I expected the night to look like. I do know that I was glad to worship among these followers of Christ. Praise be to God. Alabaré (I will praise).
Maggie Sebastian, a member of Condon UCC, continues to write about her experiences in Guatemala. She is currently in an immersion language program at a school in Xela (Quetzaltenango). Later this month she will join the Providence Hospital Surgical Mission Team as their chaplain. Read Maggie’s full post here.
Condon UCC is actively praying for and talking about transformation this year. This meme reminds us that with all growth, with any change, we will face loss and grief for the past. In all this, however, we know that our God is a God of resurrections and hope.
Do we want to be a part of the unfolding realm of God enough to give up being caterpillars?
As we begin the God-guided, Spirit-led process of re-inventing and transforming our church, the following video is worth viewing. Phyllis Tickle provides a broad historical overview of where we find ourselves in 2014.
You may also want to listen to Tim’s sermon from Sunday if you missed it.
From the sermon:
“Consider that we live in a era when the church is floundering and is increasingly viewed as irrelevant. We all know that the church must find a way to change that. Some want to keep doing the same thing we’ve always done and hope that people will miraculously come back and start filling pews again. But just as the Temple wasn’t coming back for the Jewish people, that is not going to happen for us.” Read the entire sermon at Tim’s personal blog.