Advent

Advent is the season of anticipation, waiting, preparation. Interim ministry resonates strongly with this time. Part of preparing for new possibilities is both claiming and releasing present realities. There’s a tension here (isn’t there almost always?) This congregation is in an in-between, both-and place of deeply engaging with our shared ministry right now while also looking ahead toward a possible search and call process and settled, sustainable leadership. Yup, this is Advent stuff—the time in the church year when we particularly recall that God’s reign is both already present and not yet fully realized.
One of the Advent traditions is assigning themes—hope, peace, joy, love—to these four Sundays leading up to Christmas. One way we can try to dwell faithfully in in-between, both-and times is to back off a bit from struggling to figure things out, trying to nail down a meaning for these themes. Instead, we can rest a bit with non-verbal modes of presence. To that end, I’d like to offer to your imagination some images for Advent. I’m giving you words to call up images, because the best pictures are often in your own memory and imagination. So, as part of your Advent preparation, I invite you to take a few moments with these now, and dwell with each further on these Sundays and throughout the season.
Hope—a bit of green sprouting out of a dung ball.
Peace—a baby fallen asleep at its mother’s breast.
Love—the whole chocolate chip cookie, of which we are the bits.
Joy—a spring-snowmelt-rushing stream dappled in sunlight.
Blessings!
Pastor David

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Interim Pastor David Zaworski begins ministering with Condon UCC

Greetings! This will be a very short post, just to say I’m here and jumping into Condon life and the work of the church.

I’m still very much in the midst of unpacking into the parsonage and just beginning to find my way into the workings of the church. I have my Gilliam County Library card.  I’ve introduced myself to a number of folks around town. My first worship service here as interim pastor will begin in just over an hour.

Over the next couple weeks I’ll plan to do a bit of updating of this website and have a few more thoughts to post in this blog space.

I’m delighted to be here as interim pastor of Condon United Church of Christ. I look forward to being in touch with you!

Blessings always,
Pastor David Zaworski

The Prophet Speaks

The Prophet Speaks

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Our journey to Bethlehem begins today with a word from the prophets. Speaking to another people in another place and time, the prophet Isaiah speaks anew to those who follow Jesus. Just as the prophet gives voice to the hope of God to the Israelites of the past, he gives hope to us in a new era filled with new challenges and fears. Hear the words anew! Hear the still speaking God’s through our holy scriptures.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2 CEB