Forming and Nurturing Our Faith Continuing to Learn and Grow – For All Ages
Faith Formation Resources for the beginning weeks of the new year. Fun projects you can do at home for the entire Family! Click the buttons below to print yours.
Remember: The little ones feel “Quarantine Fatigue” too! It’s important to keep them engaged and provide outlets for their creativity. We know parents everywhere must be chomping at the bit for schools to be back in session and regular activities return to pre-Covid schedules. We hope this series of activities provides some quality time for your family during this holiday season!
in which we find ourselves puzzling over the Wisdom of the World vs. the Wisdom of God
Scripture Reading: Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 1:18-25
Worship & Message: Rev. Stacy Thomas
Liturgist: Cindy Speakman
Tech Team: Colleen Briner-Schmidt and Sean Baker
Music: Diane Birchman, John Paton, Joan Thompson
In Paul’s first letter to the Church in Corinth, he explains two different ways of knowing – having wisdom – available to humanity. The first kind of wisdom is the wisdom of the world, created via different cultures and power structures. The second kind of wisdom is the wisdom of God, from God. And God’s wisdom is different from the world’s wisdom.
Paul declares that the cross reveals the wisdom and power of God. Such a statement would have been confounding to the Corinthians, because the cross was the opposite of power, and certainly not to be seen as the power of God. The cross was the cruelest form of execution, designated only for the most abhorrent criminals. What kind of message is this, Paul? How undignified, how scandalous, how outrageous, how … foolish to the world this message is! Yet, this message of God’s scandalous, outrageous, transforming love exemplified and borne by a “convicted felon,” in the words of Frederick Beuchner, is the Good News. It makes no sense, but neither does a group of rag-tag disciples made up of fisherfolk, tax collectors, and such. Neither do the Beatitudes – Blessed are the meek? Blessed are the poor? What nonsense … what foolishness! What about Jesus’ eating with “sinners and tax collectors” – the outcasts, the undeserving, the excluded? Undignified! Peace? Justice? Mercy? Grace? Shameful and scandalous to the world – wisdom to God.
This foolishness – this absurdity – in the eyes of the world is the wisdom of God.
Are you responding to the wisdom of the world, or the wisdom of God?
Join us on Sunday as we puzzle together that which is wise and that which is absurd!
~ Toward Embracing Life, Faith, Hope, and Love Together,
Worship begins at 10:00 AM.
Here is the Zoom Information:
Topic: Sunday Morning Worship Gathering in the Midst
Time: Sundays 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
In anticipation of our Virtual Worship Gatherings beginning on Sunday, March 22, we are sending out this message to help you navigate the virtual meeting platform, called ZOOM, that we will be using. ZOOM is very easy to use, and anyone can join the meetings (Worship Gatherings, or any other meeting, such as Council, Deacons, Mutual Ministry, Transition Team, Beyonders, Women’s Gathering, or other small groups which we anticipate creating during this time).
First, you will receive an e-mail from the person “hosting” (creating, facilitating) the particular meeting.
Open your e-mail message, and read it to make sure you know the date and time of the specific meeting (for example, for Sunday Worship, the meeting date will be March 22, and the time will be 10:00 AM).
There will be a link for you to click on, taking you right into the ZOOM meeting. Alternatively, there will also be a list of phone numbers for you to use if you prefer to join the meeting by calling in. You will need to have the password handy, so that you can enter it, so that you join the right meeting.
Request Your Zoom Link !
The wonderful thing about using ZOOM is that you don’t need a computer or a smartphone, you can use your landline! Everyone will be able to participate.
Approximately at 9:50 AM, on Sunday morning, open your e-mail message with the invitation to Worship, and click on the provided link (or call in by using one of the provided phone numbers).
If you click on the link, you will automatically join the meeting.
If you call in, you will need to provide the given password.
I encourage you to start early, in case one of the phone numbers doesn’t work and you need to try a different one.
Likewise, sometimes it can take a little time to access ZOOM via computer or smartphone, and we want everyone to be able to join the meeting in a timely manner.
We’ll see you in Worship! Watch your e-mail inbox for up-to-date information, and please share it with those who do not have internet access or an e-mail address. Thank you in advance!
Remember, we are all in this together. Even though we may be scattered throughout the county, the state, the country, or the globe, we are still the Church, united together through our love, our compassion, our commitment, and our faith. We are still God’s family. Now, more than ever, we need one another, and we need God. God is always with us, connecting us heart to heart, spirit to spirit. Know that you may contact Rev. Stacy for pastoral care, support, and counseling to help you through this challenging wilderness of the unexpected. Council members are also available to provide their assistance. We ask for your continued patience as we continue to learn to be the Church in new, exciting ways. We are encouraged by the many ideas we have, and the many opportunities this forced physical distance will bring us all. To God be the glory, now and forever. Amen.
With Peace, Grace, Comfort, and Love in the Time of Coronavirus,
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