Worship Guide 5/19/2024

  Sunday, May 19th, 2024 at 10 AM in the Church and Zoom Sanctuaries

Worship Guide

See you Sunday!

I look forward to being back with you in worship on Sunday!  Last weekend, I was in Santa Cruz with Roberta and my whole family to celebrate the life of my younger brother, Doug.  The memorial service in the Soquel Congregational Church was packed with people, and many loving sentiments and stories were shared.  The positive impact of that memorial on my soul reminded me of the healing power that is latent in ritual.  We are “wired” for ceremony – for moments when we physically gather and engage all our senses toward the end of fresh memory-making and the reconciliation and transformation of relationships.  That’s what our Sunday worship is all about, too!

I’m very blessed to have a childhood best friend.  We bonded at age 6 in our small town in Ohio.  In so many ways, we are each other’s creations!  I cannot even imagine who or what I’d be if I had not been Bruce Urbschat’s friend.  He is in the ICU in Penn Hospital in Philadelphia, and I’m on my way to visit him for a few days.  He has stage 4 renal cancer and a few days ago his remaining kidney failed – he’s on the mend from that, and will begin radiation soon, but still is in pretty tough shape.  I’ll be back on Sunday, but I will miss the Patio Sale.

Making mosaics after worship will be a balm to my soul, too!  There have been a lot of broken pieces in my life lately, so it’s my prayerful intention that putting some physical bits and shards together in a creative way will propel me toward a fresh and positive integration of it all.  

See you then!


See you Sunday! 

See you at Church!

PS:  If you’d like to subscribe to my weekly blog, “musings”, email me at jtburklo@yahoo.com and I’ll put you on the list!

P.S.S.:  In addition to being your pastor, I’m also the (volunteer) Executive Director of ProgressiveChristiansUniting.org .  I’m leading its main project, a new global network of progressive Christian ministries at colleges and universities called ZOE…  zoeoncampus.org . 


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