What Works (part 1):
I was asked recently to contribute my thoughts and practices for a lecture and discussion of what works for churches of different sizes. I was hesitant to do it, somewhat because I didn’t want to spend the time to prepare for it. But that is only half of the truth. I spend time doing all sorts of things that on the surface do not seem important to most people. Being a minister means that I have the opportunity to sit and talk with someone with no action items to assign, no agenda to work through. I get to just share space with people.
1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 21 January 2018
How do we respond to the urgency of the Spirit of God without absorbing anxiety? Especially when 2000 years later we are often told that the actual end is still looming any day now?
1 Samuel 3:1-20; John 1:43-51
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 14 January 2018
On Friday night, a few of us gathered to play music and sing together. It was the first time this event has happened since I have been here. I hope it will continue every other month or so. I hope more of us can take the opportunity to relax and play together.
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 7 January 2018
During our last Life-Long-Learning series, Father Michael Oleksa described the Iñupiat blanket toss. I was familiar at least with the practice of doing it, although before a month ago I would have been at a loss as to where its origins were.