Rhythm of Word

Month: January 2018

What Works (part 1)

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.

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2000 Years of Urgency and Waiting

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?

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Who’s Voice Was That?

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.

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Reconnecting the Dots

Mark 1:4-11

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.

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