God, may the words on these pages and the meditations of our hearts as we read and listen be acceptable in your sight. Amen.
Some weeks our preachers will pose a question for your reflection throughout the week as a follow-up to the sermon. Watch for this Sermon + logo. Engage in community with the question at our Facebook page Community United Church of Christ.
In this sermon, Pastor Tony contends that the body of the Messiah Jesus, the church, is the true safety net, the true catcher of people. As we reimagine church in a complicated and always changing world, how might it occupy the gap between what is possible electorally and what all life needs to thrive?
Joseph? (text) Rev. Tony Hoshaw Joseph? (audio)
In his sermon on Sunday, Tony casually mentioned God choosing David because of David's beauty (1 Samuel 16:12). God chooses Saul for the same reason (1 Samuel 9:2). Have you noticed these texts before? What do you make of them?
Christ the King Sunday (text) Śānti Matthews
? Meditate on these photos and consider the questions in the post
A Culture of Belonging (text) Rev. Tony Hoshaw
A Culture of Belonging (audio)
? How can you create a culture of belonging where you live and work?
October 27, 2019 The Message Fully Proclaimed (text) Rev. Tony Hoshaw
The Message Fully Proclaimed (audio)
How to Interpret the Bible (text) Rev. Tony Hoshaw
How to Interpret the Bible (audio)
? In the Bible find all the animals you can, OR look around you and observe the animals you discover this week. What do they teach you about being human? Email Pastor Tony who is collecting your observations.
In the sermon, Pastor Tony referenced his friend and colleague, Jared Beverly, creator of the youtube channel Furmeneutics, hosted by Katav the Bible-interpreting wolf.
September 15, 2019 The Art of נָחַם Rev. Tony Hoshaw
? Pastor Tony talked about the art of taking a breath. When we take a breath, we put a little space between how we feel and what we want do about it. In this way, we are more likely to take the risk of kindness. How will you take the risk of kindness this week?
Why Are We Here? Rev. Tony Hoshaw
? At the University of Chicago business school, there is a neon sign that reads, "What are you here rather than somewhere else?" It is a startling question--but a good one. Why are you at Community rather than somewhere else?
Keeping Hope Alive Rev. Tony Hoshaw
? If faith is the reality of what we hope for, what is it that WE hope for?
August 4, 2019 Bridge Ministers Rev. Tony Hoshaw
July 28, 2019 worship and special music Video Śānti Matthews, Youth and Adult Education Coordinator, with CUCC choir, quartet, and members
June 23, 2019 sermon Sermon inspired by the scripture: Luke 8:26-39 Rev. Mandy Mizelle Norris
June 9, 2019 Ritual of Covenant Release
On June 9, 2019, together with Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas we released one another from Covenant Ministry. Pastor Jenny leaves for new ministry in Colorado. The Ritual of Covenant Release is found on pp. 6-8 of the Order of Worship. Reflections on Shared Ministry were presented by Śānti Matthews, CUCC Youth and Adult Education Coordinator, and Ellen Beidler, CUCC 2019 Moderator. [Note that Rev. Eddie Weathers was unable to be with us and was represented by CUCC's Chair of the Deacons Ministry, Louise Slate.] The Order of Worship also contains the Commissioning of the Oaxaca Mission Team (pp. 9-10).