A summer that’s renewing, relevant and based in relationship…

If your family is like ours, you’re starting to dream of summer plans. The spring sunlight invites us to grab our calendar and quickly fill it with plans and ideas for grand adventures. But is our church family’s calendar looking the same way? Are we looking for opportunities to participate in our church’s life with the same excitement and enthusiasm? This summer, I invite you to focus not only on schedules and ‘busy’-ness, but also on renewal, relationships and being relevant. Many of us find these opportunties through communal worship in our faith community. How can you help provide worship […]

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Reaching and Lifting Hearts Through Song- by Carla Nilsen

Hymnal Collage

Have you ever had your teenager rush to the piano to open your hymnal and excitedly show their friends a new hymn?  Well, with this new, wonderful new hymnal, that has happened at my house.  More than once, Ryan has enthusiastically showed more than one of his friends his new favorite hymn lyrics.  It’s Community of Christ Sings number #340, “We are Children of Creation”.  His favorite line is “We are children of creation, star flung bits of living fire, creatures with imagination, framed with passion and desire…” As you can imagine, this gives my mamma heart joy!  I too love the […]

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Guided By the Spirit- Lyle Anderson

Read Lyle Anderson’s reflection on his experience planning and presiding for worship at Tuality Community of Christ: ‘Early on in my graduate theology and ministry studies I was blessed by the opportunity to have as an adviser a professor and Presbyterian minister who hailed from Brazil, the Rev. Dr. Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey. She was fond of saying “Out of duty we do things well. Out of Love, we do things beautifully.” She helped me become more sensitive to the “little things,” helped me to try and live the liturgy when I plan and preside, and to do so out of […]

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Advent Greetings from Tuality Community of Christ

During this advent season, Tuality Community of Christ congregation joined together in the telling of the sacred story.  Through our fellowship and worship this advent season, we focused on telling the sacred story with themes of Joy, Hope, Love and Peace.  Our song, prayer and storytelling during our time together were examples of these themes.  As a prelude to worship each Sunday during this Advent, a ‘greeting card video’ was presented.  The links to those videos are below*.  May you find Joy, Hope, Love and Peace as you dwell in the visions and sounds of the coming of Christmas. *To enjoy […]

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God’s Beautiful and Familiar Music- Reflections on TCC’s Hymn Sing by Roberta LaHue Brown and Carla Nilsen

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  • October 27, 2014

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the church’s unveiling of our new hymnal: Community of Christ Sings.  In celebration of that anniversary, we gathered together for worship.  Erik and Carla Nilsen led us in a variation on the traditional ‘song and testimony’ service, a style of worship very familiar to our faith tradition.  For the testimony sharing portion of the service, Erik guided the congregation in a time of introspection and guided reflection.  Asking the congregation to leaf through our ‘new’ hymnal, he asked us to find a hymn that spoke particularly to us or carried with it a […]

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Why Church? – by Roberta LaHue Brown

In my years of attending church, I have had many wonderful relationships.  Some have been friends, some have been mentors, some teachers, others family, some all of these things in one.  I met my husband in church.  My children attend church with me and are learning about and praising God right beside me.  But my biggest reason for going to church is that attending devotes time to my relationship with God and the others I encounter.  Being intentional keeps me focused on the purpose of all this.  Intentional means ‘done with purpose.’  Forming ‘intentional relationships’ is one of the reasons […]

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“The Kingdom of God Is Near”- By Roberta LaHue Brown

  In my life, I’ve been enjoying a book entitled ‘An Altar in the World.’  In this book, Barbara Brown Taylor points out the importance of recognizing that it is in the ‘ordinary’ of life that we connect with God.  Also, at Tuality Community of Christ we’ve been exploring the text of Matthew.  Specifically, through July we’ve touched on verses in chapter 13, where Jesus uses parables, a method of teaching that draws parallels between the ‘ordinary’ of everyday life, to bring understanding about God.  On July 27th, I presided and planned a service where we explored the scriptures and […]

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“Embody Sacred Community” – by Roberta LaHue Brown

The scripture we utilized for today’s worship, Acts 2:42-47 focuses on community. It clarifies key attributes of the disciples’ fellowship when they gathered. As the early followers of the Way responded to the Holy Spirit they encountered awe and wonder. The first hallmark of a Christian community, devotion to apostolic teaching, highlights the importance of taking scriptures seriously. It is not just a matter of learning and teaching. Instead, it is also about devotion, immersion in, and living in and through the Word. It is like an old Jewish saying in which a disciple asked his teacher, “Rabbi, I have gone […]

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Easter Prezi

Here’s the prezi (a fancy online presentation) from this past Sunday for you to enjoy: http://prezi.com/ahwahnsejcmt/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

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“Let Your Light Shine” – by Nicholas Carroll

When I saw that the theme for the February 9th, 2014 service was “Let Your Light Shine”, I knew that I wanted to plan this service because a decade ago, in 2004, my favorite blues singer Keb’ Mo’ had released a peppy blues song entitled “Let Your Light Shine” and the first time I heard it, I knew that I wanted to use it in a worship service one day. However, as that day drew closer, the Portland metro area was hit with a rare winter storm that made traveling outside a dangerous trek, so the service was cancelled. Since […]

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