Post Tagged as ‘Joy’

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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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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Why Church? – Anonymous Responses

WHY CHURCH? Anonymous Responses from March 16, 2014 Worship Service 1 Reorient personal perspectives Closer relationships with other members Gain scriptural knowledge in context of “community” Experience God’s presence   2 To keep one focused on God & blessings To give one hope To relate with people there To feel wanted and loved (acceptance) To broaden outlook on the world To bring our cares and needs and share them To help where we can at church and in our communities To enjoy being with others To remember what I think is my purpose for being here   3 Helps me […]

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“Blessings of Community” – by Evelyn Buschur

“I kind of just took notes…” – Evelyn – God’s Love weaves us together – Beatitudes – basic building blocks of community Historical context: Matthew – 1 of 5 major discourses of Jesus = 5 books Torah mtn = mtn calling out specific people to be blessed – opposite of Deut.  Wealth = God’s favor, pour = God’s disfavor purity of heart – change from conventional thought Focus on what’s important in life = Community of Christ Enduring Principles True compassion for and solidarity = poor and needy Ties back to beatitudes Continuing Revelation – perhaps and additional Beatitude – […]

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Why Church? – by Erik Nilsen

Being a member of the Tuality Community of Christ congregation is all about “connecting” for me.  I have opportunities in worship and service to connect with my higher self and to live out the principles of love and transformation and acceptance that I see modeled by the ministry of Christ.  I attend because of the connections that I make with people who are like me in their desire to walk the path of discipleship and yet who are very different from me along so many different and interesting dimensions.  I have church friends who are young and old, liberal and conservative, straight […]

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Modern Day Psalms

This morning during the 11 am worship time, we were all invited to immerse ourselves in Psalms.  We read them, sang, them and even wrote some of our own.  Below are some of the psalms written from the memories, experiences, and trials of our members and friends: “Your river of peace flows before my eyes and into my soul. These days it is a magnificent swirling, spraying blast that rolls right over the giant rocks of sorrow I bear. Other days it is my calming friend, bringing God’s grace and goodness as I stand by its edge, washing downstream my […]

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“Gladness for Sorrow” – by Harold Lasley

The children’s moment reminded me of something important about sorrow.  Ann Short explained how grapes are crushed to make grape juice.  It reminded me of how sorrow can intensify our capacity to bless others.  The truth is that much good has come from suffering and sorrow, just as crushing grapes intensifies their goodness.  It also reminded me of a scripture for times of sorrow: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30) – January 5, 2014 Weekly Theme Reflection by Harold Lasley

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