Post Tagged as ‘Mission’

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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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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