Be The Church

20170315_184106 ~  Loving God, you renew our call to BE the church, the Body of Christ—to be your hands, feet, and heart to all who are troubled, seeking, or in need.

 ~ You may click on the worship video link.  The video is available starting at 7 am on Sunday, May 31. The service will also be broadcast at 7 am on Sunday on WSCS, channel 990 on Charter and 99 on AT&T U-Verse.  Services are also shown on Spectrum Channel 14, Plymouth, Sundays at 7 am and Wednesdays at 7 am and 3 pm (delayed a week).  Click on bulletin to download a copy.

Worship video – May 31, 2020

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Breathe new life

~ We pray that the Spirit of the One who creates and sustains ALL life may breathe new life into us … that we may be FULLY alive.  FB_IMG_1432415660408

 ~ You may click on the worship video link.  The video is available starting at 7 am on Sunday, May 24. The service will also be broadcast at 7 am on Sunday on WSCS, channel 990 on Charter and 99 on AT&T U-Verse.  Services are also shown on Spectrum Channel 14, Plymouth, Sundays at 7 am and Wednesdays at 7 am and 3 pm (delayed a week).  Click on bulletin to download a copy.

Worship video – May 24, 2020

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Walking

 

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Excerpts from: Walking by Hannah Campbell Gustafson
Hannah is the outreach coordinator at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, MN, as well as the treasurer for the Mental Health Network, UCC.

A recent lectionary text that has been sticking with me was Luke 24:13-35. The story told includes two people walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. As they are walking and talking, Jesus joins them, though they don’t realize it is Jesus. In this story it appears that walking is serving as transportation, though the two people are enjoying their conversation as well.

I sometimes walk just so my dog, Óscar, can go pee. Sometimes I walk to get a break from my toddler, or to talk on the phone with a friend. Some of my most enjoyable walks are when I’m just walking to enjoy walking and all that comes with it—the people-watching, the wind and sun on my face, the bird calls, the views of various houses and yards and gardens. I’ll admit, though, that sometimes I feel guilty about these walks, like I should be more productive while on them.

This made me wonder about Jesus’ purpose, walking here. It seems to me that he’s not walking simply for transportation. (He’s recently been resurrected!) He does seem to be enjoying some connection with the other two people and enjoying their discussion (even as they don’t know who he is). I like to imagine that he’s just appreciating walking, that he’s savoring the people watching, the sun on his face, and the company. They’re talking enough that I don’t imagine they’re speed walking, but instead are walking at a fairly leisurely pace. Their lives are stressful, and it is good for their hearts, minds, and bodies to be walking like this.

I hope to keep this image of Jesus, savoring the experience of walking, in my mind. May I learn to more literally walk as Jesus walked, even as I strive to follow him in all that I do. 

 

Please review these video links on Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention and Trauma Informed Congregations.

Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention

Trauma-Informed Congregations

The Presence of the Holy

As the Spirit gathers us for worship, may we open our hearts and minds to experience the presence of the Holy…who comforts, encourages, transforms, and renews.

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 ~ You may click on the worship video link.  The video is available starting at 7 am on Sunday, May 10. The service will also be broadcast at 7 am on Sunday on WSCS, channel 990 on Charter and 99 on AT&T U-Verse.  Services are also shown on Spectrum Channel 14, Plymouth, Sundays at 7 am and Wednesdays at 7 am and 3 pm (delayed a week).

Worship Service video

Bulletin Online Worship – May 17, 2020

Your abiding presence is our strength and comfort

God of Life and Love, in times of uncertainty, you are the ground that steadies us. When nothing feels stable or secure, the knowledge of your abiding presence is our strength and our comfort.

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(Photo: Ruth Harker)
 ~ You may click on the worship video link.  The video is available starting at 7 am on Sunday, May 10. The service will also be broadcast at 7 am on Sunday on WSCS, channel 990 on Charter and 99 on AT&T U-Verse.  Services are also shown on Spectrum Channel 14, Plymouth, Sundays at 7 am and Wednesdays at 7 am and 3 pm (delayed a week).

Worship Service video

Bulletin ONLINE WORSHIP – MAY 10, 2020

The Hope of New Life

~ We are here, delighting in the newness of creation and celebrating the hope of new life…even within us. May we bring our whole selves – ALL of who we are – to experience an encounter with the Holy that comforts and encourages us.

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  • Click on the worship video link to watch and listen.  The video is available starting at 7 am on Sunday, May 3.  ~ This Sunday, we will share the Sacrament of Communion during the YouTube Worship Service.  Please “come to worship” with bread or crackers and juice.
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Worship Sunday, April 19, 2020

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– We are here, Holy One, longing to experience the Peace of Jesus the Christ.  As we offer our whole selves to you, may your Spirit stir among us—renewing and refreshing us—so that we can be ready to serve you by loving and caring for others.

  • Click on the worship video link to watch and listen.  The video is available starting at 7 am on Sunday, April 19.

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Update on the WISE Initiative – Welcoming*Inclusive*Supportive*Engaged*

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As we continue to follow Safer at Home guidelines for worship, your WISE Team asks you to continue your WISE education at home. We encourage you to click below to watch two videos that explore mental health issues:

  • Mental Health: What is it and why should I care?
  • Companionship: An Introduction

Mental Health: Why Should I Care/ Companionship

Four additional videos give good insights into Ebenezer’s WISE initiative:

  • The Power of Personal Story and Breaking the Silence on Mental Illness
  • Minority Mental Health—What Does Faith Have To Do With It?
  • The “Big Three” Mental Illnesses
  • Self‐care for the Selfless

Videos with insights on mental health

An article by Rev. Megan Snell shares words of hope in these uncertain, and often overwhelming, times.  She suggests we focus on three “G” ideas as we navigate these uncharted waters: Gratitude, Grace, and Give It To God. Click below for the article.

Article by Rev. Megan Snell