Week of March 20, 2016

Worship 10:00am

Coffee Hour immediately following

Retreat

 

When you hear “Retreat!” you think of the dictionary definition: “moving away from a place or situation especially because it is dangerous or unpleasant.  This definition most certainly does not describe our wonderful Confirmation Retreat this past weekend at Silver Lake. In fact, we moved toward a safe and nurturing place, a beautiful place where we worshipped together, learned together, and played together.

Thank you to our chaperones, Nancy Rogers and Elwin Jimmo, for their enthusiasm and support during our time at Silver Lake.  In addition to visiting the Labyrinth and hiking around the camp, the retreat provided us with opportunities to meet with other teens from around CT to discuss many spiritual topics including baptism, discipleship, and the scriptural basis for the six core values of the United Church of Christ denomination.  Our confirmation class has decided that our church truly exemplifies the UCC core value; “We Are People of God’s Extravagant Welcome” and we talked about how our group can be part of that welcome. What a blessing for us to share our faith with each other as we experienced God together in such an inspiring setting.   

So sound the Retreat, head for a safe and comforting place and spend some quiet time with God and with friends this week.  I’m sure glad we did!

 Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer for the Week

Thank you God,

Not just for life,

But for our journey through life.

Life is a miracle,

And a journey through life is so full of so many more miracles

If we travel with our Heartsongs,

Thank you God for blessing me with the gift of Heartsongs,

So that I can enjoy my miracles.

~Mattie J.T. Stepanek, 11 yr. old struggling with Muscular Dystrophy, April 1998

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MAUNDY THURSDAY:  We will be having a pasta dinner prior to the Maundy Thursday service, 5:30 pm, March 24th in Fellowship Hall.

 It would be helpful if we had an approximate headcount so please sign up at coffee hour.

We will be serving pasta (including a gluten free option) and three sauces: Howie Bradshaw’s famous meat sauce, turkey Bolognese, and plain marinara; salad & garlic bread.

Donations of pasta (spaghetti) and sauce (marinara) would be greatly appreciated (leave items in the kitchen). Please contact Michelle Mann if you can help out in the kitchen. We will be there at 3pm to start cooking and could use help with clean up as well.  We did this last year and had a good turn out. Hope you can make it.

 


 

 

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Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, March 26, 2016

8 – 11 am

$7 per person – $4 children 10 and under

Free Children’s Easter Craft Table

Proceeds provide camperships to Silver Lake Conference Center and funding for Youth Group and Church School activities

DON’T MISS THE FUN – BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!

Volunteer and Donation Sign-up sheets are in Fellowship Hall for the Bunny Breakfast. We need help with set up and bacon cooking on Friday 3/25 and help from beginning to end on Saturday 3/26. Any amount of time you can share with us is appreciated. Don’t miss the fun and satisfaction of knowing you are helping fund programs for our youth and church school children!

Tickets for the breakfast will be available soon!

Please bring in your raffle basket or items to be added to a basket as soon as possible so that we will have a good number of baskets at the Bunny Breakfast, and can sell tickets for the drawing in June at the Turkey Dinner.

Basket Ideas:  Gardening, Wine/Beer, Baking, Kitchen, etc.

Thank you,

The Christian Education Committee

 


 

 

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T A G   S A L E

SAT., MAY 14TH

8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Our annual tag sale is fast approaching – mark your calendars NOW!

This year, we will have around 7 tables inside for members ($10 per table) and non-members ($20 per table). We will also offer a limited amount of 10’ x 10’ spaces outside for $15 (must provide own table). Interested members need to advise Laura Thompson if interested by March 31st before we advertise for outsiders.

Items can be dropped off in the gym the week after Easter. Items should be clean and in good condition (NO clothing, unless hats, purses or scarves). Any unsold items will be donated to Helping Hands. If you need your items picked up, please call the church office or Laura.

We will also have coffee and baked goods for sale, and any donations will be gratefully accepted (no lunch will be offered).


Church-bus

Need a ride to church??

The Seymour Senior Center is now offering transportation to church services for Seymour Residents who are no longer able to drive themselves.  We will be offering transportation to the following Sunday Services:

Seymour Congregational, Broad St., 10:00 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal, Church St., 10:00 a.m

St. Augustine Catholic, Washington Ave., 10:30 a.m.

Other churches may be included  if requested and times do not conflict with the schedule.  Reservations required.  Call 203-888-0406 before 4:00 p.m.  Calls made after 4:00 p.m. will not be accepted. Transportation will be provided by the Senior Mini-Bus.

It is free – first come, first serve.

 


 

OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

Reverend – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Pastor Allyson is looking forward to meeting with members of the congregation and sets aside mornings for that purpose.  Please call first to meet with her in the afternoon as she will use this time for visitation and community outreach.

Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed. & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM


 

THIS WEEK

Monday, March 21 4:00 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, March 22 6:15 PM GS #135

6:30 PM Adult Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 24 5:30 PM Pasta Supper

7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Service ~ Special music by the Adult Choir.

 

 

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Week of January 23, 2016

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Worship service and all meetings are cancelled for Sunday January 24, 2016 because of severe weather conditions and unsafe driving conditions.

Stay safe, see you next week!


Annual meeting postponed!

Please be advised that the Annual Church Meeting, originally scheduled for January 24, 2016, has been postponed one week.  

The rescheduled 2016 Annual Church Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2015 at 12:15 P.M. following a Pot-Luck Dinner at 11:30 A.M.

The Agenda of the meeting (unchanged) will be:

The review and acceptance of:

~Minutes of 2015 Annual Meeting

~2015 Committee Reports

~Nominating Report, including election of any new Officers and Committee Members

~Financial Reports, including approval of the 2016 Annual Budget

~To hear a final report from our Property & Renovations Committee regarding the lift project; and

~to consider any other concerns that may come before the Governing Body.

All members of the Seymour Congregational Church are both urged and expected to attend this meeting.


 

We Are One Body

I am looking forward to my first Annual Meeting here at the Seymour Congregational Church.  It is interesting that our lectionary reading this week is 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a. In the reading entitled “One Body with Many Members” the apostle Paul writes to the church in Corinth about the privilege and responsibility of membership in the Body of Christ.  I have found that the members of the SCC really understand that we are all given different gifts to use in supporting our church and spreading God’s word to the world.

On Sunday we will celebrate this incredible year in the life of our church with a time of fellowship while we enjoy a Pot Luck meal and then during our Annual Meeting.  Truly this has been a wonderful year in the life of this church; we celebrated 225 years as a congregation, we worked hard to raise money for a handicap lift to make our church buildings accessible to everyone, and we began our ministry together when I was called to be your Pastor.  Reading through the Annual Report I am amazed at the community outreach we do in so many ways, some large like Spooner House and others done quietly like donations to the food bank and the veterans.  We pray for each other and for friends and for those we may never meet and knit and crochet prayer shawls.  We share our beautiful church with the community through our Snowflake Fair and our Bunny Breakfast.  

Truly we are a Body of Christ who understands that there is no way of belonging without participating.  Through our mutually shared union with Christ our bond is so real that we share each other’s joys and sorrows.  While the unity of our church maybe different for each of us; we are all enlivened by the same Spirit bestowed on us by Christ to do Christ’s work in the world.

So, enjoy our time together on Sunday and pat yourselves on the back and say, “job well done, good and faithful servant.”

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


Weekly Prayer

O dear Savior, be not impatient with us – educate us for a higher life, and let that life begin here.  May we be always in school, always disciples, and when we are out in the world may we be trying to put into practice what we have learned at Jesus’ feet.  What he tells us in the darkness may we proclaim in the light, and what he whispers in our ear in the closets may we sound forth upon the housetops.

Charles H. Spurgeon



Announcements

The new Flower Chart is up for 2016.  Why not celebrate a birthday, memorial, or special date with flowers?  There are plenty of dates available.  The flowers are $25.00 and can be left in the “Flower Box” in the church office or given to Cherie after church.

Memorial Service

A Memorial Service for Linda Wheeler will be held here on February 7 at 2 PM.

PIEROGI MAKING TIME….

We will meet every Friday starting on Feb 12th 9am to 11 am for the fillings (potato, Sweet potato and Kraut)  5pm to 8pm for the dough making and assembling the pierogi. We really need as much help as we can.  Many hands make light work.

See you on the 12th  (bring a friend)

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY 

A meeting will be held Sunday, Feb. 7th following church service.  Get your coffee and meet in the gym to discuss:  what shawls you are working on, any comments you have gotten about the shawls given.  Are you having problems/help with knitting or crocheting?  Where have all the prayer squares gone?  Come to the meeting to find out. 


 

ash Wednesday

.“Along the Road” Worship Series

Ash Wednesday – February 10th

Ecumenical Services of Communion and Imposition of Ashes

WHERE? WHEN? TIME?

* 12 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church

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 *6 pm at Seymour Congregational Church

Light Meal of Soup and Bread followed by 7 pm Worship

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OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

Reverend – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Pastor Allyson is looking forward to meeting with members of the congregation and sets aside mornings for that purpose.  Please call first to meet with her in the afternoon as she will use this time for visitation and community outreach.

Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed. & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

*Please send your announcements to the church office by WEDNESDAY morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.  

 

Welcome to Seymour Congregational Church

We welcome our new pastor,

Reverend Allyson Glass

Allyson is a graduate of Springfield College with a BS degree in Physical Education and Southern CT State University with a MS degree in Adaptive Physical Education and a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership.  She retired as the Principal of Rock Hill Elementary School in Wallingford after a 34 year career in education.  Allyson graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in May 2012 graduation and completed her Chaplain Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital.  She was ordained by the Middlesex Association of the UCC on November 10, 2013 at the Congregational Church in Killingworth, CT where she was a member for 32 years.  She served as a Hospice Chaplain with Valley Health Care in New Jersey for two years before being called the Ministry at the Seymour Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.

Allyson was married for 43 years to her beloved husband Stephen who passed away after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer in 2010.  They lived in Killingworth, CT where they raised their two daughters, Laura and Teresa.  Teresa lives in Rocky Hill, CT with her husband Brian and their son Desmond.  She is a speech pathologist with the Region #4 School District.  Laura lives in Holly Springs, NC with her two children Madelyne and Zachary.  She is the Senior VP for Quality and Systems Improvement with the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association.

 Join us this Sunday to meet her!


Sunday September  13, 2015

Worship Service – 10:00am

Join us for coffee hour immediately after!


This Weeks E Bridge Announcements

 

 

Rally Day

What a gift Rally Sunday will be for me as your new Pastor.   This is a Sunday to celebrate our community of faith as we come together to feast and celebrate.

We will first feast on The Word through worship.  I cannot help but smile as I see the names of the children and young people who will participate in our Rally Day service.  You will be warmly greeted by Bethany Catlin, Jaden Rogers, Molly Tripp and Emily Soss. We will have special music provided  talented young musicians,  and the return of our choir after a summer hiatus.  Our altar flowers are given by Janet Horton to celebrate Grandparent’s Day.  Yes, we will truly celebrate the gift of our children and young people as we begin the new church school year.

Following worship we will feast on delicious food.  We will be treated to a BBQ and to side dishes provided by members of the congregation.  Our dessert will be the entries in our annual baking contest. This is a wonderful time for us to gather at the table together to share our summer fun and our hopes for the upcoming year.

Our feast of fellowship will continue after lunch with opportunities to participate in a number of games.  What a great opportunity to spend the afternoon having fun together.

 I look forward to our feast,

Pastor Allyson


CHURCH PICNIC SUNDAY!

Tickets are still available only $5 pp  –  see Lynne Foreman


 

OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

Reverend – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Pastor Allyson is looking forward to meeting with members of the congregation and sets aside mornings for that purpose.  Please call first to meet with her in the afternoon as she will use this time for visitation and community outreach.

Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed., & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM


MEETINGS HAPPENING THIS WEEK

Monday, Sept. 14
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
7:30 PM Amaranth

Tuesday, Sept. 15
6:15 PM GS #135
7:00 PM Council

Wednesday, Sept. 16
6:00 PM GS #60059

Thursday, Sept. 17
7:00 PM Masons
7:00 PM AA

Friday, Sept. 18
8:00 PM Eastern Star


CHURCH SCHOOL  

Join us on September 20th for the start of our Church School season. We have an exciting year planned where will be exploring a new curriculum and a confirmation class will be starting lead by Reverend Allyson Glass.

SNOWFLAKE FAIRSATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st ~ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A basket has been placed in the hall for you to place your donations (miscellaneous items we can incorporate into our gift baskets; any miscellaneous ball ornaments~any color or size~that we can use to make/decorate wreaths; pine cones; any bear ornaments or small bears we can  make into ornaments; and clear wrap for our gift baskets and wired ribbon).  You can start bringing in your completed baskets in early October. Items for the Christmas Treasures Room and the Boutique will be collected starting in mid-October. Our next craft get-together will be Saturday, September 26th, at 10:00 a.m. here at the church in the gym. We will have several things we can work on, including a bow-making demonstration by Jeannette (so, please bring a roll of wired ribbon – we will be donating 1 you make to decorate our baskets). See Laura or Jeannette if you have any questions.

225th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

We will be having a birthday party for our Church on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Antonio’s Restaurant in Southbury.  We have a lot to celebrate!  The Reverend Allyson Glass answered our call to our Church, so we have a full time pastor.  Our Church is 225 years old, having started the same year as President George Washington’s first inauguration!

We will be having a buffet, and the cost is $30.00 per person; kids are $15.00. That price includes everything but we will have a cash bar.   The party will be 12-5 with lunch being served some time after 1:00 P.M.   The buffet will include:  Verde Salad- Penne Vodka- Lemon Chicken- Roast Beef- Stuffed Sole- Potatoes- Vegetables.   There will be soda, coffee, tea and assorted cookies and a Birthday Cake.

Please see Dave Lawson, Karl or Teresa Kregling, Peggy Frazine, Sandy Barber, Mandy Hicks or Dave Bell if you are going to attend.  Thanks.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry?  Please contact Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.  Shawls are given to bring comfort to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or some misfortune.  For more information go to www.shawlministry.com.  To request a shawl, call Lynda (203-888-5473) or leave a message at the church office 203-888-6729.

 PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.

 BOOK CLUB:  Our book club meets the second Friday of each month.  We each take turns picking a book of our own choice and then the discussion takes place in our home.  Books of every genre are chosen which makes for lively discussion.  For more information, contact Karen Baker, 888-0394.

 

Neighbors in Need

 The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will receive on October 4, supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.  Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.  Through ucc.org/justice, our national Justice and Witness Ministries office offers resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues.  Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice.  Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC.  One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM).  Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, MN.  These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM.  CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the U.S.

Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:  The greatest need right now is canned pasta of any kind.  Please leave donations in the box in the Outreach Room.  Thank you.

HELPING HANDS: Your donation of clothing, furniture, etc. to Helping Hands benefits our church also. When an item is purchased at one of their stores that was donated by us, we receive a portion of the sale price. Your donations are tax deductible. They will pick up furniture.

 

Turkey Dinner

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ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER

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RAFFLE BASKET

EXTRAVAGANZA

Saturday June 6 2015 @ 5:30 for Dinner

Seymour Congregational Church

Corner of Broad Street/Derby Ave

Seymour, CT

Over 50 Baskets and

Turkey Dinner with all the fixings

Adults $14, Children $5, Raffle Basket $1

For tickets cal the Church @ 203-888-6729

E-Bridge – Week of February 15, 201

E-Bridge 10/5/2014

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October 5, 2014

Worship Service 10:00am

Please join us after church in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

It is being hosted by the Diaconate. 

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“Celebrating Our 225th Anniversary”

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Welcome to this weeks – e-bridge!

Get dressed up for this Sunday’s service as we play to take a group photo of all present. We will use this photo for some of the upcoming publicity. This is also a warning for those who are camera shy to come also but you may wish to remain seated while the body comes forward.

Come hungry as we celebrate communion – remember this is “World communion Sunday”

Below is Rev. Spencer’s reflection of Exodus 20 a text familiar to us from the past weeks readings. 


Delight

Spirited Wednesday

Today’s reflection written by the Rev. Jocelyn B. Gardner Spencer

Exodus 20:8-11

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work – you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

Reflection:

“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth…” You remember that story, don’t you?

It starts with, “Let there be light,” and it progresses through sky and earth, sun and moon, plants and animals. All blessed, all good, so very good. And then, on the seventh day, God rested.

Here’s what I want to know: What did God do while he rested? How did God spend her day off?

Did God sit around all day in her pajamas, gorging on Netflix and Ben & Jerry’s straight from the tub? Had God been so busy working all week long that he had to spend that seventh day doing laundry, running errands, catching up on email, paying bills? Did God feel guilty about taking time off because there was so much work still to be done?

Of course, we can’t know exactly what God did on that seventh day. But the rabbinic tradition gives us a wonderful way to think about it. The rabbis have interpreted this story to mean that there was, in fact, something yet to be created on that seventh day, something without which the universe would be incomplete. That something is called, in Hebrew, menuha. We often translate this word as “rest,” but its meaning runs deeper than that. Menuha is not just the absence of work – it is the presence of delight.

Can you imagine God on that seventh day, strolling through a field of wildflowers, taking a dip in the ocean, savoring the sweetness of a strawberry, playing fetch with a golden retriever, listening to a child laugh, sitting down to dinner at a candlelit table?

What God created on that seventh day was rest, to be sure, but it was an active, appreciative, relational rest, a rest characterized by delight – a rest that is both a gift and a commandment.

What would it be like if we approached our sabbath days with that kind of eagerness, that kind of joy? And how might that spirit of sabbath delight spill over into the rest of our days?


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine:  THIS Sunday, October 5th, Stephanie and the UCONN Pharmacy students will be running their annual Flu Shot clinic.  Stephanie will also have the Pneumonia and Shingles shots available.   To sign up please see Teresa Kregling or email kreg5@comcast.net, phone 203-881-2027.

22nd Annual Polish Dinner:  Saturday, November 1st, 5 to 7 pm.  We would love to have you join us again this year.  We will need many hands to make this another successful year.  Any donations are welcome. Contact Teresa Kregling during coffee hour or at 203-881-2027 or kreg5@comcast.net.

Snowflake Fair Update:  There will be a Committee Meeting next Saturday, October 11th at 9:30 AM in the Nursery.  Next Sunday will be the deadline for donations to the Positively Pink basket.  A sign-up sheet to volunteer to work the day of the fair will be on the back table during coffee hour.


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OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

 

Reverend: Tuesday- Thursday 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Administrative Asst: Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

 

Rev. Ed is here Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30 AM – 4 PM.  He would like to meet members of the congregation, and puts morning hours aside for that.  Please call first if you plan to come in the afternoon as Rev. Ed goes out to visit at that time.

 

Devotional for 10/2/2014

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Matt Laney


“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, beautiful on the outside, but full of stinking rot on the inside.” – Matthew 23:27

According to many, the best evidence for America’s headlong slide into religious apathy is not declining church attendance, but the rising tide of casual blasphemy.

No longer seen as the theological f-bomb of yesteryear, “Oh my God!” is as common as table salt. Once upon a time children weren’t even allowed to flavor their speech with “oh my gosh,” because “gosh” was a thinly veiled substitute for “God.”

This trend provides a golden opportunity for modern day “scribes and Pharisees” (like me).  For them, there are two kinds of people in the world: the godless who say “Oh my God!” to express surprise or indignation, and those who take God seriously and say something else.  After all you don’t hear devout Hindus sauntering about saying “Holy Cow!” or find sincere Buddhists saying “Oh my Buddha!” when they get a little tweaked.

Such a perspective works with brilliant efficiency as long as you ignore Jesus.  He said there are some outwardly clean-cut religious folks who talk a good pious game but are altogether scruffy and crude on the inside.  Actually, Jesus put it much more colorfully.

Yes my heart aches whenever I hear “Oh my God” when a simple “wow, really?” would suffice.  Sure I would like to live in a country where some amount of respect is due to the Sacred.  But Jesus won’t let me take it much further.   Jesus would rather have me examine my own heart for small blotches of self-righteousness and huge looming tombs of divine neglect.

Prayer

God, create in me a clean heart with a new, right and humble spirit.


Matt Laney 2014

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matthew Laney is the Senior Minister of Asylum Hill Congregational Church, UCC, in Hartford, Connecticut.