Author: Amy Aguilar

Thursday Thoughts March 3, 2021

Thursday Thoughts March 3, 2021

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March 4, 2021

Dear Congregation:

This comes to you while I am learning and playing with my clergy support group — Hal, Curran, and Jeff.   Five years ago, we were blessed to participate in a program named CREDO through the UCC health insurance program of the Pension Boards.   CREDO is a wellness program targeted to for clergy in mid-career to assess our spiritual, vocational physical and psychological, and financial health.   During the week-long program, we met as a large group for worship and presentations.  We were also assigned to a cohort group of four colleagues from across the country to share hopes and dreams and goals for continuing strong in ministry.

My small group has been in contact almost monthly since we first met in October of 2015.  We have met in person each year to play and learn and to find renewal and rest.  Our time together, it gives me a safe haven where four pastors serving very different congregations hold each other accountable to personal goals, celebrate successes, console each other in hard times, and encourage each other. We explore new ideas in an atmosphere of trust that sings with synergy, creativity, and honesty.

            I am grateful for this group of colleagues and friends and the time we have spent together.

Worship Notes:               Third Sunday in Lent

Psalm 19 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O God.”

With the image of God as a rock, the end of the Psalm 19 uses an image from Creation for God that alludes back to the Creation language at the beginning of the psalm. Skies and rocks speak of God. The individual or leader who prays this psalm prays to live in dependence on God, and in harmony with all Creation.                                                                                                                                             John 2:13–22 speaks of Creation and justice in a different way. In the ancient world, the temple was understood as a microcosm of Creation. This relationship to Creation is evident in the architecture and decorations of the temple. Jesus cleansing the temple is a cleansing of Creation from injustice. In calling his body the temple, Christ holds together spirit and matter. The body is spiritual, is God’s temple. Christ’s body is a microcosm of Creation. If this is so, then Creation could be understood as the body of God.                                                                     We will share in Holy Communion this morning.  Have some bread and a cracker and a cup of water, wine or juice at your worship centers.

 

Food for Thought:   

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”  (George Bernard Shaw)

Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor

Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ

15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701

301-662-2762

E-mail: bkdaniel@erucc.org

 

Nature’s Best Hope Virtual  Presentation

Nature’s Best Hope Virtual Presentation

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Bulletin Sunday, February 28

Bulletin Sunday, February 28

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Second Sunday in Lent

Our first scripture reading for this Second Sunday in Lent is Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16, and speaks to trust in God’s promises.  Abram and Sarai are childless; yet God makes a covenant, promising Abram he will be the ancestor of many nations.  In Mark 8: 31-38, Jesus and his disciples are near Caesarea Philippi.  For the first time, Jesus teaches that he will suffer and die.

Today we will be honoring our young people and their families involved with Scouting.

 

Thursday Thoughts for February 25, 2021

Thursday Thoughts for February 25, 2021

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February 25, 2021
Dear Congregation:
The weight of the anniversary of one year being in this time of pandemic is wearing on many of us including the knowledge that more than 500,000 people have died from COVID 19.
This week, I share a prayer by a favorite writer, UCC minister, Rev. Maren Tirabassi. Hope it comforts you as it did me.
Prayer for Grieving 500,000 Dead of Covid-19 in the US
Holy One, who blesses those that mourn and do not hurry into being comforted, we sit down into the loss of those we know, and those that now we’ll never have a chance to know. We grieve the stories they will not live, the songs they will not sing, the children they will not have, the hope they will not offer to those around them, the inventions they will not patent, the art, poetry, ink, music, shingling a house, legal argument, good tune-up and tire rotation, diagnosis, surgical procedure, gentle placement of a ventilator, dental cleaning, quilt, strawberry picking, produce counter stocking, life-guard undertow rescue, lullaby, recipe and vote that will never be made. We grieve the birthday candles on cakes they will never taste. We grieve for their parents and their children, their families, their colleagues and their friends. We grieve memories slipping away waiting for memorial services. We grieve that the very sadness ebbs away from weariness or the new whisper of good news. O God, our masks are wet with tears and our fingers shake holding balloons at nursing home windows. Comfort us, we pray. amen
Worship Notes: Second Sunday in Lent
Our first scripture reading for this Second Sunday in Lent is Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16, and speaks to trust in God’s promises. Abram and Sarai are childless; yet God makes a covenant, promising Abram he will be the ancestor of many nations. In Mark 8: 31-38, Jesus and his disciples are near Caesarea Philippi. For the first time, Jesus teaches that he will suffer and die. Today we will be honoring our young people and their families involved with Scouting.
Food for Thought:
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” –Shannon Alder
Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762
E-mail: bkdaniel@erucc.org

 

Bullentin, Sunday, February 21, 2021

Bullentin, Sunday, February 21, 2021

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First Sunday in Lent

During the Season of Lent, we reflect on what it means to journey through life as God leads us. The first lesson this morning, Genesis 9: 8-17, is the first description of a covenant in the Bible. God promises Noah never again to destroy the earth. After a period of preparation and testing in the wilderness, Mark 1: 9-15, Jesus begins his ministry, proclaiming the good news that God’s reign is breaking into the world in a new way.

GREEN TEAM INITIATIVES

GREEN TEAM INITIATIVES

Becoming a Creation Justice Church

We here at ERUCC have long taken seriously the issues of social justice and environmental stewardship. Our green team is now looking to take that to a new level by becoming a UCC Creation Justice Church.

So, what does this mean, and how can you get involved.

First, here’s a review of some of the initiatives undertaken in the past two years:

  • Encouraging the use of sustainable products,
  • Reducing waste including the elimination of disposal cups, plates and utensils,
  • Adopting a program to compost food waste
  • Educational forums and classes on topics ranging from recycling to climate change.
  • Collaborating with other groups to plant trees
  • Participation with the Frederick Food Security Network to grow fresh vegetables for people in need
  • Advocacy for the Frederick Climate Emergency Resolution and two forest preservation bills
  • Signing up to use community solar at ERUCC and in some of our homes

Becoming a Creation Justice Church will designate our entire community as a “green” church. As a congregation, we will consider environmental and justice issues in all our actions and decisions. Every committee and team will have a part to play. Whether it is looking at green investments, using energy-efficient practices, or considering the environment in our worship and education, we have an opportunity to demonstrate our dedication to Creation. In doing so, we witness to the Frederick community that we are committed to being the church and living out our faith.

So where are we in this process?

The congregation must now formally adopt a covenant statement that outlines our commitment to sustainability. Joining this covenant commits our congregation to caring for the Earth, and putting it at the forefront of our thinking as we move forward with our church and life choices.

The Green Team drafted a covenant for consideration by our church and presented it to Consistory. If Consistory approves the covenant, it will then come before the congregation at our May Congregational Meeting for a vote. The covenant reads as follows:

We, the members of this congregation, realize that God has given us an amazing planet on which to live.  This planet is shared by the rest of humanity and will be shared with future generations as well.  As such, it is our responsibility to care for this precious gift and keep it healthy for those who will come after us.  Being good stewards of our environment will be at the forefront of our thinking as we plan for, and carry out, our ministries.

We further realize that negligence in the care for our planet has resulted in damage to our environment and that this damage has disproportionally affected marginalized people in our country and throughout the globe.  Therefore, we commit to advocating for environmental justice so that those who may not be in a position to speak for themselves can reap the rewards of such efforts.

As a church, and as individuals, we pledge to care for our planet and to seek justice for those whose lives have been adversely affected by the neglect of our environment. This also means that we will recycle responsibly, use the earth’s resources with as little waste as possible, support efforts at reducing the effects of climate change, help protect endangered species, reduce our carbon footprint and stop air and water pollution.”

As this point, we are seeking feedback from you. Is this something you feel we can commit to?  Please send your thoughts to Linda Coyle, Chair of the Green Team at lkcoyle@yahoo.com.   This feedback will guide the Green Team and the Consistory as we consider future action.

Thanks in advance.

 

 

Sunday, February 14 Bulletin

Sunday, February 14 Bulletin

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11:30 a.m. Virtual Fellowship: https://zoom.us/j/153605864?pwd=M2VSRjZsRDdFd1Q4bms0RExzam5SUT09&status=success PW:  007681

February 14                           Transfiguration Sunday

The Season after the Epiphany ends with the story of Jesus’ transfiguration in Mark 9: 2-9. This revealing of Jesus’ glory is a turning point, marking the end of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and the beginning of the journey towards Jerusalem and the fate that awaits Jesus there. Just before today’s reading, Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah. But Peter does not understand Jesus’ teaching about the kind of Messiah Jesus has come to be.      I John 4: 7-19 reminds us of the gift of love.

Norman Ross will be preaching this morning and Kim Sexton leading the liturgy.  The ERUCC singers will be reading scripture.