Author: Evangelical Reformed UCC

Ninth Sunday of Pentecost – July 21, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

Ninth Sunday of Pentecost – July 21, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

July 21– Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 7:1-14a | Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

The church is called to be an extraordinary place, a place of inclusion and reconciliation, where divisions are demolished, strangers become family, aliens become citizens, a place where the excluded and disenfranchised are welcome. That’s a tough call, but through the redeeming love of Christ and the powerful reconciling spirit of God, it is possible. This week’s scripture readings celebrate God’s loving vision for healing, wholeness, and unity, and the compassion of God who provides a home to the homeless, healing for the sick, and welcome to those considered outsiders.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

Eighth Sunday of Pentecost – July 14, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

Eighth Sunday of Pentecost – July 14, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

July 14 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 | Mark 6:14-29

Anyone who has moved to a new community will likely have felt like an outsider. An established community has shared stories, experiences, and more. Even if welcomed, a new person can feel like an outsider. Communities say they are open for newcomers, and even want newcomers, but often do not welcome them as they are. This week’s scriptures help us explore the ways by which the church embodies God’s grace of welcome for all people.

Ann Thompson will be our guest organist this morning.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

Seventh Sunday of Pentecost – July 7, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

Seventh Sunday of Pentecost – July 7, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

July 7 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 | Mark 6:1-13

Jesus’ hometown crowd didn’t think much of him – they said he was behaving way above his station. Why weren’t they happy a local had made good? Human nature is like that, when people we know change, we don’t hesitate to remind them of the foibles of their past as if their changing is offensive to us. But God’s story is one of transformation. God desires authentic change. This week, we are challenged to consider our call, as individuals and as a church; who accompanies us and whom do we accompany; how and whom do we reject. How might inclusivity be encouraged as we take our place in the accomplishment of God’s vision of mercy, justice, and peace?

We will share in communion this morning.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

Sixth Sunday of Pentecost – June 30, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

Sixth Sunday of Pentecost – June 30, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

June 30 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 | Mark 5:21-43

Out of the depths of grief, David laments the death of Jonathan and Saul. Out of the depths of desperation, Jairus calls to Jesus. Out of the depths, a woman grasps to touch Jesus’ cloak. Experiences of vulnerability cause us to feel as if we have nowhere to turn. In these times and places, we are invited to turn to God, whose compassion knows no boundaries. In what ways does grief flow from and become shaped by different experiences of loss – loss of dreams, loss of relationship, loss of life? For what do we cry out and grieve in our lives and the church today? Where would we risk vulnerability for the sake of healing?

We welcome our friends from Evangelischer Pfarrbereich Klein Schwechten in Germany to our service this morning. The Senior Choir will sing.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

Fifth Sunday of Pentecost – June 23, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

Fifth Sunday of Pentecost – June 23, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

June 23– Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Samuel 17: 1-16, 32-50  | Mark 4:35-41

In Mark 4:35-41, the disciples are in a boat with Jesus in the middle of a storm and, in their fear, accuse Jesus of not caring for them. Jesus’ words, “Peace. Be still!” calm the storm. God is always with us, and we can rely on God. This week’s texts stand to testify that God remains close by God’s people. We are each created uniquely in God’s image. We are called to stay true to who God created us to be and to lead authentically. God is not for or against one group or people but for justice and peace throughout the world. How are you allowing God to use your authentic self and act courageously for justice for all?

The Rev. Beth O’Malley, Dean of the Chapel at Hood College, will be preaching. The Senior Choir will sing.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

Fourth Sunday of Pentecost – June 16, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

Fourth Sunday of Pentecost – June 16, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

June 16 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13 | Mark 4:26-34

God is always faithful and remains engaged with God’s people, but not always in predictable ways. Jesus tells the parable of the tiny mustard seed to reveal God’s surprising, unexpected plan to use even small communities of faith to accomplish God’s will. Similarly, God used David, the youngest in his family, to accomplish God’s will. God’s realm may seem unattainable at times, but Jesus assures us that it is alive – growing and spreading even from small acts of faith until everyone finds a home in it.

The Senior Choir will sing.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

A Service of Celebration and Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the life of The Reverend Dr. Gerald C. Hanberry

A Service of Celebration and Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the life of The Reverend Dr. Gerald C. Hanberry

A Service of Celebration and Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the life of The Reverend Dr. Gerald C. Hanberry will be held on Saturday, June 15 at 1:00 PM in the Sanctuary of Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ and live-streamed using the link below. You are invited to join family and friends in the Community Room following the service for a time of fellowship.

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Third Sunday of Pentecost – June 9, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

Third Sunday of Pentecost – June 9, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

June 9 – Third Sunday after Pentecost
1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20 | Mark 3:20-35

Leadership is a daunting task. Responsibility upon responsibility is overwhelming, and the desire to accomplish often threatens what is best for those whom we lead. It is natural to look at the examples of our heroes, but authentic leadership comes when the Holy Spirit guides us. Leadership is redefined when we follow first. We are presented with an example of God’s Spirit leading in ways that are subversive to human expectations in Mark 3:20-35. The mark of God’s leadership seems to be a reversal of human ways. What does that reveal about your perspectives on leadership? Where do you see God’s upside-down work in the world?

Spirit will be sharing in music leadership this morning. You are invited to wear orange as a public witness in support of gun violence prevention.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

Pride Sunday – June 2, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

Pride Sunday – June 2, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

June 2 – Pride Sunday  |  Second Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 56:1-8 | 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Pride Sunday is a celebration of the image of God in everyone and the diversity of humanity. In the beginning, when God breathed the breath of life in us, God blessed us and called us very good. There is no better way to celebrate the fact that we were created in the image of the Divine than by being unapologetically ourselves and becoming the people God called us to be: authentic, whole, complex, and made to love.

This Sunday, we will share communion. We will give thanks for all those who supported children, youth, and adult Christian Education classes and activities this year. The Senior Choir will sing and anthems will be offered by the Chancel Handbell Choir and Children’s Music and Movement.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.