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September 14, 2014: Holy Cross (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 3:00am
Numbers 21:4b-9 and Psalm 98:1-5 * 1 Corinthians 1:18-24 * John 3:13-17

September 14, 2014: Proper 19 (24) (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 3:00am
Exodus 14:19-31 and Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21 * Genesis 50:15-21 and Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13 * Romans 14:1-12 * Matthew 18:21-35

Seeing the Light

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 12:00am
So many of us have seen the light but don't let it affect our identity or our habits of seeing. We have a little hope when we could have a lot.

Who Are You to Talk?

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 12:00am
Why doesn't God stop our suffering? God can't stop it. God doesn't pull puppet strings from heaven.

UCC Disaster Ministries to send $35,000 to flooded areas of Kashmir

United Church of Christ - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:00am
The United Church of Christ’s Disaster Ministries is moving quickly to help the people of India, where rising waters and a monsoon have killed almost 500 this week and are threatening about 1.5 million people.

UCC president to join Unitarians in call for immigration awareness

United Church of Christ - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:00am
The Rev. Geoffrey Black, the UCC's general minister and president, will stand with partners from the Unitarian Universalist Association this weekend to keep the immigration issue in front of churches and the public.

Earth care fuels the People's Climate Train across the country

United Church of Christ - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:00am
UCC members will be among nearly 200 people taking the People's Climate Train from Emeryville, Calif., to New York City for the People's Climate March on Sept. 21.

Unfair

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:00am
When it all falls apart, when it's all so unfair, when it just makes no sense at all, thank you, God, for the church.

Commentary: A Heart at Peace

United Church of Christ - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:00am
Each year as the anniversary of September 11 rolls around, we are reminded of the human potential for evil.

Jesus Wept

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:00am
Death is painful even when we know that eventually it will be swallowed up in victory. Grief is baptized with tears even as it enters into the promise of new life.

UCC leaders against airstrikes, arming opposition to end Islamic State threat

United Church of Christ - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:00am
As President Barack Obama prepares to outline his plan for dealing with an extremist group in the Middle East, leaders and area executives of the United Church of Christ renewed their call to government leaders not to pursue military action in Syria and Iraq.

Colorado UCC joins coalition to provide sanctuary to immigrant families facing deportation

United Church of Christ - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:00am
In an effort to more deeply affirm its solidarity with the country's immigrants and prevent the separation of immigrant families, Chadash Community UCC is one of five Colorado faith communities forming the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition.

A Matter of the Soul

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:00am
Illness has been diminished to refer only to matters of the body in the same way so much of life is diminished to matters material and biological.

Search Committee formed to begin seeking new General Minister and President

United Church of Christ - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:00am
A search committee of 18 members, confirmed by the board, is now in place, ready to tap the next executive to lead the UCC into the future.

UCC Youth Minister Middleton honored by national publication

United Church of Christ - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:00am
Waltrina Middleton is all about young people -- shining the light on the gifts of youth and the blessings they bring to the wider church. This month, the light is shining on the UCC Youth Minister, recognized by Rejuvenate magazine in the August/September issue for the work she is doing in youth ministry.

Mission trip to offer solidarity with Honduran LGBT community

United Church of Christ - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:00am
Imagine living in fear of assault, persecution or rape for being gay -- or worse yet, being murdered for loving someone of the same gender. The people in the LGBT community in Honduras live with this grim reality.

Humanity Revealed

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:00am
People seem to need super-human heroes and icons. And when those heroes and icons are not real in fact, they are made real in the minds of the public.

Four preachers to lift up ‘the unexpected’ at General Synod 2015

United Church of Christ - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:00am
When the General Synod of the United Church of Christ gathers next summer in Cleveland, delegates and visitors will celebrate the “Unexpected Places” they find God. To help illuminate those unexpected places, a quartet of pastors and theologians from the UCC and partners will unveil, in their own words, where the StillSpeaking God is found each day.

Mary’s Birthday

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:00am
The ancient church gave Jesus a birthday, even though no one had the slightest idea when he was actually born. In the 5th century, the church gave Jesus’ mother a birthday too.

September 7, 2014: Proper 18 (23) (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 3:00am
Exodus 12:1-14 and Psalm 149 * Ezekiel 33:7-11 and Psalm 119:33-40 * Romans 13:8-14 * Matthew 18:15-20