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Hidden Treasure

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 12/28/2014 - 11:00pm

Ron Buford

"Jesus answered, ‘Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?'" - Luke 5:33-39

North Carolina church addresses climate change by helping low-income families stay warm for winter

United Church of Christ - Sun, 12/28/2014 - 11:00pm

Members of Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh, N.C., are on a mission to address climate change and its impact on impoverished communities during this winter season. Through its involvement with a local nonprofit, the church is helping make the homes of low-income families more energy efficient during the colder months, improving the lives of these local residents and reducing their carbon footprints at the same time.

December 28, 2014: First Sunday after Christmas Day (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 12/28/2014 - 3:00am
Isaiah 61:10-62:3 * Psalm 148 * Galatians 4:4-7 * Luke 2:22-40

Jesus the Baby

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 12/27/2014 - 11:00pm

Donna Schaper

"(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.'" - John 21:19

Hard to Forgive

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 11:00pm

Richard L. Floyd

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you." - Ephesians 4:32

Grace For the Old Too

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 12/25/2014 - 11:00pm

Tony Robinson

"Do not be afraid, Zechariah . . . Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. You will have joy and gladness . . ." - Luke 1: 13 - 14

Can You Hear Me Now?

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 11:00pm

Kenneth L. Samuel

"In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days God has spoken to us by God's Son . . . appointed heir of all things, and through whom God made the universe." - Hebrews 1: 1-2

Commentary: Entering the New Year with a Hopeful Spirit

United Church of Christ - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 11:00pm

As a Christian, one of my favorite religious seasons is Advent. It holds meaning because of its themes of hope, peace, love, and joy in anticipation of the arrival of light into a dark world; the birth of the Christ child, Emmanuel — God with us — on Christmas Day.

December 24 & 25, 2014: Nativity of the Lord - Proper I (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:00am
Isaiah 9:2-7 * Psalm 96 * Titus 2:11-14 * Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)

December 24 & 25, 2014: Nativity of the Lord - Proper II (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:00am
Isaiah 62:6-12 * Psalm 97 * Titus 3:4-7 * Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20

December 24 & 25, 2014: Nativity of the Lord - Proper III (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:00am
Isaiah 52:7-10 * Psalm 98 * Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12) * John 1:1-14

Wayne

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 11:00pm

Peter Ilgenfritz

"In that region there were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And lo, an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." - Luke 2:8-10

Wisconsin church responds to LGBT discrimination with messages of love

United Church of Christ - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 11:00pm

When her close friend received a second homophobic note left anonymously on his car windshield, the Rev. Laura McLeod used preaching power to respond to the acts of hate with an outpouring of love. Members of her church, Delavan United Church of Christ Congregational in Delavan, Wis., overshadowed the hurtful words by writing nearly 40 "love notes," delivered to McLeod's friend Paul Dombrowski in one joyful bundle. 

New Florida conference minister has high hopes

United Church of Christ - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 8:00am

The Rev. John Vertigan has high hopes for the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ. The greatest of those hopes for Vertigan, the incoming conference minister, is that the conference continues to embody a covenant of welcome, mutual respect, and engagement in the church and in society.

Family Sing-Along

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:00pm

Quinn G. Caldwell

"And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior…'" - Luke 1:46-55

Giant puppets put playful spin on Missouri church's nativity story

United Church of Christ - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 3:59pm

Giant puppets put playful spin on Missouri church’s nativity story

UCC leaders 'saddened, disturbed' by murder of NYPD officers

United Church of Christ - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 2:00pm

United Church of Christ leaders are saddened and disturbed by the murders of New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos at the hands of man with a lengthy criminal record, who was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In a written statement, the UCC National Officers call for peace with justice, and for the ongoing need for sacred conversations on race.

God With Us

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 11:00pm

Molly Baskette

. . . an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us." - Matthew 1:18-25

December 21, 2014: Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 3:00am
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 * Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 * Romans 16:25-27 * Luke 1:26-38

Who Am I?

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:00pm

Anthony B. Robinson

"Praise God, sun and moon: praise God, all you shining stars! Praise God, all the angels; praise God all God's host." - Psalm 98