Sunday Morning Ministries
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Prayer Class-Deepen Your Relationship with God
Monday Nights during Lent
Dates: 2/8, 15, 22, 29, March 7 & 14
Have you ever felt that you didn’t know how pray correctly? Has our prayer life ever felt in a rut or even stagnant? Too much routine? Not enough comfort? Just want to learn more? Come to prayer class Monday evenings during Lent to explore different forms of prayer from contemplative to active. Prayer is your most intimate way to learn about and encounter God. Come and explore your prayer relationship and the type of prayer that matches your personality. We will meet from 6:30-8PM for six weeks to pray, explore and have some fun! If you are interested please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board outside the office or call the office and ask Cindy to put name on the list.
Islam: Questions and (a variety of) Answers
Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:45 am
Batavia Public Library -Large Meeting Room
Batavia Apartments Supply Ministry: Did you know?
These items cannot be purchased with food stamps: shampoo, soap, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, feminine care items, diapers, baby wipes, diaper ointment, laundry soap and dish soap, general cleaning supplies, and garbage bags. The outreach box is marked to indicate this new hope for your continued generosity to the residents at the Batavia Apartments. Click the link below to find the most current list of needs.
List of items needed for the Batavia Apartments Giving Tree Room
This Batavia Apartments newsletter outlines the many programs that are offered to residents.
Batavia Apartments Newsletter
The Bible & The UCC, The Bible and Us by Pastor Yvette from the beach.
Several years ago my favorite professor got in trouble for throwing the Bible on the floor. He was trying to make the point that discernment of and worshiping the Bible are two different things. We are called to enter into scripture and discern in community, but not to worship the Bible. We only worship God. While many people understood and even agreed with his point, many could not get their heart back to beating normally at the site of the Bible being thrown on the floor. I wasn’t even in the room and I was quite uncomfortable with it. The seminary basically said, “We get the point, but don’t do it again.”
That might be how some people feel when they see the following from the UCC: The “Bible is like GPS. A Brilliant Guide. All-knowing. Occasionally wrong.” There is something about being told the Bible is wrong that is unsettling and seems to make us feel emotions. Does the statement make you uncomfortable? Does it make you angry? Does it make you curious? Does it make you feel love? Does it make you feel free or cut loose with no direction?
What I want to do today in this devotion is not defend the UCC, but to put a perspective around the what they are saying and in doing so, I would like you to enter into discernment (not debate) about the saying. Do not feel obligated to make a response or hit like. Just read, pray and think. There will be time in the coming month to voice how you feel about what they are saying. We will make the time in Bible Studies (those scheduled if they want and an extra one to discern it in community if anyone wants.) We can also have an interactive sermon on it.
The Bible is more than paper and even papyrus. The Bible is the God’s inspired word that lives and breaths into the world. As a document, the Bible is 66 separate books put into one volume. The 66 books are of different styles and have different goals and some of the books have been translated and handed down for over 3,000 years. The Bible was never meant to bind us into blind behavior of doing everything written without thought. If we did that, would that be expressing love for God? Free will and discernment are gifts from God that if we choose to enter into them, will bring us closer to God and to one another. The Bible is not meant to put us in a box, but to transform us to Godly people with us meeting God through community and word.
I encourage all of us to go to a wonderful document called The Bible and the UCC at
http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/…/Bible-and-the-UCC-FI… and read especially the first two sections by Anthony B. Robinson and Lillian Daniel. Feel the call of the UCC that goes all the way back to the Pilgrims, the early church of the book of Acts, and into the history of Israel and then circles forward into our lives and the lives that come after. It is a living breathing book that calls to us to bring ourselves to it.
Enter into the discernment of how the writings of the Bible resonate in your soul. God can take it…God will enjoy it…Praise God from all blessings flow.