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Roll Down, Justice! Worship Series for Lent I hate, I reject your festivals; I don’t enjoy your joyous assemblies. If you bring me your entirely burned offerings and gifts of food— I won’t be pleased; I won’t even look at your offerings of well-fed animals. Take away the noise of your songs; I won’t listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. – Amos 5: 21-24 (CEB) Lent is a time of reminding ourselves who we are [...] Read More »
Come One, Come All To The Annual Pancake Dinner on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 28 Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Church Atrium Shrove Tuesday, often called Mardi Gras, is the day before Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of Lent. This year Shrove Tuesday falls on Feb. 28. In keeping with Northaven tradition, our Youth Group is sponsoring an All-Church Pancake Dinner. This is a great way to enjoy some fellowship with your church family and not have to think about [...] Read More »
Faith Voices on Justice Faith Voices on Justice will begin their Spring 2017 series on Thurs., Feb. 16, at 7:00 p.m. The presenter for the evening will be Rev. Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas on Transgender Lives Matter. The Reverend Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas is the Senior Pastor of Cathedral of Hope. He previously served as the Senior Pastor of the Founders Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles, the founding church of Metropolitan Community Churches, an international movement of churches reaching in and beyond the [...] Read More »
“We did not ask for this room or this music. We were invited in. Therefore, because the dark surrounds us, let us turn our faces to the light. Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty. We have been given pain to be astounded by joy. We have been given life to deny death. We did not ask for this room or this music. But because we are here, let us dance.” — Stephen King and Bridgett CarpenterI finally binged-watched “11.22.63” this week. It’s got me thinking [...] Read More »
I am a Christmas Christian. I’ve known this for decades now. But only now do I feel brave enough to say it boldly. Because, in many Christian circles, it’s almost like heresy to not say “I’m an Easter Christian.” “Bonding Time: The Nativity in Townville,” by Jan Hines. I’m one of those too. I love Easter. I come to appreciate the metaphor of death and resurrection more every year. I understand —although I personally find no meaning, whatsoever– in the metaphor of “atonement [...] Read More »
Sometimes the whole story of our faith, our culture, and this great political divide between us all is made manifest in small moments that speak to you…small moments that tell big stories. That happened to me as I stood at the door after worship on Sunday. One of the very first couples of shake my hand was an older couple, man and woman, who had been visiting for some weeks now. He shook my hand, but he was frustrated and roiling [...] Read More »