First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ,
Throughout the journey
of our lives we find ourselves on many different roads, traveling with a diverse group of people. We learn much through the joys and pains of daily living. Each of these experiences forms and molds us a bit more as children of God. At the First Congregational Church of Dudley we celebrate the journey you are on towards becoming the highest expression of yourself, whom God created you to be. As an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ we want you to know no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here! At our church we encourage a journey which is traveled with our bodies, minds and hearts, our intelligence and our compassion working together…side by side. This is a community of seekers who work to live the questions of our faith, the faith of Jesus, forming ourselves more and more in that image of perfect love.
Please take some time to explore our website, sign up for PJ’s Place (my weekly e-letter) and visit us for worship. You may not be fully sure why it is you are exploring a relationship with our church and The United Church of Christ. You may simply be following some inner urging. We encourage you to listen to the voice of your heart for God is still speaking now. Come and become something more, as together we seek to live and grow as followers of Jesus on The Way… an inclusive and ever-expanding journey of love, beginning with ourselves and our families, extending to our communities, our nation and all the world. We look forward to meeting and getting to know you soon.
Blessings on your journey,
In partnership with the United Church of Christ.
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Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you
can be sure it's written for us. God wants the
combination of his steady, constant calling and
warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to
characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he
will do next.
Romans 15:4 (The Message)
PJ's weekly reflection:
I'm currently reading an inspiring little book © 2006 from our church library,
written by Joseph M. Marshall III titled "Keep Going - The Art of Perseverance."
At Mr. Marshall's website (Thunder Dreamers) he says: "Keep Going...is a compilation of spiritual insights and advice given over a period of years by my maternal grandfather. I wrote this piece during a particular difficult time to remind myself of these profound words to find the strength to keep going."
There are times when I too need this sort of encouragement so when I saw this little book sitting there, looking lonely on the bookshelf, I could almost hear it calling to me.
The voices of those who journeyed before us are important.
Last Sunday, on the First Sunday of Advent, we decorated our Christmas tree with beautiful ornaments holding names of those who have moved on to the other side of life. And so, the most beautiful ornaments which hang on our tree are those which already hung from our hearts, those who have walked with us along life's journey, helping form us into whoever it is God has uniquely created each of us to be.
Joseph Marshall III is a Sicangu Lakota, born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. It is good for me to hear the voice of his grandfather, a voice which resonates with the voices of grandfathers (and grandmothers) before him, a voice which speaks with the insight of earth and water, a voice which speaks (in my language) with ancient Holy Spirit wisdom, a voice of peace, of God Still Speaking, a voice of justice and hope.
The voices of ancestors call out to us now. For those who call ourselves Christian, we listen with particular care to the voice of that carpenter / Son of God / Light of the World / Prince of Peace named Jesus who encourages us to continue working for peace and justice today... for Lakota Sioux, for grandparents and grandchildren from every corner of earth, for earth, for water, for the preservation of ancient wisdom, for the hope of new wisdom, for life.
Blessings to you this Advent and always,