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Weekly Worship Bulletin Sunday, October 18, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin Sunday, October 11, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (10/8/2020)

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good.”     Romans 8:28 This passage from Romans comes from one of my favorite portions of scripture. The 8th chapter of Romans is one of Paul’s most poetic. The introduction to this letter in the Revised Standard Version of the Bible tells […]

Messenger October 8, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin Sunday, October 4, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (9/24/2020)

I have to confess to my brothers and sisters that I have “retirement envy.” As I listen to a couple of my ministry colleagues who are in the process of retiring, I feel a bit jealous. It’s not that I want to leave FCC, but I think it is an expression of my “COVID weariness.” […]

Messenger September 24, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin Sunday, September 27, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin Sunday, September 20, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (9/10/2020)

There are times I feel really discouraged by all that is happening in the world today. It seems as though division, injustice, and fear rule the day. Many around the country are dealing with unprecedented natural disasters, riots continue to rock major cities, and many people are struggling with unemployment. We also continue to struggle […]

Messenger September 10, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin Sunday, September 13, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin Sunday, September 6, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (8/27/2020)

“…and looking back across the years I can see that you were constantly there.” Musician and Composer Kemper Crabb “Doulos” The Vigil The above words come from an album, yes an album, by the musician Kemper Crabb. It was one of my favorite albums during college, but, it was purged during one of my many […]

Messenger August 27, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin Sunday, August 30, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin August 23, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (8/13/2020)

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”                  Jeremiah 29:11   During these days and months of dealing with COVID-19, it often seems that the real guiding principle is the common saying “we […]

Messenger August 13, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin Sunday, August 16, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin Sunday, August 9, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin Sunday, August 2, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (7/23/20)

“The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love.”         Author, Jack Kornfield   This quote really struck me as finishing touches are being added to our prayer garden here at FCC. Pictures can be found on our website and our Facebook page that display the […]

Messenger July 23, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin Sunday, July 26, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin July 19, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin July 12, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (7/9/2020)

“This book is ultimately about the basic struggle we’re all in, the struggle to be fully human and to see that others are fully human.” Ibram X. Kendy Whenever I want to deal with something, I turn to books. I’ve been described as “bookish” throughout my life and I embrace that description. We find ourselves […]

Messenger July 9, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin July 5, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (6/25/2020)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light […]

Messenger – June 25, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin June 28, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin June 21, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (6/11/2020)

“The Church condemns violence, but it condemns indifference more harshly. Violence can be the expression of love, indifference never.”         Graham Greene   “Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.  As we move from Pandemic to Protest, one element that disturbs many […]

Messenger – June 11, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin June 14, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin June 7, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletins May 31, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (5/24/2020)

“As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.”                                              Caroline Kennedy  I was struck by the above quote in my Gratitude calendar last week. As we struggle to discern the date for resuming public worship at First Christian, concerns about […]

Messenger – May 21, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin May 24, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin May 17, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (5/7/2020)

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 13:34-35  (NRSV) General Minster and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), […]

Messenger – May 7, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin May 10, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin May 3, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (4/23/2020)

“Love people, hold them in your heart.”        Susa Talan   One of the gifts I bought for myself this past Christmas was a daily “Gratitude” calendar. I saw it in the calendar store as I was shopping for others and it, almost literally, jumped off the shelf at me. In my desire […]

Messenger – April 23, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin April 26, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin April 19, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (4/9/2020)

“I am grateful to God– whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did– when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. “         II Timothy 1:3-4 Paul wrote this letter to […]

Messenger – April 9, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin – Easter Sunday April 12, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin – Maundy Thursday April 9, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin April 5, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin (3/29)


Pastor’s Corner (3/26/2020)

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Mt. 3:17 My 33rd ordination anniversary on 15 March was probably one of the most unique ones I’ve had. Since it was the first Sunday without corporate worship it felt a bit odd, kind of like a snow day. But now that the weeks […]

Messenger – March 26, 2020


Weekly Worship Bulletin (3/22)


Pastor’s Corner (3/12/2020)

Each week we produce a newsletter, we have a staff meeting with myself, Mark Miller, and Kelly Tyrrell. This is a time that we come to consensus on projects, update one another with our progress, and encourage each other to maintain our good work. One thing we do each week is take turns opening with […]

Messenger – March 12, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (2/27/2020)

“I invite you, therefore, in the name of Christ, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by works of love, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God.”                                        […]

Messenger – February 27, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (2/13/2020)

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”                                                        […]

Messenger – February 13, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (1/23/2020)

“To listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.” –Poet and Spiritual Adviser, Mark Nepo In my Pastor’s Corner for the first Messenger of 2020, I talked about the Benedictine pillars of stability, conversion, and obedience. In that article I focused on the pillar of stability. This […]

Messenger – January 23, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (1/9/2020)

As many of you may know, I recently became a Benedictine Oblate. It is an invitation to deepen the spiritual life by following the Rule of St. Benedict. As a part of this spiritual journey I’m learning a lot about Benedict and his Rule. There are 3 foundational elements to the Rule that I think […]

Messenger – January 9, 2020


Pastor’s Corner (12/12/19)

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing […]

Messenger – December 12, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (11/14/19)

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”       French Proverb  Noted author Diana Butler Bass begins her newest book Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks with the above quote. Bass has written nine other books with a focus on American religion and spirituality. She was guest speaking in Lincoln this past weekend, November 8-10. In […]

Messenger – November 14 2019


Pastor’s Corner (10/31/19)

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  In […]

Messenger – October 31, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (10/17/19)

“For you I am a bishop, with you, I am a Christian”                                               St. Augustine This quote comes from St. Augustine’s sermon “On the Anniversary of His Ordination.” Last week, I had the privilege of attending a retreat for pastors in which one of our presenters told us this quote. […]

Messenger – October 17, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (09/26/19)

Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers. […]

Messenger – September 26, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (09/12/19)

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.                     Phil. 1:6 What a joyous weekend we just had as we celebrated the 150th anniversary of our congregation. About 50 of us gathered at Wyuka Cemetery on Saturday September […]

Messenger – September 12, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (08/29/19)

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in […]

Messenger – August 29, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (08/15/19)

“Always we begin again” St. Benedict The author of the Rule and founder of the Benedictine order reminds us that life is full of new beginnings. I am particularly mindful of this promise as we transition from summer to fall. As students are at the end of their first week of school here in Lincoln, […]

Messenger – August 15, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (07/25/19)

After saying farewell to them, he went up to the mountain to pray.   Mark 6:46 After feeding the multitude, Jesus says farewell to the crowd and goes off to a mountain to pray. Undoubtedly, he was tired and ready for some rest and renewal. It must have been difficult for the crowd to say goodbye […]

Messenger – July 25, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (07/11/19)

Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me […]

Messenger – July 11, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (06/20/19)

While living in Prague, Czech Republic I was impressed by all the bridges. Many of them were newer and accommodated heavy traffic. However, the oldest and most well-known bridge is Charles Bridge which was built centuries ago. Due to its age and importance it had been made into a pedestrian bridge that accommodated visitors from […]

Messenger – June 20, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (06/06/19)

“Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.”   Psalm 32:11 The author of Psalm 32 invites us to “be glad in the Lord and rejoice.” Although there are reasons that many of us feel tremendous sadness, there are also ample reason to be glad and […]

Messenger – June 6, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (05/16/19)

“And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  –  Matthew 25:40 For my Pastor’s Corner I want to invite you to read this article from our Outreach Team.  The Outreach […]

Messenger – May 16, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (05/02/19)

Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.     Colossians 3:13 In my previous Pastor’s Corner I invited us to ponder the process of repentance and forgiveness as outlined by Marjorie Thompson in her six-session study entitled […]

Messenger – May 2, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (04/18/19)

When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing.  –  Luke 23:33-34 Throughout Lent […]

Messenger – April 18, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (04/04/19)

“Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.”  Karen Salmansohn At our most recent Outreach Team meeting, Team Leader Elaine Parman shared the above quote. She shared it as an invitation to guide our thinking about our ministry of Outreach on behalf of FCC. It also struck me as a powerful way of […]

Messenger – April 4, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (03/21/19)

As a Mission Coworker with World Missions we had a mantra that really resonated for me; “We do mission in partnership.” This has really been a theme for me throughout my ministry. This sense of working in partnership is part of what attracted me to service here at FCC. This congregation nurtures and fosters ministry […]

Messenger – March 21, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (3/07/19)

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. – – Luke 4:1-2 As the Messenger rolls out this […]

Messenger – March 7, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (2/21/19)

Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”  – – Luke 9:35 Arguments about who can be considered God’s Chosen have divided the faithful throughout the ages. In this passage from Luke, which we’ll read on the 3rd of March for Transfiguration of the Lord, we have […]

Messenger – February 21, 2019


Pastor’s Corner (2/7/19)

Then David took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd’s bag, in the pouch; his sling in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine Goliath.  –  I Samuel 17:40  Last Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 20 leaders from FCC gathered in the conference […]

Pastor’s Corner (1/24/19)

“Honor Our Past, Embrace Our Future”  Happy Anniversary! As the Messenger goes out today we mark the actual date of the founding of FCC, January 24, 1869. During our stewardship campaign last fall we had the theme “Honor Our Past, Embrace Our Future.” As we officially enter our 150th year we are invited to embody […]

Pastor’s Corner (1/10/19)

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”  Revelation 22:13 It seems a bit ironic that the last book of the Bible talks about God as the beginning and the end. As we move into the beginning of a New Year, many of us are undoubtedly […]

Pastor’s Corner (12/13)

Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”  – – Luke 1:38  This year we’re exploring Advent through the eyes of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. In our daily devotional I Am Mary Carol Howard Merritt invites us to traverse these weeks of […]

Messenger – Feb. 7, 2019


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Pastor’s Corner (11/01)

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:5 The Messenger will come out on the 1st of November, All Saints Day. As I ponder my Pastor’s Corner for this edition of our newsletter, I’ve had a number of things float through my mind. Initially, I had thought I’d […]

Pastor’s Corner (10/18)

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, […]

Pastor’s Corner (10/04)

“For we are God’s servants, working together.” 1 Corinthians 3:9 While living in Prague I came to appreciate the beauty and functionality of bridges. The Vltava River flows through the heart of the city and several bridges link the various parts of the city to one another. The Charles Bridge is world famous and dates […]