My Two Cents
July 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

Did you know...

 

...that Christian Temple is part of a protestant denomination called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)?, And...

 

...that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) meets in what we call a General Assembly every two years for worship, workshops, fellowship, and conducting the business of the church? And...

 

...that this year the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is holding its General Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa? And...

 

...that Rick and Jayna Powell are away from worship today because they are in Des Moines attending the General Assembly which started Saturday and will close on Wednesday? And...

 

......that among many other opportunities available at the General Assembly will be our opportunity to receive a certificate from the Disciples LGBTQ Alliance congratulating us on our standing as an "Open and Affirming Congregation" of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) which we will bring home and share? And...

 

...that we will be eager to share with our friends and colleagues the good news of all the ways Christian Temple is bearing witness to our God of joy and love and justice, and to learn from them new ideas and programs? And...

 

...that it's supposed to be as hot or hotter in Des Moines as it is right here in Baltimore while we are away?! And...

 

...if you find yourself with some free time tonight, tomorrow, or Tuesday, you are  welcome to live stream the worship services that will happen each evening in Des Moines beginning around 8:15 PM local time? (Also on Wednesday morning!)

 

It is sometimes said that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), or just 'the Disciples', is one of the best kept secrets of the American church. We don't keep this secret intentionally! We just try- maybe too hard- to let our actions do the talking. But rest assured, if you are reading these words you have stumbled onto a faith tradition that seeks to "do church" in ways that welcome everyone to the table and proudly proclaim that following Jesus is more about sharing our lives honestly with one another than about subscribing to a specific way of believing; more about proclaiming justice than winning converts.

 

Please keep us in your prayers this morning and this week as we meet with others to tell our story and sharpen our focus for ministry.

 

Welcome to worship!

 

Rick

 

P.S. Worship Livestream Link! Participate in worship Saturday through Tuesday at 8:15 pm EDT and Wednesday morning at 10:00 am EDT the live feed will be activated.  Go to https://ga.disciples.org/     This link will take you to the General Assembly page.  Click on Worship Streaming at the top right corner of the page.