Rev. Dr. Chris S. Davies
Faith Education, Innovation, and Formation
United Church of Christ
Where are you? I called
and hurried out
over the silky
sea of the night, across
the good garden of branches,
leaves, water, down
into the garden
This skin you wear
so neatly, in which
on the summer grass, how
shall I know it?
from “The Gardens,” by Mary Oliver
Scripture Reading: Matthew 17: 1-9
“One of the things that has to be faced is the process of waiting to change the system, how much we have got to do to find out who we are, where we have come from and where we are going.”
– Ella Baker
History is not the past, it is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history.”
– James Baldwin
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5: 21-26
Contemporary Reading: The Winter Is Cold, Is Cold by Madeleine L’Engle
Guest Preacher: Michael R. Curry
Lay Minister for Disability Education, Advocacy, and Awareness
Southwest Conference United Church of Christ
“What barriers stand in the way and prevent those who are differently-abled from being more than just a body in the pew on Sunday mornings?” - Michael R. Curry, Lay Minister for Disability Education, Advocacy, and Awareness Southwest Conference, UCC
Scripture Reading: Luke 5: 17-26
HELPED are those who receive only to give; always in their house will be the circular energy of generosity; and in their hearts a beginning of new age on Earth: when no keys will be needed to unlock the heart and no locks will be needed on the doors.
HELPED are those who love the stranger; in this they reflect the heart of the Creator and that of the Mother.
HELPED are those who are content to be themselves; they will never lack mystery in their lives and the joys of self-discovery will be constant.
HELPED are those who love the entire cosmos rather than their own tiny country, city, or farm, for to them will be shown the unbroken web of life and the meaning of infinity.
HELPED are those who live in quietness, knowing neither brand name nor fad; they shall live every day as if in eternity, and each moment shall be full as it is long.
HELPED are those who love others unsplit off from their faults; to them will be given clarity of vision.
HELPED are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception, and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.
-- Selections from “The Gospel According to Shug,” by Alice Walker, in her book The Temple of My Familiar
Scripture Readings: Micah 6: 1-4, 6-8 Matthew 5: 1-12
The Rev. Seth Wispelwey
Interim Pastor of Rincon Congregational UCC.