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David Jaroszewski – President
Brenda Fluitt – Vice President, Worship Chair, LGBTQ
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Tim Mohle - Stewardship Chair
“Open the gates of justice! I will enter and tell the Lord how thankful I am.” Psalm 118:19
In America, the topic of race continues to be difficult to discuss in many social settings. Very few Christian churches are leading bold and courageous conversations, engaging in direct social activism, and participating in civil disobedience as a way to bring attention to and disrupt racist systems and structures.
The call to be a multiracial and multicultural church is an acknowledgement that racial justice is the inclusiveness of all humans and never excludes anyone based on skin color, culture or ethnic origin. The United Church of Christ stands in solidarity with the creation narrative in Genesis 1:26-27, which clearly outlines what matters to God—all of humankind and a just world for all. God created humankind in God’s image and likeness, women and men are image bearers, sharing equal status as human beings. God did not create race, racism, superior groups of humans, and hierarchical and hegemonic social structures.
Each Sunday, the altar at Grace UCC is decorated to match the theme of the Sunday's worship to visually enhance our understanding of the scripture and lessons.
Sacrament (the communion cup) and Service (the towel of service): Jesus came for both and tells us " whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."
"What must I do to enter the kingdom of heaven?". Jesus said "Sell everything you have and follow me." The altar reflects the "haves" and "have-nots" of the world; the rich and the poor; the abundance and the poverty. And the cross stands in the midst of all.
World Communion Sunday. A large backdrop of the earth framed the altar which had a wonderful sculpture of many people in a circle representing the Unity of Humankind.
The story we learned about today was about the courage of Esther who stood up for her people, risking her life. The altar evokes the feel of the court and the promise of courage through the Cross
Jesus said "Who do people say that I am?" Who is Jesus? The altar reflects the many facets of Jesus: shepherd, healer, sacrificial lamb, one who welcomed children... and more.
Abundance: We have more than enough in Christ.
Pentecost Sunday: Tongues of Fire
Bread of Life Sunday. Jesus said "I am the Bread of Life."
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