We look forward to the Ordination Service of Hannah Niday. She has completed the discernment phase of this process and has been approved by the deacons and our church as a person who is gifted, called and ready for a profession of ministry. Hannah has completed her Chaplaincy Internship with Veteran's Hospital in Lexington and has taken a position with Four Winds Nursing Facility in Jackson, Ohio where her and her family moved earlier this month.
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This icon "Our Lady Mother of Ferguson and All Those Killed by Gun Violence” is found at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City. It call us to offer our prayers for all who are targeted by gun violence: African-Americans, the poor and marginalized, and police officers. All are our brothers and sisters. This Sunday, in the celebration and sharing of the communion of the Lord's table, we consider the bold calling of love we are to share with our community and world through the name of Jesus our Lord.
Monday morning, several of us joined with clergy and lay persons from different faith traditions in the region to ask for fair and just policies that benefit all, rather than a select few. Clergy, including our own Pastor Mark, asked for reforms that would provide better health care, living-wage jobs, quality education, and equal voting rights for all.
As we look toward Sunday worship, read these words from those who attended passport camp this summer.
Offer your help to the victims of flood damage.
In this episode we talk to Ahenewa El-Amin and Ricardo Franklin about how they have been affected by violence in Lexington. Both Ahenewa and Ricardo have lost brothers in two different Lexington Parks. Both men were innocent bystanders killed by gunfire. Ahenewa and Ricardo share their perspectives and help us see not only the effects of violence, but the importance of sharing these stories and encouraging our community to bear witness.
On Sunday morning May 29th, Pastor Mark led the second of two spring conversations on “An Introduction to Progressive Christianity.” While identical in content to the General Session held in early April, this “make-up” presentation was also an opportunity for a better quality recording of the material. The presentation is embedded below.
Creation Care Sunday on April 24 was an important opportunity to affirm our Christian responsibility to be good and faithful stewards of the earth’s beauty and bounty. Mark's sermon sought a rethinking of many of the familiar themes that keep us from seeing the importance of this calling. These common themes include the classical interpretation of the “fall” from the Garden of Eden, to exclusively understanding “heaven” as something “out there” rather than something pressing into today’s reality, and the popular, but dangerous notion that God’s plan for the earth is condemnation and destruction, rather than redemption and renewal. Focusing on the image of the “new heaven and the new earth” this sermon invites us to look ahead in hope and promise to what God is doing and invites us to work with concern and care for the good creation God has given.