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October 23, 2018 02:23 PM PDT

Job 42:1-6, 10-17
We learned two weeks ago in our lesson that Job is not simply a symbol of human suffering and the incredibly difficult challenge of staying in relationship with the sacred when our lives are so challenging...Job is meant to be an icon of both human struggle and faith. We may focus on the struggle - but the writers in scripture are pointing to the faith - stick with God and surrender our own ideas, plans and arguments as the "right" ones - and we will find nurture and fulfillment in our relationship with God. In a sermon entitled "Unplanned Change" we will consider the closing text in Job, where Job's humility - not his triumph - leads to a peaceful and prosperous close to his life. We are faced with a tough question in this text - is this about us, or really about God - where the "this" can be whatever we are working on - moving, ministry or our lives! Come join us for worship in the Chapel at 10AM this Sunday!

Rev. John H. Pomeroy

October 15, 2018 04:19 PM PDT

Mark 10:17-31

When people think about the teachings about money and the Bible, they often remember this particular story of Jesus telling the rich man to sell everything he owns; and then people seem to remember that Jesus also said that it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of God. As perplexing as that saying is, the message is clear - if you are wealthy, heaven is elusive. Or so the Bible says. Or does it? A closer reading of this narrative is far more detailed and nuanced than the Reader's Digest version of it (remember that publication??!). If we look closer at the story there are many things going on - the desire to be good and in sync with one's teacher; Jesus' reading of the man and what was really haunting him (his love of money above all else); the teaching of Jesus about wealth (was it descriptive or prescriptive?); the assurance of Peter that if we sacrifice "stuff" we will be rewarded in other ways; and last but not least - the reminder that nothing is impossible for God. It's an important story to remember and ruminate on - I invited you to do so this week in preparation for worship on Sunday. And ask yourself - what would Jesus see in your life that is a stumbling block for you? It may or may not be money!!!
Hope to see you on Sunday!

-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy

October 09, 2018 04:14 PM PDT

Job 1:1, 2:1-10

The story of Job and his suffering for his faith is not only a religious tale but also a kind of cultural icon for the depth and extent of possible human struggle. We may be troubled by God "offering up" Job as one who cannot be broken, a "perfect" example of faith and integrity; clearly, the writers are anxious to make the contrast with anyone who would deny God for any amount of struggle or concern as dramatic as possible. Even those closest to Job recommend that he not stick with his allegiance to God and opt for relief from his pain. In a reflection entitled "Finding Joy" we will consider those things that we don't count as struggle because of our investment or commitment in an outcome. We all have persons and attachments that test our threshold of love - is it possible that one or more of those could offer joy when they are not put in jeopardy as with Job?! Join us for worship at 10AM in our Chapel this Sunday!

-Rev. John H. Pomeroy

October 09, 2018 04:10 PM PDT

Esther 7:1-8:6
The book of Esther in the Hebrew Bible comes up once every three years in the lectionary cycle of reading. It's an action packed story that takes up only seven pages in our pew Bible; yet Queen Esther's bravery and courage in speaking up is legendary and is the basis for the Jewish holiday of Purim which commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman who was an advisor to the king. Esther and her predecessor Queen Vashti are two powerful women whose stories guide us then and now. I invite you to read it in advance of worship this week. Hope to see you Sunday at 10:00!!

Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy

September 25, 2018 11:47 AM PDT

Faithful Travel
Mark 9:30-37

"Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service." (Martin Luther King, Jr.). I am not much of a traveler - I like to see new things and meet new people, but I also grow attached to the routines and the comfort of home. In our text for worship this Sunday we hear a lesson for the disciples about humility, and placing the needs of others ahead of our own needs - service before self-satisfaction is the mark of the faithful. In a reflection entitled "Faithful Travel" we will consider what this lesson means for us as we continue to pack and move to a new leased space in the coming months - how can we serve others, and retain an attitude of humility when we have concerns and worries about ourselves and our community? Sometimes others have let us down or taken advantage of us, so we can be reluctant to care for others with the same attention and energy as we look after ourselves. How will we find the strength and faith to change? Come join us for worship in the chapel at 10AM this Sunday...
Rev. John H Pomeroy

September 20, 2018 04:40 PM PDT

James 3:1-12

This short letter in the New Testament can be read in under fifteen minutes and is chock-full of teachings about how we are to treat people. It connects to the challenges of modern life even though it was written thousands of years ago. This week we hear about language and how words can have far reaching effects on others. Check it out this week. We will explore it further in worship on Sunday. Come and join us!

-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy

September 19, 2018 04:36 PM PDT

Wild Goose

In July, seven of us from FCC went to the Wild Goose Festival in the hills of North Carolina, west of Asheville. Modeled after the Greenbelt Festival in Southern England, Wild Goose is four days of workshops, music, art and worship with four thousand progressive Christians in an informal, campground setting! We all paid our way with a combination of church funds and personal funds to see what we could bring back here to Pasadena that might enliven, inform and reshape our collective church ministry. Randy and Meagan VanDeventer will share in worship this week about their experiences - they were participants as well as support for three young adults - Lachlan, Andy and Kaley. Come join us as we listen to others offer insights about their faith journey and how it can be nurtured by famous and even not so famous writers, thinkers and practitioners when we are open enough to take the time to listen and share in a faithful environment! Join us for worship this Sunday at 10AM in the Chapel!

Rev. John H. Pomeroy

September 12, 2018 02:02 PM PDT

Most of you are aware that we have sold our building and are in the process of finding a new home in Pasadena by early 2019.

Over 125 people joined us for an evening of memories, music, and reflections on Sept. 8th in our sanctuary and followed by a catered dinner in our church parlors.

Please listen to the celebration through our choir and guest musicians, shared memories and reflections from church folks through the decades.

September 11, 2018 05:18 PM PDT

Mark 7:24-37
"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."
-Albert Schweitzer

Our Bible reading for this Sunday consists of two stories of Jesus healing others. The healings are not the surprise, but rather the boundaries Jesus crosses to do the healings is the surprise. Reaching out to pagans, talking to women in public, caring about those outside of one's "tribe" are all things that Jesus models for us in these stories. Jesus urges us to consider the place of outsiders in our lives - who is in the circle of care that we tend to; who is not? We will consider these circles and our calling to be healers in our worship on Sunday. We will also welcome back our adult choir who have been on Summer hiatus. We hope you will join us!

After worship long-term member Jeff Tyler will be leading a tour of the building for those who want to come along and hear stories and see some of the nooks and crannies of this grand building.

-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy

September 11, 2018 05:13 PM PDT

"Yes, but..."
James 1:17-27

The word "qualified" has a few meanings - often it refers to whether or not a person has the necessary skills and experience to carry out a job. Another meaning refers to how we speak to one another - whether we withhold information or have concerns/reservations about what another person has said and done. In our text for worship this Sunday, we hear about standards of conduct and speech for those in the faith community. In a reflection entitled "Yes, but...." we will consider our reservations about loving one another, supporting one another and accepting one another in our own faith community - and what the cost is of giving up our power of judgment over others. Come join us in the Chapel at 10AM this holiday weekend!

-Rev. John H. Pomeroy

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