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God in Movement

Jay Forth
Jay Forth
Scripture: Exodus 33:12-23
I think our time together needs to start with a personal confession, my personal
confession: I am struggling with despair this year. The events this year have weighed
heavily on me. The brazen fascism; an unyielding pandemic; a sudden economic
collapse; the increasing vulnerability black, brown, and immigrant communities in all of
this; and the coordinated political attack on reproductive justice feel far too much to

Tenants of the Vineyard

Jonathan Lacock-Nisly

Readings: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 and Psalm 19  •  Philippians 3:4b-14  •  Matthew 21:33-46

Good morning, 8th Day! It’s great to be worshiping with you all today. I’m especially excited to be sharing the teaching today because this Sunday and throughout the fall, there are over 40 congregations in our region who are joining with us in celebrating Climate in the Pulpits. Whether it’s through a guest preacher, like me, or a separate workshop and discussion time, these congregations are joining with you in learning about and acting on our damaged climate.

Meditating with Howard Thurman

Rebecca Waugh

Our teaching today is a series of readings which draw from the “Meditations of the Heart” by Howard Thurman and our lectionary scriptures. While Howard Thurman was ahead of his time in many ways, Thurman tended to use masculine pronouns as the default in referring to God and people. In our readings today you may hear us adapt the words to have gender neutral pronouns.

Let the River Carry You

Killian Noe

August 16, 2020

Text: John 8:1-11

That gospel reading is one of my favorites.

I love that Jesus did not respond immediately to the religious authorities, but knelt and began writing in the dirt with his finger. 

Perhaps he needed a minute to connect with his deepest, truest self in order to respond from that place.

Perhaps Jesus wanted to give them a minute to pause and connect with their own, truest selves.

What we know from the story is that Jesus called them to self-reflection, not as a mob, but as individuals.  He said, “Let the ONE who has not sinned be the ONE to cast the first stone.”