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Grace Traces

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Center of Faith

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13


Chances are pretty good that you've heard the above passage at some point.  Chances are more than pretty good that it was at a wedding.  I think 1 Corinthians has occupied the number one most requested Bible passage for wedding now for decades.  It is the crowd favorite.  And because of the setting, it is easy to miss that middle word, "hope".  When in the world did "hope" come into play?  When was the last time the minister at a wedding went off on a tangent about "hope" being an important ingredient in marriage?  Forgiveness, you bet.  That is a daily need in a relationship.  Love, why dull, why else get married?  Yet, I think, hope not only under-girds our relationships; but ultimately our connection with God.  Hope is the chewy, caramel center of the faith candy bar.  Read More


Making Sense of Scripture

Thursday, August 28, 6:30 p.m., Chapel

Pastor Wes is offering a new Adult Education opportunity. Mark your calendars for Thursday evenings, August 28, September 4 and 11, from 6:30-8 p.m. in our Chapel. The title is "Making Sense of Scripture" based on the book by the same name by David Lose. You do not need to read the book to participate in the class. The class is designed to help you understand how you approach Scripture and the alternative ways others approach Scripture.

Dr. Lose was one of Pastor Wes' professors at Luther Seminary during his doctorate work. He maintains a blog (http://www.davidlose.net/) if you would like to familiarize yourself with his writings and style. See you, along with your fellow members, starting August 28.


Worship This Sunday

Please join us this Sunday for WORSHIP at 10 am

This Sunday for our Labor Day celebration.  The focus scripture will be Psalm 100, click here to read before coming to worship.  The sermon will weave in music from Greg Chestnut.  We hope you will join us in worship and bring a friend!  All are welcome here: whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey.  


Bible Study

You are invited to dwell in the Word with us EVERY Wednesday morning from 11 am to noon.  We meet in the Fellowship Hall of the church to study and talk about the scripture for the upcoming Sunday.  Here are a few upcoming passages

August 27 we will study Psalm 100 along with a special treat

September 3 we will study Genesis 8, story of Noah

September 10 we will study Genesis 12, story of Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah

September 17 we will study Genesis 37, story of Joseph of "Technicolor Coat" fame

September 24: No Bible Study

Hope you will join in the conversation.  You are always welcome.

Contact Information

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1031 S. Euclid Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone: (941) 953-7044 or (941) 365-4463
Fax: (941) 952-5245

Email: uccsarasota@aol.com

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