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We Are Preparing a Sacred Place

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          November 25, 2019

This Advent season, we are having a little fun and doing a little good…
and we need your help!

In case you don’t know, Advent is a season in the Christian year consisting of up to four weeks covering the four Sundays leading to Christmas. Advent derives its name from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” The season proclaims the comings of the Christ–whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again, who comes continually in Word and Spirit, and whose return in […]

If we want to be the change then we cannot be neutral

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Associate Minister          –          November 14, 2019

And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.” – John 2:15

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and love and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.” – Matthew 23:23

I observe a societal trend taking root.  […]

Be the Change…

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          October 31, 2019

You’ve been hearing it for a while now:

Be the change..

This, of course, is a truncated version of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” By saying this, Gandhi was challenging us to not wait around for the world to change, but rather to be the change agent that transforms the world. After all, every significant change begins with one person.

Although you were introduced to this quote through our stewardship campaign, it will soon […]

Living Water! Be the Change!

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          October 15, 2019

I have exciting news! I recently received a “Make a Difference Grant” from the Genesis Fund of the United Church of Christ to support a program I developed to be offered this year for our church as well as the broader community. For your information, “The Genesis Fund, established in 1996 from funds raised through the Make a Difference Campaign, provides seed money for faith-based projects that are innovative or experimental, and/or represent a […]

Why do you worship?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          October 1, 2019

What a fascinating question that is.

Why do you worship?

There are many different facets to that question and, likely, countless different answers. What I am asking today is, why does anyone worship? What is the point of us coming together each week to worship?

Adoration

Let’s start off with the name: worship. Think about that word for a moment. What does it mean to worship? AND, can what we do on Sunday morning actually be considered worship? Do we, in fact, worship? […]

Get Up High!

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          September 15, 2019

In the very midst of their destruction, the prophet Isaiah empowers the people of God. The people in exile feel abandoned by God because they have been severed from the land. Isaiah comforts them in their hopelessness, saying, “Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings, lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, … Lift it up, do not fear.” (Isaiah 40:9) We, as humans, are currently […]

We are starting something new! (or, perhaps, not so new?)

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          September 1, 2019

For years at BCCUCC, we have periodically hosted what we call Worship for All Ages Sundays. Unfortunately, over the past few years that title has often been interpreted as Stay-at-home-and-sleep-in-because-it’s-a-three-day-weekend-and-there-is-no-church-school Sundays. Well, this year we are setting about changing that.

Brendan, Andrea and I, will be doing things quite different on these Sundays in the year ahead. We have designated 8 special Sundays as All Ages Worship Sundays, during which we will be intentional in creating a multi-generational worship experience. Multi-generational worship is […]

Never Alone.

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          August 15, 2019

“Holy Spirit is Life-giving life.  Invisible life that sustains ALL, I awaken to life in everything.  In every waft of air, the air is life, greening and blossoming.  The waters flow with life.  The sun is lit with life.  The moon, when waning, is again rekindled by the sun, waxing with life once more.  The stars shine, radiating with life-light.  All creation is gifted with the ecstasy of God’s light.”  -St. […]

What does God want from you?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          August 1, 2019

There is something about being on vacation that makes me ponder the future. I ask myself things like “What will next year be like?” or “What do I want to be doing in five years? Or 10 years?” It was while I was pondering these things that an even more powerful question came to me:

What does God want from me?

I know this sounds like a basic question and one that we, as people of faith, ought ask ourselves regularly. But for […]

What Happened at Synod?

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Associate Minister    –     July 18, 2019   

What Happened at Synod?

and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:8

I wanted to take this month’s letter as an opportunity to give a quick update of General Synod 2019.  For those who did not know, I was able to go to the national governing meeting of the UCC at the end of June. (For those who don’t know, the United Church of Christ, […]

Are We a Social Club, a Mission, or a Monastery?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          July 1, 2019

What Is Our Purpose?

What is the purpose of a church in our modern American context? This might sound like an overly simple questions, but it is actually quite challenging. Throughout the ages, the concept of church has adopted any number of meaningful roles in society. Churches have been patrons of the arts, places of sanctuary amid violence and oppression, islands of education and learning, anointers of kings and governments, proclaimers of truth and salvation, and providers of food, shelter, and medicine for […]

2019 General Synod of the United Church of Christ

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister  

Dear BCCUCC,

You might be wondering where I am from June 20th to June 26th.  I will be attending the 32nd General Synod of the United Church of Christ as part of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative.  “What’s General Synod?” some of you might ask… well let me tell you.

General Synod is a meeting of delegates, visitors, and guests from throughout our church, our whole denomination, and it happens […]

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          May 15, 2019

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10

We can think of “ministry” as being all acts of service. I have heard ministry defined by a member of this church as, “providing what is needed.” We have been sent out as Jesus’s church to do just that… provide what is needed. We are sent out to bring healing for […]

So what is this “Coaching” thing Dale is doing?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          May 1, 2019

“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

As many of you know, I was away for a week last month, selected to participate in a special clergy training focused on Clergy Coaching. I thought it would be helpful to share a little bit about the experience, what coaching is, and how it will be of benefit to us.

First off, it was an amazing experience that taught me a lot and has given me […]

All things in common…

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          Apr. 15, 2019

“Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them.” -Acts 4:32-34

Resurrection marks the destination of […]