From the River’s Edge – The Pastors’ Blog

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Welcome to “From the River’s Edge,” the official blog for the ministers on staff here at BCCUCC. Reverends Dale and Brendan will periodically share their thoughts on our church, faith, community, and larger world issues. At this point, we don’t have a “Comments” section up and running, but we may start that up at some point. In the meantime, they are both willing to talk and share in person with you about any of the points they raise. Feel free to email either of them at dale@bccucc.org or brendan@bccucc.org. Although you not agree with everything they share, we hope you will find these messages thought provoking and faith enriching.

 

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 […]