Church


06
Dec 2017
White Gift Tradition

One of my favorite traditions while I was a student at Hollins University was the White Gift Service.  It was a worship service held in the University’s beautiful duPont chapel on one of the first Sundays in December.  As a member of the Hollins Chapel Choir, we prepared beautiful Advent and Christmas music for this occasion each year.  The service also included scripture, appropriate readings, candle lighting, bells from the carillon, stories, dance, and instrumental music from the large pipe organ, and solo performances from the music staff.   Many people in the......

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27
Nov 2017

One of the opening numbers of the Broadway musical Godspell is “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” . It is sung first by the character John the Baptist and then the rest of the cast joins in.  The spirited song quotes the words from John the Baptist’s sermon reminding folks that he is not the Holy One but indeed there is one more powerful than he that will come after him. One of the ways that the Church prepares for the coming of their Savior is by adorning their sanctuaries with......

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15
Nov 2017
Home

What is home to you? Better yet, who is home to you? You are probably thinking about a house, a city, a neighborhood, family members or maybe even a roommate or really good friend. Listen to how Israel answers the question in Psalm 90 through Eugene Petersen’s translation called The Message: God, it seems you’ve been our home forever; long before the mountains were born, long before you brought earth itself to birth, from “once upon a time” to “kingdom come”—you are God. (v1-2) God is their home. God has been their home for......

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14
Nov 2017
Patterns

Life is full of patterns. Sometimes we follow them. Sometimes we break them. But what does it look like for a pattern to be both followed and broken?  What message might God want to share with us through stories in scripture that break some patterns and follow others? The book of Judges displays a pattern of leadership.  The pattern is this: People of Israel sin and turn against God.  God gives the Israelites over to hands of their enemies The Israelites suffer and call out to God for help. God raises a......

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08
Nov 2017
Veteran's Day Concert

About 5 years ago, the Community Chorus of Dunn, that met at Hood Memorial Christian Church, hosted a Veteran’s Day Concert.  This year we again are hosting the Veteran’s Day Concert for our community but it will be a little different.  This year, Hood Memorial Christian Church is offering this concert to our community as our gift to the veterans and their families and our way of saying thank you. We will have many special guests present at this concert.  We have gathered a community chorus especially for this event and they......

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05
Sep 2017
Amazing Grace!

The 2006 movie Amazing Grace featured the story behind the well-loved text written in 1774.  John Newton was a former slave trader and sailor turned preacher.  You can imagine that he felt the need for God’s grace in his life.   The text was allegedly written for a New Year’s Service in 1774 where Newton preached on 1 Chronicles 17.  In that Scripture, the prophet Nathan reports to David that God will bless him and his throne will continue. David then goes before the Lord and asks “Who am I, O Lord God, and......

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29
Aug 2017
Freeway

Freeway – a not so perfect guide to freedom…just 12 days away! I am incredibly excited for our family of faith at Hood MCC to experience this amazing journey together! Freeway is a spiritual journey for those who have realized they have spent too much of their life believing something about themselves or others or God that turns out to be not the least bit true. It’s for those who have wrestled with regrets or have been labeled or stigmatized or called something that, if we are honest, kinda hurt. Freeway is......

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14
Jun 2017
Faith of Our Fathers

Psalm 116:1-2; 12-19 I love the Lord, because he has heard     my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me,     therefore I will call on him as long as I live. What shall I return to the Lord     for all his bounty to me?  I will lift up the cup of salvation     and call on the name of the Lord,  I will pay my vows to the Lord     in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord     is the death of his faithful ones. O Lord, I am your servant;......

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06
Jun 2017
A Deeper Welcome

Welcome. It seems such a simple idea practiced through friendly greetings, warm invitations, kind receptions, complimentary acknowledgements, and attentive presence. Yet true welcome is far more elusive than we typically think. It is commonly said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The same is true for welcome. Try as we might to make someone feel welcomed, we often fail and do not even realize it. What makes one person feel welcome may make another person feel smothered or accosted. For example, think of ways folks have been welcomed at......

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30
May 2017
The Story of the Ehad

Journey back with me to a story I shared on Pentecost Sunday a year ago about the oneness and unity we celebrate as a diverse community created and brought together by God through the workings of Spirit. The Parable of the Ehad The Ehad were a small group of travelers known across the land of Aretz for their oneness. They were small, colorless creatures that looked much like a bubble. They had few other features on their bodies and really little need for much else because of their sameness. That is, they......

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