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Welcome to the weekly audio podcast of Rev. Adam Ericksen of Clackamas United Church of Christ, a progressive, inclusive, Christian community seeking to follow in the way of Jesus. Located in Milwaukie, Oregon.

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Welcome to the weekly audio podcast of Rev. Adam Ericksen of Clackamas United Church of Christ, a progressive, inclusive, Christian community seeking to follow in the way of Jesus. Located in Milwaukie, Oregon.

    The Case for Christian Atheism on National Coming Out Day

    The Case for Christian Atheism on National Coming Out Day

    Jesus tells a parable about a king who throws a party. But there's a problem. Nobody comes! And what does the king do in response? He burns down the whole town. Ouch. Throughout the centuries, many Christians have interpreted this parable as a story of divine judgment. If you reject God's party, God will act like the king and reject you. But is that really what Jesus is saying in this parable? If so, I personally would rather be an atheist than believe in such a vindictive God. In light of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, I think there is a better way to understand this parable. I look forward to exploring it today. It's also National Coming Out Day! Today we will proclaim the belovedness of our LGBTQIA siblings. Thank God for those of us who are LGBTQIA!



    Prelude



    Adam: God be with you. All: And also with you.



    Welcome and Announcements – Adam Ericksen



    Lighting of the Peace Candle – Larry Kirk and Adam Adam: Our tradition at CUCC is to light a peace candle at the beginning of each worship service to center ourselves around the Peace of God. Larry will lead us in the liturgy as Gavin lights the candle… Larry: I invite you to join us in lighting the peace candle… All: We pray for peace in our hearts, in our homes, in our communities, in our nations, and in our worlds.



    Scripture Readings



    *Call to Worship – Larry Larry: Please join us in the call to worship… Larry: In the midst of fear and anger; in the midst of mayhem and destruction, God calls us into another way. All: But who is this God? Larry: This is the God of love who invites everyone to the feast of joy. All: But what if we are too busy and distracted by other things? Will God reject us? Larry: No. God never rejects us. We may reject one another and God, but God always comes to us with the invitation of love. All: May we receive God’s love and share it with everyone. Amen.



    Children’s Moment



    *Passing of the Peace – Larry Larry: Friends, although we are physically separated as we practice social distance, in reality we are all connected. And so we come to the point in our service where we pass the peace with one another. I invite you to open your palms up like this and imagine yourself connected to everyone watching this livestream as we pass the peace to one another. Larry: Beloved of God, may the peace of Christ be with you. All: And also with you.



    Invitation to the Offering Adam Ericksen



    Song: Sweet Hour of Prayer, sung by Rhonda, Debbie, Jeff, and Dave



    Prayers of the People – Adam (After each prayer, Adam will say, “God in your love” and you are invited to respond with “hear our prayers.”)



    Community Prayer and Lord’s Prayer – Larry Our God, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.



    Sermon – The Case for Christian Atheism on National Coming Out Day



    *Unison Benediction – Larry Kirk May God bless you and keep you. May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May God look upon you with kindness and bring you peace. This day and forevermore. Amen -Numbers 6:24-26
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Confirmation of The Rev. Tyler Connoley!

    Confirmation of The Rev. Tyler Connoley!

    We are celebrating the installation of our Conference Minister (like a Bishop) here in the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ! The Rev. Tyler Connoley will be officially installed today! He is a wonderful leader who happens to be an openly gay man. That’s right! In the United Church of Christ an opely LGBTQIA person can attain the highest leadership roles in our denomination. Thanks be to God!
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Do Not Overly Spiritualize Jesus

    Do Not Overly Spiritualize Jesus

    One of the big problems with American Christianity is that we have overly spiritualized Jesus. From his teachings about the Kingdom of God to his parables to his miracles, American Christianity has trained us to believe Jesus was talking about a place you go after you die.

    Today is Just Peace Sunday throughout the United Church of Christ. Today we will explore a parable that Jesus told in Matthew 20:1-16. It's primarily about economics and politics and justice.



    Prelude

    Adam: God be with you.
    All: And also with you.
    Welcome and Announcements – Adam Ericksen

    Lighting of the Peace Candle – Jeff Pratt and Adam
    Adam: Our tradition at CUCC is to light a peace candle at the beginning of each worship service to center ourselves around the Peace of God. Jeff will lead us in the liturgy as Gavin lights the candle…
    Jeff: I invite you to join us in lighting the peace candle…
    All: We pray for peace in our hearts, in our homes,
    in our communities, in our nations, and in our worlds.

    Scripture Readings – Matthew 20:1-16

    *Call to Worship – Jeff
    Jeff: Please join us in the call to worship…
    Jeff: Call all the laborers.
    All: To the laborers came early.
    Jeff: To the laborers who came late.
    All: To the laborers who feel overlooked.
    Jeff: To the laborers who can’t feed their children with this wage.
    All: To the laborers who share their wage so that all people can eat.
    Jeff: God calls us to labor for a more just world.
    All: Let us roll up our sleeves and do the work. Amen.

    Children’s Moment

    *Passing of the Peace – Jeff
    Jeff: Friends, although we are physically separated as we practice social distance, in reality we are all connected. And so we come to the point in our service where we pass the peace with one another. I invite you to open your palms up like this and imagine yourself connected to everyone watching this livestream as we pass the peace to one another.
    Jeff: Beloved of God, may the peace of Christ be with you.
    All: And also with you.

    Invitation to the Offering Adam Ericksen

    Special Music – Smoke Blanket Fire Sky – Annie Vergnetti

    Prayers of the People – Adam
    (After each prayer, Adam will say, “God in your love” and you are invited to respond with “hear our prayers.”)
    Community Prayer and Lord’s Prayer - Jeff
    Our God, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed by thy name.
    Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts,
    as we forgive our debtors.
    And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
    For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
    forever and ever. Amen.

    Sermon – Justice and Generosity

    *Unison Benediction – Jeff Pratt
    May God bless you and keep you.
    May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
    May God look upon you with kindness and bring you peace.
    This day and forever more. Amen
    -Numbers 6:24-26
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Hope and the Apocalypse

    Hope and the Apocalypse

    These times are tough. But together, we are tougher. Fires, pandemics, racism, corrupt politicians. Many are asking, "Is this the Apocalypse?" Maybe. But hope rises.
    "Because it's Portland everyone is stepping up." - Erika Beseda, Clackamas UCC member



    Prelude
    Adam: God be with you.
     All: And also with you.
     Welcome and Announcements – Adam Ericksen
     
    Lighting of the Peace Candle – Alison Gary and Adam
    Adam: Our tradition at CUCC is to light a peace candle at the beginning of each worship service to center ourselves around the Peace of God. Alison will lead us in the liturgy as Gavin lights the candle…
     
    Alison: I invite you to join us in lighting the peace candle…
    All: We pray for peace in our hearts,
    in our homes, in our communities,
    in our nations, and in our worlds.
     
    Scripture Readings
    Matthew 18:21-35
     
    *Call to Worship – Alison
     Alison: Please join us in the call to worship…
    Alison: Peter asked Jesus, “How often should I forgive?”
    All: Jesus said 77 times.
    Alison: Does that mean we should count and then stop forgiving at 78?
    All: No. We will keep going.
    Alison: But why?
    All: Because God has forgiven us. May we forgive, too. Amen.
     
    Special Music – Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Emily Elizabeth Schott
     
    Children’s Moment
     
    *Passing of the Peace – Alison
    Alison: Friends, although we are physically separated as we practice social distance, in reality we are all connected. And so we come to the point in our service where we pass the peace with one another. I invite you to open your palms up like this and imagine yourself connected to everyone watching this livestream as we pass the peace to one another.
    Alison: Beloved of God, may the peace of Christ be with you.
    All: And also with you.
     
    Invitation to the Offering Adam Ericksen
     
    Prayers of the People – Adam
    (After each prayer, Adam will say, “God in your love” and you are invited to respond with “hear our prayers.”)
     
    Community Prayer and Lord’s Prayer - Alison
    Our God,
    Who art in Heaven,
    Hallowed by thy name.
    Thy kingdom come,
    Thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread,
    and forgive us our debts,
    as we forgive our debtors.
    And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
    For Thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory,
    forever and ever. Amen.
     
    Sermon – How to Survive the Apocalypse
     
    *Unison Benediction – Alison Gary
    May God bless you and keep you.
    May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
    May God look upon you with kindness and bring you peace.
    This day and forever more. Amen
    -Numbers 6:24-26




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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Jesus and Nonviolent Conflict Resolution

    Jesus and Nonviolent Conflict Resolution

    Today we will hear Jesus’ teachings on nonviolent conflict resolution. Could you use a little conflict resolution these days?



    We will also celebrate Communion, so we invite you to get a piece of bread and juice (or whatever you’d like). Everyone is welcome to participate in Communion. For example, if you are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Straight, Atheist, Agnostic, Pagan, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Black, Brown, White, etc – you are welcome to join in Communion. Why do we have an open table? Because God loves you. So come, just as you are, to worship this morning.



    Prelude



    Adam: God be with you.



    All: And also with you.



    Welcome and Announcements – Adam Ericksen



    Lighting of the Peace Candle – Amira Stanley and Adam



    Adam: Our tradition at CUCC is to light a peace candle at the beginning of each worship service to center ourselves around the Peace of God. Amira will lead us in the liturgy as Gavin lights the candle…



    Amira: I invite you to join us in lighting the peace candle…



    All: We pray for peacein our hearts,in our homes,in our communities,in our nations,and in our worlds.



    Scripture Readings



    Matthew 18:15-20



    *Call to Worship – Amira



    Amira: Please join us in the call to worship…



    Amira: Jesus says that whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.



    All: May we be bound with love.



    Amira: There are so many competing demands that seek to bind us in knots: aging parents and partners, work, school, and church. Racism, economic instability, and political turmoil.



    All: May we be bound with love.



    Amira: Sometimes we need to take a step back and loosen ourselves from the things that bind us up so that we can be bound by something greater.



    All: May we be bound with love. Amen.



    Children’s Moment



    *Passing of the Peace – Amira



    Amira: Friends, although we are physically separated as we practice social distance, in reality we are all connected. And so we come to the point in our service where we pass the peace with one another. I invite you to open your palms up like this and imagine yourself connected to everyone watching this livestream as we pass the peace to one another.



    Amira: Beloved of God, may the peace of Christ be with you.



    All: And also with you.



    Song: What a Friend We Have in Jesus – Rhonda, Debbie, Dave, and Jeff.



    Invitation to the Offering Adam Ericksen



    Prayers of the People – Adam



    (After each prayer, Adam will say, “God in your love” and you are invited to respond with “hear our prayers.”)



    Community Prayer and Lord’s Prayer – Amira



    Our God,Who art in Heaven,Hallowed by thy name.Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.For Thine is the kingdom,and the power, and the glory,forever and ever. Amen.



    Sermon – Jesus and Nonviolent Conflict Resolution – Amira and Adam



    Communion – Amira and Adam



    *Unison Benediction – Amira Stanley



    May God bless you and keep you.May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.May God look upon you with kindness and bring you peace.This day and forever more. Amen-Numbers 6:24-26
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Gospel and the End of White Christian Power

    The Gospel and the End of White Christian Power

    Welcome to Worship! We invite you to prepare your hearts and minds for worship with this prelude music.



    Prelude



    Adam: God be with you.



    All: And also with you.



    Welcome and Announcements – Adam Ericksen



    Lighting of the Peace Candle – Ellery and David Palanuk



    Ellery: Our tradition at CUCC is to light a peace candle at the beginning of each worship service to center ourselves around the Peace of God. David will lead us in the liturgy as Willow (?) lights the candle…



    David: I invite you to join us in lighting the peace candle…



    All: We pray for peacein our hearts,in our homes,in our communities,in our nations,and in our worlds.



    Scripture Readings



    Matthew 16:21-28



    *Call to Worship – David and Ellery



    David: Please join us in the call to worship…



    Ellery: Jesus is on a journey to Jerusalem.



    All: There will be opposition and misunderstanding on the way.



    David: Jesus invites us to follow him on the journey.



    All: We will also face opposition and misunderstanding on the way.



    Ellery: Jesus invites us to respond to opposition and misunderstand not with hate, but with love and a commitment to a more just world.



    All: May the Spirit of Love embolden us as we journey together for a more just and loving world. Amen.



    Children’s Moment



    Song – What Does the Lord Require of You – by Donna Converse and the choir at Eureka United Church of Christ



    *Passing of the Peace – Ellery and David



    Ellery: Friends, although we are physically separated as we practice social distance, in reality we are all connected. And so we come to the point in our service where we pass the peace with one another. I invite you to open your palms up like this and imagine yourself connected to everyone watching this livestream as we pass the peace to one another.



    David: Beloved of God, may the peace of Christ be with you.



    All: And also with you.



    Invitation to the Offering Adam Ericksen



    Prayers of the People – Adam



    (After each prayer, Adam will say, “God in your love” and you are invited to respond with “hear our prayers.”)



    Community Prayer and Lord’s Prayer – David and Ellery



    Our God,Who art in Heaven,Hallowed by thy name.Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.For Thine is the kingdom,and the power, and the glory,forever and ever. Amen.



    Sermon – The Gospel and the End of White Christian Power



    *Unison Benediction – Ellery and David



    Ellery: We invite you to join us in the Unison Benediction



    David: May God bless you and keep you.May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.May God look upon you with kindness and bring you peace.This day and forever more. Amen-Numbers 6:24-26
    The post The Gospel and the End of White Christian Power appeared first on Clackamas United Church of Christ.

    • 51 min

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