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"Strange Things" Reflection

“Strange Things” is an apt theme for our current worship series, as well as for our lives during this unprecedented pandemic. Through our scripture readings and preaching we’ve looked at some of the strange, confusing beliefs of Christianity -- “God IS”- the belief that God exists, “The Trinity” - the relational nature of God, and “Heaven Can Wait” - the belief that Christians have important work to do here and now. We’ll tackle even more strange topics in the coming weeks.

“Strange Things” definitely describes life today - strange and confusing, even frightening. There was a moment late the other night when I suddenly had a deep longing for a simply boring, ordinary day, a day in which there was no drama, no trauma, no fear, no uncertainty, no wondering if it was a safe time to run to the store for milk, and no frantic double checking that I had my mask with me. Oh, yes, Lord, I’d like a boring day please!

I have to admit, though, that these strange things are forcing us to develop new ideas, new ways of connecting, of creating community, of singing together, even of worshiping God. It’s not been easy, some of it has been quite stressful. And then there’s tragic, needless violence

being inflicted on the streets and in homes. There are passionate cries for justice, racial understanding and equality. There are more cases of COVID-19, and more horrible deaths every day. I believe God is at work in all these events and situations, not causing them, to be sure, but working within them to open people’s minds and hearts to possibilities for change, for growth, for renewal, for a better way. God can lead us through this valley of strange things.

Loving and mysterious God, we still wrestle with understanding what it means to be a Christian, to be a follower of Jesus. Guide us, especially in the midst of all these strange things. Fill us with your Spirit of hope, peace, strength, courage and love, that we might step out boldly to do your work here and now. Amen.

-Dana Lobaugh

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Let The Bells Ring

Let the Bells Ring!

Celebrating the new Carillon at FCC For many of us, the sounds of pealing bells, sacred hymns, and spiritual melodies bring to mind a time with family, friends, and fellowship with each other. Bells sounding from atop a church reach into the surrounding community with a reminder that the church is here, perhaps even that Christian love and compassion are within reach. We’ve been blessed with the gift of a new Verdin Carillon from three generous, anonymous donors. Using the most sophisticated digital recording technology, The Verdin Company™ has captured the sounds of cast bronze bells, enabling us to enjoy the warm authentic tones of real bells—including the Westminister chime, liturgical bells, and seasonal music favorites. These electronic bells sound so “true” that most people think they’re hearing real cast bronze bells. When we are again gathered for worship in our sacred space, we’ll celebrate with a proper dedication of this glorious “instrument.” Until then, you can drive by and hear the bells ring following the conclusion of our Sunday morning worship services, and every day at noon and 5 p.m. Let the sound of joy, comfort and hope ring from First Christian Church and in all our hearts. -Dana

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