Bio Sermons

I’m enjoying the sermon series I’m doing on historical figures in the United Church of Christ. Because our church is celebrating our 50th anniversary I thought it would be fun to look back to some of the giants from the denomination’s history. And since the UCC is only 49 years old I am looking back into all four predecessor branches for inspiration. I like biographies in general. One of the things I look forward to each summer is reading one of the new giant biographies that are constantly being printed.

  

It was hard to focus on just a few people in our denominational history. This past week I talked about the Rev. John Robinson, pastor to the Pilgrims. This Sunday is about Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.†She was the daughter, sister and wife to congregational ministers and her family were rock stars for their day.

  

One of the challenges of my sermon series is focusing on an issue in the subject’s life that is pertinent for us today. Last week the talk about the Pilgrims easily led into an examination of contemporary immigration reform. If you are looking for more information on this I recommend the website www.justiceforimmigrants.org/.

  

My sermons are, of course, only one small part of our 50th anniversary celebration. We are also preparing for the anniversary weekend on April 29-30. Don’t forget to order tickets for the dinner and plan to be in worship that Sunday. There will also be a picnic following worship. If you were soliciting ads for our journal they need to be turned in by this Sunday.

  

All of these history celebrations are fun in and of themselves, but they don’t mean much if they are not also pointing to the future. I like the new UCC slogan, God is Still Speaking.†The primary reason I look to great people of the past is to be inspired to find ways in which God’s words can be told for today.

  

By the way, the UCC is starting a new round of God is Still Speaking TV commercials in a couple of weeks. You can learn about the campaign and other neat stuff about the UCC on their website, www.godisstillspeaking.org.

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