It was a crowded place, the temple courtyard. Pilgrims came from near and far to make their sacrifices and, fervid with hope that they might be consoled with some strong sense of the holy, at least enough holiness to take them in faith to the end of their days. As is always the case, there are those who need to play to the crowd with acts of self-justification, spreading wide their peacock feathers and making a big show of throwing their offering into the treasury. Continue reading
The faith leaders of four congregations surrounding Rice University went on a “pilgrimage of lament” to the Memorial for Peace and Justice (aka: the Lynching Memorial). In a panel style format they will share about the impact the memorial had for their faith.
Reverend Michael Dunn
First Christian Church
Reverend Neil Willard
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
Rabbi Oren Hayon
Congregation Emanu El
Reverend Duane Larson
Christ the King Lutheran Church
6:30 p.m. Registration and Gathering with wine and refreshments
7:00 p.m. Program starts
8:00 p.m. Questions and Conversation
8:30 p.m. Departure
Child Care with Advance Reservation Only: Deadline is November 10.
Vicki Barfield, FCC Dir. of Children’s Ministries, firstname.lastname@example.org
Service of the Word Thursday, November 22, 10:30 a.m.
The service will include traditional Thanksgiving hymns, a sermon, and a Litany of Thanksgiving. All are welcome. Casual attire is encouraged.
Dinner at Christ the King Church, 11:45 a.m.
Grandma comes to the parish hall – and you don’t even have to drive “over the river and through the woods”– for Thanksgiving Dinner! Paul and Marie Monroe have graciously volunteered to prepare turkey & dressing for a family-style Thanksgiving Day dinner in the parish hall. Any students who aren’t going home, young adults without plans, and all adults without family in town are invited to join them. If you would like, you may bring a covered dish to share (salad, vegetable, bread, dessert, fancy drinks, etc.). For an accurate count, please notify Beverly Davis. However, if you don’t sign up, you are still welcome: everyone will eat their fill and we’ll have baskets of food left over. Thanksgiving dinner will begin around 11:45 a.m. and run until the turkey tryptophan kicks in.
Based on Mark 10:46-52
What should a would-be faithful pastor say today? It is all too much. Just too much. This whole week the shadow side of this nation has been exposed as more evil than we would ever want to imagine. The violence of rhetorical and real bombs and bullets gave way to a mass killing of sisters and brothers at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the largest event anti-Semitic violence in American history. Then as the usual demonic anti-liturgy began with its victim blaming that people of faith should be armed (!), haters simply amped up on their preferred networks with their anti-Semitic dog whistles about globalism and Jewish funded refugees headed to our –our?–promised land. On and on, the haters believe they have license to extend their toxicity and the talking heads who earn their money by performative outrage continue to stir up fear and hate in the vast innocent public majority. Continue reading
Food and Fellowship
Ever Popular Sociables
Piecemakers Quilt Drawing
Proceeds from our Festival party benefit Lutherhill Ministries and our Service and Care Ministries, including Christian Community Service Center, SEARCH Homeless Services, Meals on Wheels, the Hospitality Apartments and more.
Admission Tickets: Late sales $20 per person. Online or at church.