Messages from the Pastor
Bent, Bowed, and Blessed
Tuesday, September 24, 2020
When Jesus stood on that hillside and shared the Beatitudes with the people, he knew full well that they were struggling and suffering. The most fortunate among them were peasants, who barely scraped by. The less fortunate, were viewed as disposable; if they disappeared, society wouldn’t even notice. And Jesus told them that they were indeed blessed by God (Matthew 5:3-10).
While this forced flexibility has been difficult and frustrating at times, it has also been a blessing. The church has been bent and bowed as we figure out new ways to do Christ’s work. And while many things may appear different, the fundamentals of the church remain – connecting with God, serving those in need, and fostering relationships with fellow Christians! Getting through this pandemic, I have appreciated the non-Biblical beatitude “Blessed are the flexible"; it reminds me that the work of the church is ever evolving, that God is blessing us when we are required to change, and that God is stretching us in preparation for new and wonderful ministry!
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Many of us are tied to our clocks and calendars. After all, we have appointments to keep and deadlines to meet, and wasting time is a luxury most of us cannot afford. In the Bible, this kind of time is called Chronos. Chronos is the linear, measurable time that determines our schedules. . . . .
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North Guilford Congregational is a church with a long history of faithful service, as well as a rich and relevant ministry today. We are nourished by prayer, inspired through worship, blessed with gifted members of all ages, and determined to live our faith in the world. We would love to get to know you, learn what you are passionate about, and be a part of your faith journey.