Midweek Message June 26, 2024

Sunday’s service was about things that didn’t go as we hoped they would. How do we hold those disappointments in ways that don’t keep us stuck in the past, or make us afraid to hope again? Several people spoke about disappointments they’d faced - family health crises, broken relationships, and events curtailed by the pandemic. Like the disciples walking along the road to Emmaus in Sunday’s gospel reading from Luke 24:13-19, expectations had been dashed and hopes crushed. And, like these disciples, we might not have recognized that Jesus was walking with us.
If you couldn’t join us for worship on Sunday, we encourage you to participate using the link below. You are welcome to engage with the whole service, but this link will begin with the sermon time, which was shared with several speakers. Even if you were in worship on Sunday, take this opportunity to watch again. Whether you are watching again or for the first time, reflect on something that didn’t go how you hoped. How is that impacting you today? One of the tasks we face during this time of regrouping after the pandemic, and facing a future that feels more uncertain than it did before, is how to move forward from here, individually and institutionally. What disappointments might be holding you back? Is your hope being held hostage by the past? Can you let go of that disappointment and recognize Jesus walking beside you?

Cydne Cochran
UCC Member in Discernment

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Ministry HIghlight: Bellingham Pride


Next Sunday, July 7, is Bellingham Pride! Consider walking in the parade with Pastor Sharon. Line up is 10:30 am at Waypoint Park. The Mission & Justice Board is making plans to help folks who want to participate in the parade, so watch the announcements for more details.