- Sign up to participate in the PUMC small group “Vital Conversations on Christians and Racial Justice”. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. starting September 24. Sign up with the link.
- Read How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi with me. You can join a zoom discussion about it in August. (You can go to Labyrinth Books in Princeton, to acquire your copy. Or use your local library’s electronic offerings. Or use bookshop.org to order books, including e-books and audiobooks, online from independent booksellers.)
Many of us look forward to hearing the Children’s Time book that will preview the ensuing sermon. Books from past weeks are arrayed on the steps and are also featured on our website. How to find them: Go to PrincetonUmc.org and click on “blog,” on the top line at the right. Here are of the blog posts:
Images of God for Young Children by Marie-Helene Delval
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander (8/16(
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner (8/9)
The Marvelous Mustard Seed by Amy Jill Levine and Sandy Eissenberg Sasso (7/26)
How Stars Fell into the Sky by Jerri Oughten (7/19)
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown (7/12)
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Peter Brown (7.5)
I am Human (and) I Am Love by Susan Verde (6/7)
The Day When God Made Church by Rebekah McCleod Hutto (5/31)
A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton (5/24)
Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman (5/17)
Many of these posts on the blog include a “read aloud” version of the book. And Evangeline Burgers, director of children’s ministry, offers her own read aloud of “The Other Side” for Father’s Day. Tip: These books make great presents for grandchildren! Do YOU have a favorite to suggest? Would YOU like to be filmed reading a book aloud? Tell Evangeline@PrincetonUMC.org
On August 23, in her sermon “Who Do You Say That I Am?,” Pastor Jenny Smith Walz quoted this poem by Steve Garnaas-Holmes, posted on August 19, 2020 in his online collection Unfolding Light.
How does the poem resonate with you? Or — what do you NOT understand, NOT like about how the poet describes Jesus?
trickster, teacher, beggar,
on no church wall,
in no good book,
but on sad streets
and in my blood,
you are my unseen neighbor,
my secret self.
You are my divine possibility,
becoming me, so close
I can almost touch myself.
Ruler of my heartbeat,
fountain of my blood,
Jesus, you are my Pacific,
my wind, my sun, my gravity.
You are my victim.
My wound, and my healing.
My death, and my undying.
You are my exceeding of myself,
my becoming of the universe.
You are the heart of all of us,
the One of us, the holy Little One.
You are so tiny in this world,
so dim, I must become you to see you,
yet can’t not see you everywhere,
everywhen, every who.
Jesus, you are the me I hope to be,
the giving of God to me,
the giving of me to all the world.
Jesus, you, whom I cannot have,
yet who are so deeply mine,
how greatly I praise, I thank, I gaze,
I follow, and I join you.
Pastor Jenny urges us to answer the question “Who do you think Jesus is” in conscious ways. “Maybe a few words. A song. A journal entry. A sermon…”
Here are some descriptions of God from this book: breath, light, night, the word, silence, secret, our tears, joy, fortress, promise, mystery, beauty, justice, peace, mercy, and love. Or — spring, rock, stream, root, wind, and fire.
What is YOUR experience of God?
On August 23 during Children’s Time, Pastor Jenny Smith Walz read Images of God for Young Children.
Hanna Schock agrees that this book should not be completed in one sitting. Each entry should be savored. The 40 themes are so rich you could create a whole series of conversations or even lessons based on the variety of images for God given here.
Comments from the service (without names, unless you’d like to have your name included)
Jesus has been my protector while we were stranded in Covid locked down India for 5 months and bringing us back us safely to NJ
my confidant, mentor, leader an example of peace, joy & love.
The one who saved my life. The one who WILL save my child
Jesus tears down systems and lifts up the oppressed. Jesus heals.
love, an advocate for the “other” and an example of how to live
I see Jesus when others help me learn and grow from my mistakes.
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Click here to enjoy “O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing My Great Redeemer’s Praise.”
“O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” is a Christian hymn written by Charles Wesley. While studying under Peter Boehler in London, Wesley suffered a bout of pleurisy, which led to the renewal of his faith on May 21, 1738.
Charles Wesley was concerned by extreme doubts about his faith during his sickness. On May 21, a gathering of Christians visited him and offered him testimony and health assistance, which strongly influenced him. He read from his Bible and found himself profoundly encouraged by the words, and at peace with God. Shortly his strength began to return.
One year after this renewal, he decided to write a hymn to commemorate this event. This hymn praises God’s glory, as many of Wesley’s hymns did, and calls for worshippers of the Lord to come together in rejoiceful singing.
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The scripture is read from the New Revised Standard Version on Sunday, August 23, 2020.
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Tom and Paula Dille took an active role at Princeton UMC — twice. First, from 1984-1987 (when their youngest daughter was a senior at Princeton High School) and then early 1995 to late 1996. Both times they were called away from Princeton to Raleigh, North Carolina as a result of demands in Tom’s work.
“We came to Princeton UMC pretty well grounded in our faith as we had been members in eight different churches before we got to Princeton,” says Tom. “For me, the most impactful activity was being able to be part of the men’s fellowship group. Paula feels that, while involved in several committees and groups, the two situations that meant the most were the small group women’s bible study (Monday Morning Group) and working with Pastor Jim Harris on leadership matters.”
Present: “Currently we are retired and living in Fort Collins, Colorado where we have been for 21 years which is a milestone. There are two important activities that are faith based that we have been meaningful. We chaired the task force on the Children and Poverty initiative started by the UMC bishops in the North Carolina conference. We also created the Dille/Dunbar Fund for schools for young women in Angola, Africa in 2004: The fund is channeled through Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ. This fund built and supports five schools in Angola through the Evangelical Congregational Church of Angola.”
At church now: “Our UCC church here in Fort Collins is taking full advantage of live streaming and zoom for worship, adult and children’s education and workable boards and ministry teams. We are heavily into immigration, racial issues, homelessness, open and affirming, and Justice & Witness. Like many people our stress is related to our national profile.”