The First Congregational United Church of Christ (DeWitt, Iowa) Podcast
Episode 19: Be the Church: Enjoy This Life

Episode 19: Be the Church: Enjoy This Life

August 9, 2020

This week on the podcast: We start with our worship service for August 9, 2020, continuing our Be the Church series with a sermon about enjoying this life. Then, Pastor Chris talks about joy.

Worship starts at about 1:23. Scripture is at about 3:50, sermon at about 5:58, and prayer at around 17:00. Pastor Chris's additional segment is at about 19:16.

We are back for in-person services at 9:30 on Sunday morning! We meet in the parking lot over AM radio. Sit in your car and listen, or bring a lawn chair and portable radio (and please wear a mask and keep a healthy distance). You can also find our prerecorded video services on our website: uccdewitt.org.

The scripture reading this week was Ecclesiastes 5:13-20. That link will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

Music in this episode includes:

Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Pride by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4239-pride
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Episode 18: Be the Church: Love God

Episode 18: Be the Church: Love God

August 2, 2020

This week on the podcast: We start with our worship service for August 2, 2020, continuing our Be the Church series with a sermon about loving God. Then, Pastor Chris talks about a metaphor he used in the sermon—that being a Christian is more like joining the Peace Corps than having a Netflix account—and applies that to church membership.

Worship starts at about 1:25. Scripture is at about 4:10, sermon at about 6:30, and prayer at around 17:30. Pastor Chris's additional segment is at about 20:35.

We are back for in-person services at 9:30 on Sunday morning! We meet in the parking lot over AM radio. Sit in your car and listen, or bring a lawn chair and portable radio (and please wear a mask and keep a healthy distance). You can also find our prerecorded video services on our website: uccdewitt.org.

The scripture reading this week was Deuteronomy 6:1-9. That link will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

Episode 17: Be the Church: Embrace Diversity

Episode 17: Be the Church: Embrace Diversity

July 26, 2020

This week on the podcast: We start with our worship service for July 26, 2020, continuing our Be the Church series with a sermon on embracing diversity. Then, Pastor Chris talks a little bit about the kinds of diversity that we don't embrace: the ideas and behaviors that deny the full humanity of our friends and neighbors.

 

Worship starts at about 1:43. Scripture is at about 4:29, sermon at about 7:33, and prayer at around 19:09. Pastor Chris's additional segment is at about 22:25. There are also some important announcements at about 30:23.

 

We are back for in-person services at 9:30 on Sunday morning! We meet in the parking lot over AM radio. Sit in your car and listen, or bring a lawn chair and portable radio (and please wear a mask and keep a healthy distance). You can also find our prerecorded video services on our website: uccdewitt.org.

 

The scripture reading this week was Acts 8:26-40. That link will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

 

Our music includes Funkorama and Pride, both by Kevin MacLeod.

Episode 16: Be the Church: Share Earthly and Spiritual Resources

Episode 16: Be the Church: Share Earthly and Spiritual Resources

July 20, 2020

This week on the podcast: Pastor Chris talks about sharing our resources, and how generosity is good for us. Plus, an audio version of our online worship service that includes the scripture and sermon for July 19, 2020.

This is a new format for us. We had been releasing two podcasts each week: one with just the scripture and sermon for the week, and one with Pastor Chris talking about a topic. Now, we're combining this together. Our  theme segment is at the top this week, then our worship service.

This week, the theme segment, where Pastor Chris talks about sharing and generosity, is at about 1:12. Worship starts at about 12:14, with scripture at about 14:56, the sermon at about 16:37, and prayer at about 26:53.

We are hoping to return to in-person services on July 26, 2020. We may be doing a parking lot radio service, we might be having an outdoor service, or we might be inside. Keep an eye on our website and social media to get details and join us at 9:30am! If you're not comfortable with in-person worship yet, you can still find our prerecorded worship service at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. You can find more information about that, and learn more about us, by visiting uccdewitt.org.

The scripture reading this week was Acts 4:32-37. That link will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

Our music includes Funkorama and Pride, both by Kevin MacLeod.

Episode 15: Be the Church: Fight for the Powerless/What Can We Do?

Episode 15: Be the Church: Fight for the Powerless/What Can We Do?

July 13, 2020

This week on the podcast: Pastor Chris responds to a question that someone asked last week, "What can we do, here and now, to be the church?". Plus, an audio version of our online worship service that includes the scripture and sermon for July 12, 2020.

This is a new format for us. We had been releasing two podcasts each week: one with just the scripture and sermon for the week, and one with Pastor Chris talking about a topic. Now, we're combining this together. Our  worship service is at the top this week, then our theme segment.

This week, worship starts at about the 2 minute mark, with scripture at about 4:38, the sermon at about 7:52, and prayer at about 22:15. The theme segment starts at about 26:20.

We are only meeting online right now. You can join us for a prerecorded worship service at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. You can find more information about that, and learn more about us, by visiting uccdewitt.org.

The scripture reading this week was Isaiah 58:3-12. That link will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

Our music includes Funkorama and Pride, both by Kevin MacLeod.

Episode 14: Be the Church: Reject Racism

Episode 14: Be the Church: Reject Racism

July 6, 2020

This week on the podcast: Pastor Chris talks about racism. Plus, an audio version of our online worship service that includes the scripture and sermon for July 5, 2020.

This is a new format for us. We had been releasing two podcasts each week: one with just the scripture and sermon for the week, and one with Pastor Chris talking about a topic. Now, we're combining this together. Our theme segment is at the top, then our worship service.

This week, our theme segment starts at about 2:35. Worship starts just before the 15 minute mark, with scripture at about 17:24, the sermon at about 19:23, and prayer at about 34:20.

We are only meeting online right now. You can join us for a prerecorded worship service at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. You can find more information about that, and learn more about us, by visiting uccdewitt.org.

The scripture reading this week was Revelation 22:1-5. That link will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

Our music includes Funkorama and Pride, both by Kevin MacLeod.

Episode 13: Be the Church: Forgive Often

Episode 13: Be the Church: Forgive Often

June 29, 2020

In this week's podcast, Pastor Chris talks about forgiveness as a discipline. Plus, this week's scripture, sermon, and a time for prayer.

We had to hold off on worshipping in person, so you can continue to join us for a prerecorded worship service online. You can find more information about that, and learn more about us, by visiting uccdewitt.org.

Next week, we will move to one podcast that combines worship and Pastor Chris's other reflections!

Our theme music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod.

The scripture reading this week was Matthew 18:21-35. That link will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

You can find the episode of the Ezra Klein Show I talk about here.

Scripture and Sermon for June 28, 2020: Be the Church: Forgive Often

Scripture and Sermon for June 28, 2020: Be the Church: Forgive Often

June 28, 2020

This is our scripture-and-sermon only version of the podcast, which has our scripture reading and sermon for June 28, 2020. The full version of the podcast, where Pastor Chris talks about forgiveness as a discipline, and which includes a time for prayer, will be out on Monday, June 29.

We had to hold off on worshipping in person, so you can continue to join us for a prerecorded worship service online. You can find more information about that, and learn more about us, by visiting uccdewitt.org.

Next week, we will move to one podcast that combines worship and Pastor Chris's other reflections!

Our theme music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod.

The scripture reading this week was Matthew 18:21-35. That link will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

Episode 12: Be the Church: Care for the Poor

Episode 12: Be the Church: Care for the Poor

June 22, 2020

In this week's podcast, Pastor Chris talks about our welfare system, how it's broken, and how we can start to make it better. Plus, this week's scripture, sermon, and a time for prayer.

We are meeting for worship in-person again starting on June 28! You can join us in our sanctuary in DeWitt, Iowa, or continue to join us for a prerecorded worship service online. You can find more information about that, and learn more about us, by visiting uccdewitt.org.

Our theme music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod.

The scripture reading this week was Matthew 25:31-40. That link will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

Did we promise a reading list in the episode? We did!

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer.

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo.

Radical Charity: How Generosity Can Save the World (And the Church) by Christopher Marlin-Warfield.

Scripture and Sermon for June 21, 2020: Be the Church: Care for the Poor

Scripture and Sermon for June 21, 2020: Be the Church: Care for the Poor

June 21, 2020

This is our scripture-and-sermon only version of the podcast, which has our scripture reading and sermon for June 21, 2020. The full version of the podcast, where Pastor Chris talks about our welfare system, how it's broken, and how we can start to make it better, and which includes a time for prayer, will be out on Monday, June 22.

We are meeting for worship in-person again starting on June 28! You can join us in our sanctuary in DeWitt, Iowa, or continue to join us for a prerecorded worship service online. You can find more information about that, and learn more about us, by visiting uccdewitt.org.

Our theme music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod.

The scripture reading this week was Matthew 25:31-40. That link will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

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