The First Congregational United Church of Christ (DeWitt, Iowa) Podcast
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.

Episode 11: Be the Church: Protect the Environment

Episode 11: Be the Church: Protect the Environment

June 15, 2020

This week, Pastor Chris talks about environmentalism and Christian stewardship.  Plus, this week's scripture, sermon, and a time for prayer.

We tried pulling the scripture and sermon this week straight from our prerecorded worship service this week. Sorry for any weirdness in the sound, we're still learning!

During the pandemic, you can find a prerecorded version of worship that you can enjoy any time you would like. 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 Psalm 104:1-4, 10-23. That links will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

And some links for you: The United Church of Christ's Environmental Ministries page. 350.org. 

Scripture and Sermon for June 14, 2020: Be the Church: Protect the Environment

Scripture and Sermon for June 14, 2020: Be the Church: Protect the Environment

June 14, 2020

This is our scripture-and-sermon only version of the podcast, which has our scripture reading and sermon for June 14, 2020. The full version of the podcast, where Pastor Chris talks a bit more about environmentalism and Christian stewardship, and which includes a time for prayer, will be out on Monday, June 15.

We tried pulling the scripture and sermon this week straight from our prerecorded worship service this week. Sorry for any weirdness in the sound, we're still learning!

During the pandemic, you can find a prerecorded version of worship that you can enjoy any time you would like. 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 Psalm 104:1-4, 10-23. That links will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

Here's a link to the United Church of Christ's Environmental Ministries page.

Scripture and Sermon for June 7, 2020: Maps

Scripture and Sermon for June 7, 2020: Maps

June 7, 2020

This is our scripture-and-sermon only version of the podcast, which has our scripture reading and sermon for June 7, 2020. There is no full version of the podcast this week. The full version will return on June 15 as we begin our sermon series Be the Church with Be the Church: Protect the Environment.

During the pandemic, you can find a prerecorded version of worship that you can enjoy any time you would like. 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 Revelation 21:22-22:5. That links will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

Episode 10: Pentecost

Episode 10: Pentecost

June 1, 2020

In this week's episode, Pastor Chris talks about Pentecost. Plus, this week's scripture, sermon, and a time for prayer. 

Our format for online worship has changed! During the pandemic, you can find a prerecorded version of worship that you can enjoy any time you would like. 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 1 Corinthians 15:1-2651-57. That link will take you to the NRSV version of the reading.

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