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Some Spirit has sent us to this place
With hope on our faces
Palms open, hearts open, we come
Seeking our selves.
What dreams drive us toward the God Who surely dwells here?
What faith touches our shoulders and gives us pause?
Perhaps the spell of light through brilliant windows,
The determined look on an acolyte’s face, the bloom of a candle flame
The sounds of children running, shrieking, laughing,
Telling stories all their own.
We come for food, yes, breathing the smells of onions frying,
Baking apples, peaches, pumpkin pie
Who is ready? I! I!
The trust of hand passing to hand the bread of life
The cup’s purple sweetness
Palms open, hearts open
We can pull patience from the marrow of our bones
We mourn the passing of another friend
And sometimes, hand to forehead, we are humbled by forgiveness
Or we just laugh together at the joy of this fellowship
The voice of God is calling out
We are asked: Can you? Will you?
We didn’t know we could! But, yes! We say. Yes!
I am here!
I can answer, ask, shop, bake, calculate, baptize, visit, give, collect, confirm, announce, come, go, drive, sing, record, sweep, scrub, climb, hammer, shovel, paint, type, play, preach, suggest, dance, reach, joke, arrange, learn, serve, teach, write, encourage, question, direct, encourage again, pray, and say “Amen.”
Palms open, hearts open
We give, we receive, we believe
Awash in the love of Christ
We find ourselves
Becky Bronfenbrenner 25 January 2019
Check It Out
The Youth in Judy Garrigan’s Sunday School have redesigned the Bulletin Board in the Great Hall. “The Many Names for God” is the centerpiece and the Board includes 5 Praying Hands, Interpretations of Ecclesiastes 3 “For Everything There is a Time,” and 5 “Take Away” Sheets for folks to “take what you need,” i.e. Love, Hope, Peace, Patience, Beauty, Courage, Strength, etc. CHECK IT OUT!
We at St. John’s UCC Allentown are blessed to have several retired ministers in our congregation. We are also fortunate that five of them have stepped forward and agreed to lead our congregation during the interim period between ministers. They will be rotating through the pulpit and dividing up the other duties of the minister. It will be an exciting time and a time to learn as we move through these next few months with our interim Ministerial Team. (more…)
St. John’s UCC Supports Community Bike Works Picnic 2018
Each year St. John’s donates supplies, time and money to support the great work that Community Bike Works does helping youth in center city Allentown earn a bike of their own and learn about how a bike works and how life works. We are also very proud to sponsor Community Bike Works yearly picnic at Waldheim Park. Below are some picture of our church members hosting the picnic this year.
2018 Vacation Bible School
Check out our awesome slideshow from 2018 Vacation Bible School
Just click the play arrow belowhttps://youtu.be/ek30TN1pyMg
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