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MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE

SHARED SERVICE  &  SUPPER

  North Side Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Faith Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Meal 6:00 – 6:45           Service 7:00 ____________                                                                                        Together at  Faith Christian Church (DOC)

2201 S. 132nd Street,     Omaha NE       68144  

 

                                                    

 

No Place Like Old North Side

There is no place like old North Side

I’m North Side through and through

Where the pastor’s here to feed us

The people are the sweetest

of any old church I knew

There is no place like old North Side

where they’re all true blue

God’s kept us together, through all kinds of weather

Oh North Side, we love you.

_____________ words by Rev. Jonathan Wilhoft 2016

tune Nebraska Fight Song

From the Pulpit October 22, 2016

According to 1 Peter 3: 8-9, God calls us to live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, be compassionate and humble. We are not to repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, so that we may also receive blessing.

How can something sound so simple, yet be so difficult to do? But it appears nearly impossible if one watches the Presidential Campaign. We are not to repay insult with insult, but with blessing. At the second debate, the candidates were asked “Would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?”

What a powerful question, and what a change in the atmosphere in that room, as well as in the homes of everyone watching. How sad that the question initially drew laughter, as if it were a prank question. But, I could feel everyone lean in to hear their answers.

In Clinical Pastoral Education, to become a hospital chaplain, we met in groups to discuss our chaplain experiences in the clinical settings. Each chaplain was to critique the other chaplains and offer growing edges, or suggestions for personal improvement. Before each chaplain could offer a critique, we first had to acknowledge the other chaplains’ attributes. After recognizing a chaplain’s strengths, we could then critique possible deficiencies.

How different this political season would be if each candidate had to provide three positive qualities before showcasing their opponent’s perceived shortcomings. What would happen if we learn to agree to disagree? Better yet, what if we learn to disagree without being disagreeable?

RETREAT

Retreat

 July 9, 2016                         9:30a – 3:30p

St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church

2312 J St, Omaha, NE 68107

It will be a day study of “The Phoenix Affirmations: a New Vision for the Future of Christianity”.  There will be a break for lunch, and there are restaurants within walking distance.

The book ($10.00) may be obtained from the minister, or directly from Amazon.com. There will be no other fees for the retreat.

All are welcome to attend. Please contact Rev. Susan if you plan to attend.

Affirmations

The Phoenix Affirmations, named for the town in which the principles were created and the mythological bird adopted by ancient Christians as a symbol of resurrection, offers disillusioned and spiritually homeless Christians and others a sense of hope and a more tolerant, joyful, and compassionate message than those we often hear from the media and some Christian leaders. These twelve central affirmative principles of Christian faith are built on the three great loves that the Bible reveals: love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self. They reflect commitments to environmental stewardship, social justice, and artistic expression as well as openness to other faiths. Transcending theological and culture wars, inclusive and generous in spirit and practice, these principles ask believers and seekers alike to affirm their Christian faith in a fresh way.

SUGGESTED READING

MARGARET N. RALPH

Ralph, Margaret N.  And God Said What? An Introduction to Biblical Literary Forms                                                                              (Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 2003).

Ralph, Margaret N. Discovering the Gospels: Four Accounts of the Good News                         (Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist    Press, 1990).                                                         Presently published by Wipf & Stock                                                      Publishers, Eugene, Oregon, 2001.

Ralph, Margaret N. Discovering Old Testament Origins: Genesis, Exodus, 1, 2 Samuel                                                                                                 (Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press,1992).

Ralph, Margaret N. Discovering the First Century Church: The Acts of the Apostles, Letters of Paul and The Book of Revelation                       (Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 1991).

Ralph, Margaret N. Why the Catholic Church Must Change: A Necessary Conversation                                                                                           (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2014).

PHYLLIS TICKLE

The Great EmergenceThe Great Emergence
emersion, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group
(October, 2008)
Buy from: Amazon.com
Buy from: BarnesandNoble.com

Emergence ChristianityEmergence Christianity
Buy from: Amazon.com
Buy from: BarnesandNoble.com

 

MARCUS BORG

Meeting Jesus Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
“For many contemporary Christians, Biblical scholarship is seen as the enemy of faith. In a personal and highly readable account, Marcus Borg shows how Christians can explore contemporary scholarship as a way toward a far more dynamic and meaningful faith.” — Rosemary Radford Ruether, author of Gaia and God
Purchase:    HarperCollins    Amazon    Barnes & Noble    Indiebound
:    HarperCollins    Amazon    Barnes & Noble    Indiebound
Reading the Bible Reading the Bible Again for the First Time
“Takes the Bible back from the specialists … nothing short of a blessing, even a miracle!” — Peter J. Gomes
Purchase:    HarperCollins    Amazon    Barnes & Noble    Indiebound
Heart of Christianity The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith
“A winsome, accessible, pastoral offering … Borg provides a way for an important, positive, and serious rethinking of the gospel.” — Walter Brueggemann
Purchase:    HarperCollins    Amazon    Barnes & Noble    Indiebound

 

 

SPIRITUAL RETREAT

                       SPIRITUAL RETREAT    

(Location/Date to  be Determined)  

    

The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision of the Future of Christianity”                                                                                                               by Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes, Sr. Minister of Countryside United Christian Church, Omaha.

The Phoenix Affirmations is named for the town in which the principles were created and the mythological bird adopted by ancient Christians as a symbol of resurrection. It offers disillusioned and spiritually thirsty Christians and others a sense of hope and a more tolerant, joyful, and compassionate message than those we often hear from the media and some Christian leaders.

These twelve central affirmative principles of Christian faith are built on the three great loves that the Bible reveals: love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self. They reflect commitments to environmental stewardship, social justice, and artistic expression as well as openness to other faiths.

Transcending theological and culture wars, inclusive and generous in spirit and practice, these principles ask believers and seekers alike to affirm their Christian faith in a fresh way.

We touched on these affirmations several years ago, but now we will have the opportunity to address them in a small group setting. 

Books are already arriving and will be available soon. If you wish to experience this clarifying approach to a deeper spiritual life, let Rev. Susan know you want a book. ($10.00 per book)