Dr. Peter Makari will speak on the Palestinian/Israel situation in his sermon at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 9.  Makari is the Middle East regional Secretary for Global Ministries, the overseas mission arm of the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ.  Born in Egypt, Dr. Makari has a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies the American University of Cairo and his Ph.D. from New York University.  He has been a part of Global Ministries since 2000. 

Also on July 9th, our 9:45 a.m. Adult forum will be led by Rachel Shomali, a Palestinian woman who is a student at Birzeit University in Palestine.

Their appearance is part of a discussion series at the church on the situation in the Middle East from both Jewish and Arab perspectives, and how we as Christians can be a voice for peace rather than contribute to the conflict there. 

July Worship Themes

July 2   

n this Fourth of July weekend we will explore whether we have a common narrative of meaning that should unite Americans in common values.  Yale Sociologist Phil Gorski argues that the Exodus story has served this function in the past, but today has competition with radical secularism and religious nationalism.   Exodus 3:1-13 and Matthew 5:13-16

July 9   

Global Ministries Middle East Regional Secretary Dr. Peter Makari will be our guest preacher to speak about the work that we do as a church, especially in Israel/Palestine.  This continues the discussions that we had in May with representatives of the local Jewish communities.  Rachel Shomali, a Palestinian Christian, will also be with us to lead the adult Sunday School class.  Makari’s sermon is on Romans 7:15-25a on “Do What is Right”. 

July 16 

Worth Hartman, “Responding to God’s Call”   Rev. Worth Hartman will serve as our guest preacher, noting that  We as a church are in the process of ”calling” a new pastor.  In the last few years of transition we have been listening intently for God’s call for our lives and for our faith community.  We will explore hearing and responding to God’s call. Scripture:  I Samuel 3:1-19   Luke 5:1-11

July 23 

In Paul’s letter to the Romans he writes in Chapter 8:12-25 that “the whole of creation groans in labor pains” for the coming of God’s new age.  There are hints here of a new approach to the environment in which creation is seen as both a co-sufferer with us and an ally for God’s coming realm.  Paul Post-Paris

July 30 

Jesus taught in parables, but ever since we got past that first generation of Jewish Christians we have struggled with what they meant.  The Greeks sought allegories, moderns sought morals.  What did Jesus mean?  Treasure in Parables,  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52.