4-3-2016: Pressing On


Scripture reading: Psalm 130Philippians 3:4-14

by Reverend Jeff Utter

Liturgist: Mary Baumel 

Sunday’s scriptures call us to look forward rather than backward, and to envision God’s future instead of focusing on our past. The new things that God can do in Christ Jesus are perceived through the eyes of faith—eyes that are guiding us into God’s future. The psalmist cries out from the depths, noting that if God marked iniquities, none could stand. We are asked to wait for God, hoping and trusting in God's steadfast love. For us, this means turning our eyes forward, trusting in the promise of “new things” and new life that arise from God’s Easter miracle. Hope in the midst of despair is a powerful gift, a challenging call, and a healing balm.

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Reverend Jeff Utter Reverend "During this time of pastoral transition, we welcome Reverend Jeff Utter, who will begin officiating Sunday services starting April 3. Rev. Dr. Jeff Utter has been a UCC minister since 1968, and in 1990 he was granted ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has enjoyed a varied career, having been the settled pastor of three UCC congregations, and the interim pastor of four UCC and five Disciples congregations."