Review of Open Source Gospel

Landon Whitsitt. Open Source Gospel: Ten Commandments for the Future of the Christian Faith.  E-book, 2010.  Available online at http://landonwhitsitt.com/open-source-gospel/ Meet the Author Landon Whitsitt is an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) pastor who serves as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Liberty, Missouri, and as the Vice-Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which is the second highest elected official in the 2.3 million member denomination. Read More …

Prayer of Dedication for Sunday, February 20

Prayer of Dedication Loving Divine, you invite us to partner with you in the work of enacting the realm of God on earth.  Accept and bless our tithes and offerings; use them and use us to challenge the status quo here in southwest Florida and throughout your global neighborhood.  Stretching toward wholeness may the way of loneliness meet community the way of hatred be overcome by love the way of poverty encounter the possibility of enough. This we ask in your many names. Read More …

Invocation for Sunday, February 20

Unison Prayer of Invocation We are gathered here to join in the song of faith.  In a world that offers goods and services to fulfill even the most demanding and discerning appetites, Jesus invites us to be consumed by an ultimate hunger and thirst for righteousness.  Even as our instantaneous access to information and constant awareness of global events overwhelm and desensitize us, Jesus invites us to be difference makers by extending love to all.  Empowered by the Spirit, may our lives Read More …

Call to Worship for Sunday, February 20

Call to Worship We have come - from our homes and hotels, from a few blocks and from many miles - intent on entering this beautiful building built by human hands Settling into our seats we realize our task isn’t admiring the architecture, but rather experiencing and reflecting on the holy Aware of God’s presence, we begin to make meaning of words from Holy Scripture: From the first testament: Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy (Lev. 19:1) From the second testament: Be Read More …

Five Days Later: Thoughts and Prayers

Five days ago in Tucson, Arizona six people were killed and 14 others wounded, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.  These deaths and injuries occurred because of the violent actions of one man.  Regardless of your political affiliation or citizenship status in this country, I invite you to take a few moments to consider these thoughts and prayers today. Thoughts Last night, President Obama started his speech with these words: To the families of those we've lost; to all who Read More …

A UCC Response to Anne Rice

  Anne Rice, the best-selling American author whose books have sold more than 100 million copies, announced on Wednesday that she has quit being a Christian.   According to the AP, Rice was "raised as a Catholic, she had rejected the church early in her life but renewed her faith in recent years and in 2008 released the memoir Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession."  Other sources suggest that her progressive views have been at odds with the Roman Catholic tradition for some time Read More …