Church Blog

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Popcorn’s Seductive Power

Have you ever driven to a movie theater and given yourself a huge pep talk about how you are not going to cave in and buy the popcorn?  After all, you really are not hungry, and you know that you do not need the extra calories. You totally convince yourself that you are strong, fortified like […]

When Love Speaks!

As Jesus hung on the cross Jesus spoke: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (Matthew 27:46). Feeling “forsaken” is something most of us have experienced in our lives. When those days come, I offer this prayer from Dr. Leonard Sweet: Draw me today into fresh encounters with Jesus, O God. Make me […]

By This They Will Know

In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)  This past week, seven members of Hyde Park Community were involved in giving and receiving love.  Our mission team spent time in prayer, worship, learning and loving, as we […]

In the Cross of Christ I Glory

John Bowring’s hymn, written in 1825, continues to touch me each Lent: “In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time; all the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime.” Sir Bowring was a knight who served in Parliament twice.  A respected scholar, he was fluent in multiple languages, […]

Youth Sunday

Each day I have the privilege of working with many amazing young people.  Much of their success is a testimony to their parents and others who have cheered them on and given them positive direction. What is the measure of success on Youth Sunday? It is tempting to say success happens as everyone shows up […]

What Are You Facing?

We will all face giants at one time or another in our lives. By giants, I am speaking of seemingly insurmountable problems and issues. We try to beat these giants, but often they seem to only grow stronger with the passing of time. It could be a giant fear of heights or public speaking. Or […]

Holding Hands

As we approach Valentine’s Day, I invite you to consider all the ways that we connect with others by holding hands: A mother holding the hand of her baby for the first time A father holding the hand of a child as they cross the street Walking with a special friend holding hands Holding hands […]

Can You Help?

The United Methodist Church is a “Connectional Church”, each church is connected to the other.  Our connection manifests itself in many ways throughout the denomination: Mission and outreach; financial and human resources; and the appointment of Clergy.  The United Methodist Church has been able to live the words of John Wesley, “the world is my […]

What’s New at OTRCC?

Much has happened in the spirit and life of Over-the-Rhine Community church in 2016 and the beginning of 2017. From physical changes in our entryway, Gathering Place, and Sanctuary to changes in worship time, worship flow, and community fellowship – OTRCC has experienced and activated “new things” in our space and community. In the spring […]

Do you Listen as well as a Sheep?

Barbara Brown Taylor, a nationally known preacher, shares: “In Palestine today, it is still possible to witness a scene that Jesus almost certainly saw two thousand years ago, that of Bedouin shepherds bringing their flocks home from the various pastures they have grazed during the day. Often those flocks will end up at the same […]