Weekly (Page 3)

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 […]

All Things New!

With a New Year comes a heightened awareness of “newness” and of hope.  In these days of change and uncertainty, in a world that seems to be filled with discord, violence, and the inability to tone down the rhetoric, let us remember that hope remains; it is a hope that “does not disappoint us, because […]

All Things New!

Happy New Year!  With a new year comes new beginnings. John Wesley, founder of Methodism, created a “Covenant Service” in 1755 to guide the faithful in the re-committing of themselves to God and God’s leading.  Today, the “Covenant Service” is most commonly held on New Year’s Eve or Day.  At the heart of the service […]

Happy Epiphany!

Hello Friends, Happy Epiphany! The Advent and Christmas season is coming to an end. Hope your family holidays were filled with much peace, comfort and joy. The question is “Are you now ready for the New Year of 2017?” One of the first days at the beginning of the New Year we celebrate is called, […]