This Sunday we will reflect on the story of the first Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21). This is an amazing story about God working through people to both change the way we think about one another and the way we live together.
Sunday is Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day means so many different things to each of us. For some, Mother’s Day is a day of delightful joy. For others, Mother’s Day is a day of difficult sorrow. Sunday we will acknowledge that Mother’s Day is not simply a festive greeting card but rather a complex reality that touches us all in many ways.
You should have seen the joy at the Boulder County Clerk’s Office at midnight on May 1st. The first-floor was packed with couples waiting to receive a Colorado Civil Union license. The actual licenses were issued on the second floor.
First United Methodist Church of Boulder participated in the midnight festivities at the Boulder County Clerk’s office by offering blessings for interested couples and their families. It was a glorious event! Pastor Pat Bruns said “The opportunity to bless Civil…
Colorado civil union provisions go into effect at midnight this coming Wednesday May 1st. Joe, Rosalee Blake and I are planning to offer Civil Union blessings beginning at midnight on May 1st at the Boulder County Clerk’s Office, 1750 33rd Street. Members of our beloved church will also be present to offer welcome, support and prayer. I have been meeting with one couple who will be exchanging vows at midnight on May 1st.
As I write this post I am watching the early morning MSNBC reports of the shoot-out and killing of one suspected Boston Marathon bomber and the extensive manhunt for the other suspect. I am hearing that everyone in the city of Boston should “shelter in place” which means stay indoors. News reporters say this kind of lock-down is unprecedented. All public transportation has been shut down. Now there are reports of other persons of interest in custody.
Early Saturday morning our beloved Pastor Joe had emergency surgery to remove a blocked and inflamed gall bladder. Joe is home recovering and doing well. Dana Jones, Joes’ spouse and partner in life, is leading our 9:00 am Adult Forum this Sunday (April 14) focusing on the United Methodist Women’s Charter for Racial Justice. Joe is planning to be here Sunday for both our forum and for worship. Let’s keep Joe and Dana in our prayers for continuing good recovery and healing. May God give them, and all of us, everything we need and all that it takes, in this difficult time.
Today is Good Friday. Earlier today at our Pine Street Churches Community Good Friday Service I preached on the second word of Jesus from the cross. This is the story of the two criminals who were executed next to Jesus (Luke 23:39-43).
Today I’m wondering what the people were looking for two thousand years ago on that first Palm Sunday. What unmet needs, what profound longings and what unfilled desires were caught up in those words “Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God!”
Wednesday’s Boulder Daily Camera carried a front page story about a pro-gun event that will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:00 am at Boulder Gunsport, 1707 14th Street in Boulder … just a five minute walk from our church. The event is called “Operation Mountain Standard” and is designed to raise funds for Colorado Mountain Gun Owners, a Colorado gun lobby. In return for a donation to this lobby, the giver will receive a large-capacity gun magazine designed to hold far more than 15 bullets. You can read the whole story by following this link: