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“What is the greatest joy in life?” John asked me after soundly beating me during one of our annual games of racquetball. I figured it was a trick question, so I joked, “A double cheeseburger with a plate of onion rings and a beer?”
This Sunday, I am beginning a new series entitled, “Peace in the Broken: Living with the Question.” How might questions widen our faith in ways that connect us more deeply with our lives, with life around us, and with the very source of our being?
The life of faith makes peace with imperfection because faith recognizes that among our common traits as humans whom God loves, is imperfection.
This Sunday, Rev. Linda McDermott and I will finish our series as we explore the final virtue that we might practice as a way of bringing more hope to times that seem otherwise — the virtue of Adventurous Civility. When you least expect to find hope in an abusive, scary world, civility calls out our wildest possibilities.
It’s hard to be patient with any of this, much less all of it! This Sunday, Rev. Linda McDermott will join me in looking at patience as a virtue we might practice in a new, active way that will bring hope and interest to our politically charged, socially distanced, pandemic time.
These are interesting times; people feeling unheard, unseen, even compelled to do the unthinkable. There’s a lot of anger out there. Times like these call for extreme measures, radical acts of spiritual resistance. Last Sunday we looked at the importance of our words. This Sunday, it’s time for some radical hospitality.
How do we speak and live into the path of Shalom, into the Kingdom of God, in these “interesting” times? For the next few weeks, I’ll be joining others for these Sunday reflections, as well as inviting some guest storytellers and musicians as we explore: “Interesting Times – 6 Virtues for Bringing Interest & Hope to Times that Seem Otherwise,” and let’s lean in to these interesting times with one another, see you Sunday.
Sundays | 11:00 am | Live Stream
Led by Dr. Tim Bruster
An inspiring service of worship in the traditional style with special enhancements designed to engage people of all ages. This service features the traditional elements of worship, including sermon, hymns, liturgy, and monthly Communion. Worship music includes various choirs, orchestra, and instrumental ensembles for special music. This service takes place within the beauty of our Sanctuary and utilizes the stunning music of our 160-rank pipe organ.
Children (Kindergarten and up) are provided with special bulletins. Added features such as the “Faith Like a Child” time (children’s sermon) and sidebar commentary to our younger worshippers are included to further enhance meaning for all ages.
Contact: Elaine Johnson | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sundays | 9:30 am | Live Stream
Rev. Lance Marshall
This First Church Sunday morning offering led by Rev. Lance Marshall is a casual and relevant opportunity for worship, learning, and prayer. The service emphasizes in-depth Biblical teachings that explore the foundations of our faith. Sermon messages bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the challenges of our daily lives. The Gathering is a warm and welcoming community inviting everyone to connect socially, intellectually, and spiritually within First Church.
Contact: Rev. Lance Marshall | email@example.com
Sundays | 11:11 am | Live Stream
Rev. Tom McDermott
We love laughter and no-holds-barred messages that question the answers and unmask the illusions as we search for the next chapter together. This is 55 minutes of authentic storytelling, great coffee, and meaningful conversation — with the music of Brad Thompson (Fort Worth Star Telegram’s “Best Local Musician”) and the Revolution Band doing some of your favorite pop, classic rock, and acoustic songs.
We’re passionately inclusive here at eleven:eleven, whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or straight, conservative or liberal, Christian or agnostic, young or old — or anywhere in between and beyond. We’re casual, “come as you wish,” non–traditional, and always curious about kindness, justice, our stories, Jesus’ life — and how to do our lives better.
Here’s your invitation to reconnect your spirit without disconnecting your mind. We believe in the universal love of God and your next adventure. Join this growing community and become part of our story — and let’s see where it takes us! #1111FUMCFW
Contact: Rev. Tom McDermott | firstname.lastname@example.org