The God of Life – from Rev. Welch

 

Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC

As we celebrate the season of Easter, there is a theme which emerges from the metaphor of resurrection. And that metaphor is this: God is a God of life, not death. God doesn’t like tombs. Whether it was Lazarus or Jesus or Jairus’ daughter.

This seems to be in stark contrast with the way of our world today. Arkansas has 8 men slated for death in the coming week. The brutality of the death penalty put on display. Terrorist attacks killed Egyptian Christians during Palm Sunday. The US inches to war in North Korea and drops our third larges bomb in US history on Afghanistan. Gay men are being rounded up in camps in Chechnya.

To claim the resurrection is to claim life from the forces of death. And signs of that resurrection abound. Muslim youth surrounded churches in Jordan to protect them during their Easter celebrations. A federal judge called a halt to some of the death penalty cases in Arkansas. A brave Russian journalist who uncovered the Chechnya crises has had her voice amplified by Amnesty International. China and South Korea are putting the breaks on war.

Deuteronomy 30: 19 “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” I am convinced that so many issues we face in our world are not questions of left vs. right, they are questions of life versus death. Easter is a reminder that God is on the side of life.

Blessings,

Rev. Dwight Welch

 

 

Church Events

April 22nd Saturday church wide potluck 1 pm at Dan and Jeannie Coley’s home 18383 310th Street Norman, OK 73072. A time to socialize and enjoy nature and spring unfolding.

April 23rd Sunday Adult ed on LGBT issues and faith by Vicki Walden 9:45 a.m

April 30th Sunday Congregational meeting as we discuss growth recommendations of David Wheeler, building site, and the work of the committees of the church. 9:30 a.m

 

May 7th Sunday Conversation Sunday

Join us at (9:30 for brunch and a conversation with award-winning academic and author, Nyla Ali Khan. Nyla is from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. Bring a dish to share and join us.

Nyla was made a member of the Advisory Council of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. She will be speaking to us about women and politics and the comparison between Kashmir and Oklahoma on this topic.

 

 

Book Club April 24th

We’re discussing the opening chapters of a new novel by Anthony Doerr at Nancy Logan’s home 3200 Summit Bend at 7pm.

 

 

Food and Shelter Needs

Resident and Shelter Needs include soap, cleaning supplies, furniture, diapers. Kitchen Needs are dry sealed foods. Care Packets for the homeless include deodorant, self care products, snack foods

 

 

A New Recycling Box

Given the number of paper products we use for our morning gatherings and conversation box the Social Justice committee has set up a recycling box to discard those items. Look for it on Sundays!