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These blog posts are created by clergy, members and friends affiliated with Lincoln Congregational Temple and the UCC. This is where you can also find updates about our Saturday evening Still Speaking service.


Mindful of the Agonies

April 16th, 2014 | Tags:
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We are mindful of the agonies that are sweeping over our world. Suffering, hunger, disaster falling upon whole communities and generations; fears that drive nations to put their organized might against other nations’ organized weakness; the utter loneliness of those whose dwelling place is the solitude of vast havoc; the anguish of sensitive spirits that find no windbreak against the impact of so much human misery.

Reflection Response
With the description above, there is little anyone can do but seek God through PRAYER.  It is beyond our comprehension to resolve these worldly calamities, yet we are unable to humanly avoid it. They engulf us, overwhelm us, affect us, and don’t allow us to be separated from them.  After all, we are human. There is good news, however: It is a given that we are blessed. We should make a conscious effort to “be thankful” for our blessings and try hard to maintain a positive attitude. Our thoughts, prayers and actions can influence things for the better. I share the scriptures below as spiritual relief/comfort. Repeat them aloud and know that God is in control.

Psalm 23:4+Proverbs 3:5-6+John 16:33+1 Peter 5:10+James 1:12+1 Corinthians 10:13

-Deacon Karen Godbolt



A Great Rejoicing!

April 16th, 2014 | Tags:
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Close present Father, we come seeking no gifts, no offering, making no requests of Thee. How good it is to feel this way and how strange! All that we feel today is a great rejoicing, that we are privileged to spread out our lives before Thee, presuming to make no demands upon Thy love. It is enough to be ourselves utterly before Thee … …and to wait for the movement of Thy spirit within us.

Reflection Response
The cold weather and the snowfall this winter has been one for the record books. Even as I write this my front lawn is covered with snow. My beautiful rose bush, azaleas, morning glories and other flowers that were in full bloom this past summer are now bare and dormant. The chirping birds who sometimes nest on our deck took flight several months ago. But I know that once the spring and summer months arrive my flowers will come alive again and beautiful flowers in full bloom will once again grace my front lawn. This is just one of the many signs of the glory of God’s handiwork. When I behold the beauty of God’s creation, my only desire is to draw closer to God and experience the joy of being in God’s presence.
—Reverend Dr. Rubin Tendai, Lincoln Temple UCC



Overwhelming Gratitude

April 16th, 2014 | Tags: ,
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Overwhelming Gratitude
There is the sense of overwhelming gratitude which is ours because life has continued to unfold within us and about us, so that we have a full measure of strength and vigor; overwhelming gratitude for all the graces of renewal by which our lives are sustained, nestled, and nurtured; overwhelming gratitude that it is well with us and our land as it is.

Reflection Response
Recognition—we are thankful and grateful God is always true to His word. God’s presence in our lives is the ownership and power He grants us every day. Thank you Lord! We must vigorously and spiritually connect with God, who resides in us, to see clearly those blessings that we will recognize with gratitude! When we reflect on these blessings like speaking, laughing, the ability to touch and nurture and pray for those in need, we are truly experiencing God’s love unfolding in our lives and those around us. A sense of gratitude is a constant renewal and growth. We thank God for this our land, our body and our soul, where He has empowered us with a sense of peace. Rejoice; be glad, be thankful and grateful. Rest in the beauty of the multitude of resources around and in you!

Psalm 9:1-2+Ephesians 1:15-23

- Rosa Wilson



The Moment of Recollection, Part I

April 10th, 2014 | Tags:
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We cradle in tenderness those that have been visited by sudden or muted violences; families shattered by death and murder; those distraught with illness which does not respond to the trained mind and the skilled hand; those who inhabit the shadows where things are never clear to the mind and at the core of whose spirit lies endless torture, making for restlessness, panic, and madness. These we remember before Thee, our Father.

Reflection Response
There are so many times, incidents and events that we can recall in our lives that connect us to what is still happening in the world today. Families are going through because of domestic violence, homelessness, death, poverty. Lord what do we do? We pray and talk to you about it. We now recall and pray for what you, Lord, would have us do for your people.

Dear Lord,
You are our shelter in the time of storm, our Warrior when we are weak. I pray for all who are weak and heavy laden; suffering from mental illnesses; parents who have lost children and love ones due to domestic violence, hatred; those who are homeless without shelter, food or jobs. Be with them, dear Lord, for you are their strength and their redeemer. Amen.

Psalm 91 1:6 + John 3:16 + Revelation 21:4,6&7

- Kathleen Wilson



Witness in Our Spirits

April 10th, 2014 | Tags:
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It is good to remember that God has not left Himself without a witness in our spirits, that despite all of the wanderings of our footsteps, despite all of the ways by which we have sought to circumvent his truth within us, despite all of the weaknesses of spirit and of mind and of resoluteness of body, despite all of the blunders by which we have isolated ourselves from our fellows and proven unworthy of the love and the trust and the confidence by which again and again our faltering lives are surrounded, despite all of this, it is good to remember that God has not left Himself without a witness in our lives.

Reflection Response
I call them Kingdom workers. These are people we meet in life whose lives bear witness to the sovereignty of a loving God who rules the universe. These are they who follow Saint Paul’s admonition to be “imitators of Christ.” This is our true role in life. Thankfully, a patience God waits for us to become our true selves.
—Rev. Rubin Tendai, Lincoln Temple UCC





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