Surprises

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

The Spirit will surprise you. It will rattle your world and then show you something that is possible beyond your wildest imagination. We are two Sunday’s shy of a full year of worshipping 100% via live stream. I could never have fathomed that we could endure this let alone thrive …

Vine and Fig Tree

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

When you “envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree,” what images spring into your consciousness? I was startled to hear Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet at a presidential inauguration, refer to this Biblical phrase. Perhaps she was picturing a scene post covid, where we gather in …

Voices of Faith

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

At the beginning, women had no voice in the church. The board was exclusively men for many years. However, one woman’s voice was resounded every week. Esther Darnell was the paid soloist who was hired the first year of the church’s formation. She was a well-established performer in Kansas City and …

Good Darkness

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

When I was a child, nothing brought me more joy than summer camp. I would beg my mother to let me stay more weeks. The rope swing over the river, the counselor skits at dinner, the girls’ banter in the cabin, the massive games at night in the woods, and …

The Spirit of Christmas

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

I didn’t know what to expect. Without the typical hubbub of activities: parties, concerts, shopping, I didn’t know if it would feel much like Christmas. Just after Thanksgiving I went to the Dollar Tree to pick up some special order supplies for the church Christmas decorations. Although I had an email confirmation that …

A Way Out of No Way

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

The best metaphor for our world of today is astronauts speeding through the cosmos, but with their life-supporting capsule pierced by a meteorite fragment. But the Church resembles Mary and Joseph traveling from Egypt to Nazareth on a donkey, holding in their arms the weakness and poverty of the Child …

Numbers

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

This week we have been bombarded with numbers.  Numbers of absentee ballots, of electoral college votes, of new covid cases, percentage of positive test rates.  We are swimming in a sea of numbers and statistics and trying to make meaning of it all.  Sometimes the numbers are overwhelming and sometimes …

Handkerchiefs Everywhere

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

“In his holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a pocket handkerchief.  These handkerchiefs are called saints.”  – Frederick Buechner I’m grateful to my colleague, Rev. Joe Walker, who had the idea this year that we should really pause to honor the saints. It got me to thinking about who …