courtesy Jim Sutton http://www.gospelgifs.com/Dear Ones:
I am not going to pretend that alterations to 'The Lord's Prayer' and to Christian prayers in general don't get my attention. They have for a time at The First Congregational Church of Stamford and I say this as a 'relatively liberated Christian female pastor' who is still a member of FCC Stamford....on paper at least.
But recently, some major happenings (I'm not one for the use of the terms 'abominations') have come to my attention. There's been a lot of prayin' to the MOTHER GODDESS! Apparently Reverend Cari Jackson and her minions like this kind of thing.
The only reason I bring this to your attention is because this praying has been done in "The Pilgrim Church, The Church That Founded Stamford" and they use kids to further their theology!
Open and Affirming=Gay Marriage, no matter what they tell ya!This church is now 'run' by The Reverend Doctor Cari Jackson, about whom I've written before. The FCC Stamford is a UCC (United Church of Christ) church and is also known as 'the Obama/Wright' church, for those of you who are interested. CHECK THIS OUT:
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
May 9, 2010
10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary
*All who are able, please stand.
CALL TO WORSHIP Sam Jelliffe (child)
Leader: The God whose name is Mother invites us home. Therefore, we gather for this holy time of worship. I'm not asking that The First Congregational Church of Stamford stop praying a certain way, or that they start or stop 'doing things'...but I am saying that it would be a lot more genuine to call yourselves what(ever) you are at this point!...that's all. Just be honest with the people.
All: We gather in this place of prayer to celebrate the love of God, our Mother, and to feel the warm embrace of God. We gather as one human family.
Leader: We gather seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to become more fully the people and the community our Mother God created us to be.
All: As we worship, let us be filled by the love and life and be renewed by the hope and home that fills this place of prayer made holy by God’s presence.
Change is good! And as long as I am on your member list and tithe and donate my dollars, I expect, at the very least, your honesty.
Thanks! Truth is good for the soul. You are providing the good people of Stamford and of the world with a good education. You are the Church of Thyatira, as mentioned in the last Book of the New Testament in Revelation:
To the Church in Thyatira
18"To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. 20Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. 24Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan's so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): 25Only hold on to what you have until I come. 26To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—
27'He will rule them with an iron scepter;
he will dash them to pieces like pottery'[b]— just as I have received authority from my Father. 28I will also give him the morning star. 29He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Revelation 2:18-29 (NIV)
God Bless you. I hope all my 'talk' here isn't 'too religious for you'. But you are helping to usher in the Day that our Lord returns and for that I am eternally grateful. From your 'church sister', I speak to you--
With Love in Christ,
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"