First Congregational Church of Reno
United Church of Christ

627 Sunnyside Drive, Reno, NV  89503-3515
"Whoever you are, and wherever you are on life's journey,
you are welcome here."

Pastor's Page

Pastor Kate Lambertson

We are an Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming all persons regardless of race, ethnic background, economic status, gender, age, personal ability, or sexual orientation into the full life and ministry of the church.

From the Pastor's Corner

As I was walking through Kohl's, returning the gifts that didn't fit, I noticed a folk art sign on a sale rack. It read Not to Spoil the Ending, but Everything is Going to be OK.

What a wonderful reminder to have handy when we get caught up with worries about tasks to accomplish, conflicts to sort out, relationships to mind or are confronted with the forces of evil that threaten our families , our neighborhood , our world and our sanity. John 1:1-5, 14 serves as a powerful reminder of Who had the First Word and the First Act...and Who has the Last Word and Act... each and every time, for all time- in 1 BCE and 2017 AD. We need to hear these words as much as today as the early Christians some 2000 years ago.
As the New Year dawns, as we recall events in our personal lives, our families and communities, or around the globe from this past year it can be tempting to spend too much time pondering our shortcomings , blaming others. or throwing up our hands in despair at the many "antichrists" that have appeared , or remained throughout the year. It would be better to spend more effort noticing where God has passed and where grace has made its presence felt. It is in these moments that we can better appreciate the words that begin John's gospel: In the beginning was the Word was God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being was life, and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it..

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.

Julian of Norwich , one of the many saints , and a prolific writer of the 14th Century, explores the mystery of sin and evil, and reveals the truth as it was shown to her. Sin(and all the forces of evil)is inevitable , but all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well. Paradoxically, even in the midst of personal or social sin or systemic evil, we are held by God and never separated from the Divine Presence. This is no naive'' expression of faith. Julian was a child when three quarters of the population of Norwich died within a year from the plague. Her life and those of her community were scarred and shortened from the effects of famine, and war and political turbulence. She labored to understand these horrors with a mind and heart of faith.

We are given multiple opportunities each day to recognize truth and grace. For Christians we believe we know who the world belongs to,
who we belong to, and who we are in Christ. That is our truth We are reminded that there will be forces that try to lead us astray, but we know and recognize the voice of Jesus as the voice of grace and truth in our lives. So let's begin 2017
with a shout of Amen! and Alleluia! For we can find strength in the grace that flows to us, and the truth that abides with us.

Pastor Kate

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