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Beloved: The Season of Epiphany at Plymouth Church

  I have some travel coming up and so weekly blogging is on semi-hiatus. But I want to a little table-setting for the season of Epiphany. I want to give you a word for the beginning of 2020: Beloved. Can you see yourself as God’s Beloved? In Epiphany we will explore that question. The word... Read More

Help Us Make Plymouth Church The Answer to Jesus’ Prayer

  Can Plymouth Church be the answer to Jesus’ prayer?   We are about to find out.   When my friend Allen Hilton was here in September, he reminded us of Jesus’ prayer for all who would become disciples: that they may all be one (John 17:21). As Jesus sees it in John’s Gospel, our... Read More

I Have Called You Friends (September 7 & 8 at Plymouth Church)

  It’s here! It’s finally here! Around the weekend of September 7-8, a lot of the things I love best about Plymouth Church come back from the summer hiatus. Choirs return. Church school resumes. Confirmation kicks-off. 9 to Dine begins again And, this year, we will see some new things: a Wednesday noon class on... Read More

A Course on Friendship

Today we unveil the syllabus for A Course on Friendship, an adult education class that Matt Mardis-LeCroy will be offering on Wednesdays over the lunch hour.  Plan on joining him -and plan on bringing a friend!... Read More

Plymouth Church Seeks Director of Child and Family Ministries

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa seeks a full-time Director of Child and Family Ministries. We are a progressive congregation of approximately 3,200 members, committed to inclusivity and diversity.  We are looking for someone with the creativity and commitment to help us build upon our vibrant tradition of engaging children in... Read More

“To See Your Face”: Seeing and Loving God in our Neighbor

  We are talking about growing in love –love of God, love of neighbor, love of self. But what does love of God have to do with love of my neighbor? Maybe more than we think.   Genesis 32:24—33:11   24Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.25When the man saw that... Read More

Hitting a Little Close to Home: The Story of Cain

  Sometimes the Scriptures hit a little close to home. As we struggle with the aftermath of multiple mass shootings in this country—as we grieve and grapple with the horror—our summer sermon series invites us to consider the story of Cain. Genesis 4:1-17 Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore... Read More

Rooted in Love: Growing in Love of God and Neighbor (and Self?)

  We say it almost every time we gather: At Plymouth Church our purpose is to grow in love of God and neighbor. But what does that mean? And how do we do it? That is what the rest of the summer is about. Beginning this weekend and continuing right through Labor Day, our preaching... Read More

Rooted in Creation: What the Angels Can Show Us

  EDITORIAL NOTE: This weekend, we will wrap up our Rooted in Creation Series and hear Mary Kate Buchanan’s very first sermon at Plymouth Church! In the meantime, here is text of my sermon from the Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14.    Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the... Read More

Rooted in Creation: Consider the Lilies

  “The only Commandment I ever obeyed — ‘Consider the Lilies.”                                                                                                 -Emily Dickens This week our Rooted in Creation series continues with an excerpt from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. It is, among other things, an invitation to stop, listen and learn from the creation. The lilies are trying to tell us something. Matthew... Read More

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Beloved: The Season of Epiphany at Plymouth Church

  I have some travel coming up and so weekly blogging is on semi-hiatus. But I want to a little table-setting for the season of Epiphany. I want to give you a word for the beginning of 2020: Beloved. Can you see yourself as God’s Beloved? In Epiphany we will explore that question. The word... Read More

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