Welcome to Brentwood Christian Church

Please note that all in-person activities, including worship, have moved online until further notice. You can livestream our worship services here.

We are a progressive, open and affirming congregation in the heart of the Ozarks that is seeking to build community, justice, and love.

We use this blog to share details about upcoming events and activities. If you’re looking for our full website, it can be found here.

Hey kids, we need your help with our Palm Sunday worship service!

Untitled designThis Sunday is Palm Sunday, and we have a really important job for all of the kids in the church! You can help make this Sunday a very special worship service!

Every year, when we worship in person on Palm Sunday, the children begin the worship service by walking into the sanctuary waving palm branches high in the air. (Maybe you’ve done this before and you remember what it’s like.) This marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most important week in the Christian calendar.

Waving branches high in the air reminds us of the story about Jesus, when he entered the city of Jerusalem on a donkey and the people greeted him by making a path out of palm branches.

As you might already know, this Palm Sunday we are kind of sad because we can’t worship in person. 😞 We will miss seeing you wave palm branches in person.

But we have another idea and we’d love your help! We think it would be fun to find a special way to do this for this Sunday, using online resources.

Would you be able to help us out? We sure hope so!

Here are the instructions:

1 📖 Read the Bible story about Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Matthew 21:1-11)

2 🍃 Think about different things you have in your home. Work with your family to come up with an idea about how you can use different things in your home to create a pathway that someone like Jesus could travel on, maybe even on his donkey! Perhaps you could make a path with leaves or bricks in your backyard, or maybe you could use chalk and draw a path on your driveway. These are just ideas, feel free to be creative and have fun!

3 📸 Send us a picture of your pathway, and we will include it in our Palm Sunday worship service this Sunday! If you want to be in the picture then that’s great too, just make sure the grownups you live with say that it’s okay for your picture to be used in our online worship service.

4 📺 Watch our Palm Sunday worship service online this Sunday at 10am and you can see your picture in our worship service, for the whole world to see!

5 📧 Make sure all pictures are emailed to Rev. Phil no later than this Friday, April 3. That way there’s time to include them.

Thanks so much for helping make Palm Sunday special! We can’t wait to see your pictures!

New to Zoom?

1h5tvwgtzynbvszjq2hg5mqNow that the world is pretty much being run by Zoom, here are some super brief Zoom online meeting tips for beginners trying to figure out the basics and may not know where to start:

– Zoom works for electronic devices (e.g. computer, iPhone, iPad, etc.) and telephones. 💻 📱 ☎️

– If you use a smart device (smart phone or tablet), download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app in advance.

– If your electronic device has a camera, you have the option of using your camera to be visible (if your camera is turned on people will be able to see you and/or your surroundings).

– Keep your device muted unless you are speaking. Otherwise there will be a cacophony of voices online all at once, which will sound noisy and distracting for everybody involved, including you. I can’t stress this point enough.

– If you’re using an electronic device, headphones are recommended in order to decrease feedback.

– Each meeting has a unique nine digit Meeting ID. You need this ID to find the right meeting. (If you are joining by telephone you also need to know the telephone number to dial).

Here are instructions for joining online Zoom meetings using computer, smart device, or telephone:

💻 Via Computer:

(1) Launch your web browser (e.g., Chrome, Safari, Explorer, etc.)

(2) Go to zoom.us

(3) Click on “Join”

(4) Enter the nine digit Meeting ID number

📱 Via Smart Device (smart phone or tablet):

(1) Download the Zoom Cloud Meeting App

(2) Open App

(3) Click on “Join”

(4) Enter the nine digit Meeting ID number

☎️ Via Telephone:

(1) Dial the telephone number provided for the meeting (this is different from the nine digit Meeting ID number)

(2) When prompted enter the nine digit Meeting ID number, followed by #

Talking Church with Ally Henny — the podcast

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Welcome to Brentwood’s inaugural Talking Church podcast hosted by Phil Snider. This is our first episode in a series with Ally Henny, Brentwood’s theologian in residence. Phil begins by asking Ally to reflect a bit on how anti-racist work shouldn’t be placed on the back burner in the midst of the current coronavirus crisis, and then the conversation moves toward the ways Christians can be responsible during this time — including the importance of loving our neighbor precisely by not gathering in person for worship this Easter. 

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Lenten devotional group — reading for March 30

Each week for the remainder of Lent we are sharing a reading for our Lenten Devotional Group. Those interested in joining Phil and Emily for reflection and prayer related to this reading are invited to do so on Tuesday, March 31, at 11am (see Zoom info below).

“As many years as I have been listening to Easter sermons, I have never heard anyone talk about that part. Resurrection is always announced with Easter lilies, the sound of trumpets, bright streaming light. But it did not happen that way. If it happened in a cave, it happened in complete silence, in absolute darkness, with the smell of damp stone and dug earth in the air. Sitting deep in the heart of Organ Cave, I let this sink in: new life starts in the dark. Whether it is a seed in the ground, a baby in the womb, or Jesus in the tomb, it starts in the dark.” – Barbara Brown Taylor

Zoom Info

  • Via Computer: (1) Go to Zoom.us (2) Click on “Join” (3) Enter Meeting ID 232 363 413
  • Via Zoom Cloud Meeting App: (1) Launch the App on your smart phone or tablet (2) Tap “Join” (3) Enter Meeting ID 232 363 413
  • Via telephone (audio only): (1) Dial +1 (312) 626-6799 (2) When prompted enter Meeting ID 232 363 413 #

Lenten reading — Week of March 23

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Each week for the remainder of Lent we are sharing a reading for our Lenten Devotional Group. Here’s the first one, from Thomas Merton. Those interested in joining Phil and Emily for reflection and prayer related to this reading are invited to do so on Tuesday, March 24, at 11am (see Zoom info below).

“It is therefore of supreme importance that we consent to live not for ourselves but for others. When we do this we will be able first of all to face and accept our own limitations. As long as we secretly adore ourselves, our own deficiencies will remain to torture us with an apparent defilement. But if we live for others, we will gradually discover that no one expects us to be ‘as gods.’ We will see that we are human, like everyone else, that we all have weaknesses and deficiencies, and that these limitations of ours play a most important part in all our lives. It is because of them that we need others and others need us. We are not all weak in the same spots, and so we supplement and complete one another, each one making up in himself [sic] for the lack in another.”

– Thomas Merton

Zoom Info

  • Via Computer: (1) Go to Zoom.us (2) Click on “Join” (3) Enter Meeting ID 510 354 522
  • Via Zoom Cloud Meeting App: (1) Launch the App on your smart phone or tablet (2) Tap “Join” (3) Enter Meeting ID 510 354 522
  • Via telephone (audio only): (1) Dial +1 (312) 626-6799 (2) When prompted enter Meeting ID 510 354 522 #

March Madness at Brentwood! Do you have what it takes to be crowned champion?

Who says March Madness is canceled? Not us! As a way to facilitate online fun and fellowship, we are putting a Kahoot! tournament together, and we will crown our first champion! Basically this is a fun version of an online trivia tournament; we will determine how many rounds we play based on how many participants we have. Questions will cover a wide range of subjects, including questions about Springfield and – – gasp!! — the Bible! Sign up here and be on the lookout for more information! Who do you think will be crowned Kahoot! champion at Brentwood?

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