One Combined Worship Service — May 31st at 10:00 a.m.

Worship Schedule for May 31
10:00 a.m. – One Combined Worship Service in the Sanctuary

(We will return to our regular Sunday schedule the next Sunday, June 7, with services at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00.)

One of the ways we cultivate community at Brentwood Christian Church is by having one combined worship service every time there is a fifth Sunday in a month, as is the case in May. This provides the wonderful opportunity for us to come together and draw on various expressions and styles of worship and music from each of our three usual worship services. After one combined worship service, we share in a potluck meal in the downstairs fellowship hall which provides the opportunity for us to connect with new and old friends alike.

If you plan on worshiping with us on May 31st — which we hope you do :-) — please note that our only worship service will be at 10:00 a.m. We will return to our regular schedule the following Sunday.

As Mother’s Day approaches…

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Dear Pastor,

Tone can be tricky in writing. Picture me popping my head in your office door, smiling and asking if we could talk for five minutes. I’m sipping on my diet coke as I sit down.

You know that I’m not one to shy away from speaking my mind, part of the reason you love me (mostly!), so I’m guessing that internally you brace yourself wondering what might be next.

I set my can down and this is what I’d say.

A few years ago I sat across from a woman who told me she doesn’t go to church on Mother’s Day because it is too hurtful. I’m not a mother, but I had never seen the day as hurtful. She had been married, had numerous miscarriages, divorced and was beyond child bearing years. It was like salt in mostly healed wounds to go to church on that day. This made me sad, but I understood.

Fast forward several years to Mother’s Day. A pastor asked all mothers to stand. On my immediate right, my mother stood and on my immediate left, a dear friend stood. I, a woman in her late 30s, sat. I don’t know how others saw me, but I felt dehumanized, gutted as a woman. Real women stood, empty shells sat. I do not normally feel this way. I do not like feeling this way. I want no woman to ever feel this way in church again.

Last year a friend from the States happened to visit on Mother’s Day and again the pastor (a different one) asked all mothers to stand. As a mother, she stood and I whispered to her, “I can’t take it, I’m standing.” She knows I’m not a mother yet she understood my standing / lie.

Here’s the thing, I believe we can honor mothers without alienating others. I want women to feel welcome, appreciated, seen, and needed here in our little neck of the body of Christ.

Do away with the standing. You mean well, but it’s just awkward. Does the woman who had a miscarriage stand? Does the mom whose children ran away stand? Does the single woman who is pregnant stand? A.w.k.w.a.r.d.

2. Acknowledge the wide continuum of mothering.

[Head on over to Time-Warp Wife to continue reading…]

Brentwood Christian Church & the Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage

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As those of us around the country await the Supreme Court’s ruling that could potentially legalize same-sex marriage nationwide (same-sex marriage isn’t currently legal in Missouri), the General Board of Brentwood Christian Church, at its meeting on May 4, 2015, officially gave its approval for same-sex weddings to be celebrated in our sanctuary. As an open and affirming congregation, Brentwood has consistently expressed its support for equal rights, and the Board wanted to explicitly state that this includes celebrating same-sex weddings as well, in the same manner that might apply to any other wedding viewed as sacred in the eyes of God.
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Disciples of Christ General Assembly 2015 — SOAR!

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A Theme To Call Us into Ministry

As a whole, the 40th chapter of Isaiah has a message for the Church in this time and place. Comfort, preparation, call, challenge – all are contained in this single chapter. And there is also the promise of fresh strength to SOAR!

Scholars tell us that this part of Isaiah was written as the children of Israel were returning after the Babylonian exile. They were returning to a place both familiar and new, longing for wholeness after fragmentation. They were celebrating the return to their homeland. But the land they left had changed and the uncertainty of the future was very real.

The comfort of the lasting love and support of God sustained them and sustains us in the present day. God comforts, but we can’t stop there. God also calls – giving strength for the work we have ahead to put joy in our welcome, love at our table, heart in our wholeness and feet to our movement.

Huge Garage Sale!

Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 8:00 a.m. to Noon

00g0g_kboRxfXKkdA_600x450Household items. Collectibles. Furniture. Clothing. Bicycles. Toys. And LOTS more!

All proceeds directly support the ministries and outreach initiatives supported by our congregation’s Disciple Women’s Ministries.

To the LGBT+ community, you are welcome here

  
We are proud to be an open and affirming Disciples of Christ congregation that celebrates the dignity, equality and beauty at the heart of Christ’s unconditional love. Jesus didn’t exclude people, and neither do we.

As our congregation’s open and affirming welcoming statement reads, “We affirm the faith, baptism, and spiritual gifts of all Christians regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, for neither is grounds for exclusion from fellowship or service within the church, for we celebrate that all are part of God’s good creation.”

Celebrate Easter at Brentwood Christian Church

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“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu

Traditional Worship – 9:00 a.m. in the sanctuary
Contemporary Worship – 10:00 a.m. in the downstairs Fellowship Hall
Progressive Worship – 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary

The annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the west end of the building (rain or shine).

We are proud to be an open and affirming Disciples of Christ congregation that celebrates the dignity, equality and beauty at the heart of Christ’s unconditional love. Jesus didn’t exclude people, and neither do we.

Holy Week Schedule

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We look forward to a meaningful Holy Week at Brentwood Christian Church and hope you can be a part of it. 

Maundy Thursday Worship Service at Brentwood
7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Community Worship Service at South Street Christian Church
7:30 p.m. (Prior to worship, there will be an Outdoor Art Gallery of works by youth at Rare Breed on display beginning at 6:00 p.m.)

Easter Sunday at Brentwood
9:00 a.m. Traditional Worship in the sanctuary
10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship (The Table) in the downstairs Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. Progressive Worship (The Awakening) in the sanctuary

*The annual children’s Easter Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday in the west end of the church