A pastoral word from the Rev. Dr. Terri Hord Owens

Terri Hord Owens is the General Minister & President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

I want a church that loves so courageously that we will stand up and insist that the killing of black and brown people must stop, and will work to remove those in office who fail to enact laws and policy accordingly.

I want a church that loves so radically that we are always putting up chairs to make room for more, always leaving empty chairs at the table, expecting that many more will come, turning no one away.

I want a church that loves so generously that our priority will be the elimination of poverty, to ensure that everyone has enough to eat, safe and decent housing, healthcare, a living wage and quality education that is not based on your zip code.

I want a church that loves so creatively that we are willing to dismantle structures, traditions, and processes that dishonor humanity and marginalize any among us.

I want a church that loves so completely that we are not satisfied until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I want a church that follows Jesus, and is therefore committed to work for all of this. Let’s get to work, church!

Weekly Newsletter 5-15-20

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Here is a link to our weekly newsletter, which has details related to our latest activities and events. This week’s edition includes information about:

  • This Sunday at Brentwood
  • Honoring our graduates
  • New Sunday Morning Coffee Hour
  • This week’s Zoom numbers
  • May Board Meeting on Zoom
  • Thank you to our day shelter volunteers
  • Current Giving/Volunteer Opportunities
  • Community Life & Pastoral Care
  • Stewardship Update

If you have any questions about any of our events, or would like to help out with one or more of our volunteer opportunities, contact the church office at 417-881-0144 or brentwoodchristianchurch@gmail.com.

Mother’s Day Prayers for All Women

Mother’s Day Prayers for All Women

Written by Leah Schade (Used with permission)

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Photo credit:  “Praying Woman’s Hands” by Long Thien. Public domain.

As God’s beloved people, let us pray for the church, the whole human family, and God’s good Creation.

We pray for women who are pregnant; those who are waiting with joyful expectation, and those who are filled with uncertainty and fear; we pray for women whose pregnancies are high-risk, and whose lives are in danger in the birthing process.  Hear us, Mothering God.

We pray for women and men who long to be parents, but who struggle with infertility.  Join their cries with those of Sarah and Abraham, Hannah and Elkanah, Elizabeth and Zecharias, that your will may be done in their lives.  Hear us, God of Life.

We pray for women who are mothers, either by birth, by adoption, or through foster care.  We pray that they may be supported in their mothering task by the men and other women in their lives; that their children may be provided with sufficient food, shelter and healthcare.  Hear us, Mothering Jesus.

We pray for women who have lost children, either in utero, through sickness, through war and violence, or through tragic accident.  Comfort them, Holy Spirit with your everlasting presence and assure them of new life.  Hear us, Mothering Christ.

We pray for women who are incarcerated; women who have been abusive; women who have been hurtful and neglectful.  Hear us, Mothering Spirit.

We pray for women who give of themselves not just through childbearing, but with their intellect, their skills, their gifts, and their physical abilities.  Bless all women, that they may receive equal compensation for their work, may be protected from abuse and harassment, and may be valued as unique individuals.  Hear us, Holy God.

We pray for those who are transitioning, those who are seeking to understand who God has created them to be in their bodies, minds and spirits.  May they be protected from danger during their time of vulnerability, and guided by those who love and support them.   Hear us, Holy God.

We pray for women who strive to protect and advocate for those most vulnerable – children, the poor, God’s Creation, the disenfranchised, other women, and those men and women whose voices go unheard.  Hear us, Holy Jesus.

We pray for those for whom this is a day of mourning and sadness.  For those who have lost mothers and other important women in their lives, that they may be comforted with the peace that passes all understanding.  Hear us, Comforting Spirit.

We give thanks for women who have been our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, life-partners, and friends.  We give thanks for men who have mothered us with their own caring, affection, nurturing, and friendship.  We lift to you now the names of those who have mirrored your mothering spirit, Holy God.

Give them your grace and bless them in their lives.  Hear us, Mothering God.

For who else does the church pray today? . . . For all those we name, and for those who have no one to name them, Hear us, O God.

Holy God, we lift our prayers to you through the Holy Spirit in hope, entrusting all for whom we pray to your great goodness and mercy, made known to us in Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Amen.

Weekly Newsletter 5-9-20

 

Here is a link to our weekly newsletter, which has details related to our latest activities and events. This week’s edition includes information about:

  • This Sunday at Brentwood
  • When will Brentwood return to in person gatherings?
  • Sunday morning worship now available for those without internet access
  • This week’s Zoom numbers
  • May Board Meeting on Zoom
  • Food Pantry Needs
  • Current Giving/Volunteer Opportunities
  • Community Life & Pastoral Care
  • Stewardship Update

If you have any questions about any of our events, or would like to help out with one or more of our volunteer opportunities, contact the church office at 417-881-0144 or brentwoodchristianchurch@gmail.com.

Latest news for the week of April 26th

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Here is a link to our weekly newsletter, which has details related to our latest activities and events. This week’s edition includes information about:

  • This Sunday at Brentwood
  • This week’s Zoom numbers
  • Expanded shelter in place services for our unsheltered friends & neighbors
  • Food Pantry Needs
  • Bible Study continues this Wednesday
  • Youth Sunday School with Jen
  • Youth & family opportunity shared by Jen
  • Current Giving/Volunteer Opportunities
  • Community Life & Pastoral Care
  • Stewardship Update

If you have any questions about any of our events, or would like to help out with one or more of our volunteer opportunities, contact the church office at 417-881-0144 or brentwoodchristianchurch@gmail.com.

Expanded shelter in place services for our unsheltered friends & neighbors

he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

One of the biggest challenges of being unhoused during these times is finding a place to rest, as well as accessing basic services. This puts increased stress on our unsheltered friends and neighbors. Under usual circumstances, it’s possible to check email or Indeed job responses at one of our public libraries, or to get a cup of coffee at McDonald’s. But right now, as was often the case with Jesus, many of our unsheltered friends and neighbors have nowhere to go (“Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head,” Luke 9:58). All of this increases the stress level of what is already a very stressful time.

With this in mind, local communities of faith are planning ways to open daytime drop in centers for our unsheltered friends and neighbors, open from approximately 11am to 6pm, serving lunch and dinner (similar to the sack lunches currently being distributed). Each location would be limited in capacity, due to necessary shelter in place mandates. This will allow our unhoused friends to not only break bread together, but to access important services like:

  • Consumer Credit Counseling Services
  • Tax Filing
  • Online recovery meetings (e.g., AA)
  • Connections with NAMI
  • Shower and change of clothes
  • Several other items deemed essential

Brentwood has been asked to be part of this effort. Sites will rotate and will offer different services; our days of availability will be dependent on our number of volunteers. If you would like to be part of this effort, we are primarily looking for volunteers to help with:

  • Transportation
  • Tax Filing
  • Meal distribution
  • Volunteer shifts during the day

Please contact us at brentwoodchristianchurch@gmail.com or 417-881-0144 to let us know how you’d like to volunteer — and thanks in advance!

Latest News

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Here is a link to our weekly newsletter, which has details related to our latest activities and events. This week’s edition includes information about:

  • This Sunday at Brentwood
  • This week’s Zoom numbers
  • New Bible Study begins this Wednesday
  • Youth Sunday School with Jen & Reed
  • Current Giving/Volunteer Opportunities
  • A note from Heather Ward
  • Community Life & Pastoral Care

If you have any questions about any of our events, or would like to help out with one or more of our volunteer opportunities, contact the church office at 417-881-0144 or brentwoodchristianchurch@gmail.com.

Brentwood Bible Journey with Dr. Don Emler

The Bible Recovery Project at Brentwood Christian Church presents a new Bible study beginning April 22

Brentwood Bible Journey with Art, led by Dr. Don Emler

  • Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
  • Zoom ID number 490 261 7574
  • How to use Zoom

Brentwood Bible Journey

A new opportunity for Bible study at Brentwood will begin on Wednesday, April 22 on Zoom.  The leader will be Dr. Don Emler. Emler is Professor Emeritus in the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University where he served as dean and taught biblical studies,  church history, and courses in Christian education. He has led two study tours to Israel. 

The course will not use an official textbook, other than the Bible, preferably the NRSV translation.  Because the course will tend to be like an academic course, although any biblical translation may be used, students may find one of the following NRSV annotated study Bibles helpful.   These Bibles have both the text plus commentary notes written by biblical scholars that help in understanding the text. Less expensive paperback versions of these Bibles may be found on the Amazon Website. 

In a church, Bible study tends to be short excerpts read to encourage members to behave ethically or believe in a specific way. In devotional readings, the Bible is generally read with undisputed authority.   This series is more of an academic study. In an academic study, the Bible is studied in the same way as any other literary or historical document from the ancient world. It uses techniques similar to those applied in history, anthropology, sociology, and literary studies.  One of our tasks is to become familiar with the variety of perspectives and opinions that exist not only about the Bible, but within the Bible itself. Our study will use the traditional scholarly methods of studying the Bible called exegesis, specifically literary, historical, and redaction criticisms or scholarship. For many this will be a new way of studying the biblical text.  Yet one does not have to be a biblical scholar to use these methods. One feature of the class sessions will be the inclusion of numerous art and photo illustrations to enhance our study.  

There are several background articles that may help participants prepare for class sessions.  These include a tentative schedule of weekly class topics and general articles related to the weekly topics. Although this sounds very formal, just remember there are no tests or papers for participants to write! Here are the initial background articles to help you prepare:

To enhance the experiences of the class, participants are encouraged to send an email to the instructor by the evening before the scheduled class session.  (E-mail: BrentwoodBibleJourney@gmail.com)  Participants are invited to raise comments on something they found confusing or different in the biblical readings or background readings from their tradition.  Participants are also encouraged to suggest a question they would like to hear discussed in class. The instructor will try to respond to questions and comments by return email as well as share responses in the class session.  (The source of the questions and comments will not be identified to protect the identity of the participant.) Class members will also have opportunity to ask questions through the chat panel in Zoom.