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MCCDC: WORKED UP

Through his ministry, again and again, Jesus teaches us of the marvelous transformations that can happen when we give attention to God, instead of to the thousands of distractions that society offers us.” ~Kristin Berkey-Abbott Martha has an agenda. She is in a tizzy to accomplish it. Who is she trying to impress? She has…

MCCDC: STRONG WITH ALL STRENGTH

“I believe that Spirit is one and is everywhere present. That it never leaves me. That in my ignorance I may withdraw from it, but I can realize its presence the instant I return to my senses. It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to…

A Spiritual House of Peace

“Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house.”  ~ 1 Peter 2: 5 In reflecting on this Sunday’s scripture from 1 Peter 2: 2-10 the beautiful MCCDC Peace Pole on the corner of 5th and Ridge Street NW comes to mind.  It stands as a call to prayer, peace and friendship in…

MCCDC: Hymn Sing Sunday & Sacred Voices

“I do a medley of hymns in all my sets, whether I’m in an arena, in a theater, in an amusement park.” ~Yolanda Adams< Songs have power beyond words. Songs put words into rhythm. When words are lost, songs have staying power. This Sunday at MCCDC we will sing our hearts full and sing our…

MCCDC: Yearning for God

A headline from Time magazine caught my attention this week: “More Millennials Are Dying ‘Deaths of Despair,’ as Overdose and Suicide Rates Climb.” Time reports that between 2007 and 2017, drug-related death increased by 108% among adults ages 18-34; alcohol-related death increased by 69%; suicides increased by 35%. 36,000 millennials in the United States died…

MCCDC: Standing in Grace

Several years ago, I wrote a song called “Justified” based on Sunday’s reading from Romans 5:1-5. The song gratefully celebrates how God uses our faith to make available to us all of God’s universal promises. The lyrics of the song declare, “God knows all about me, but God loves me anyway! I’ve got a witness…

MCCDC: TRUE COLORS

This Sunday we begin the colorful season of Pridetide! At MCCDC we observe traditional seasons of the church calendar such as Advent, Lent, Holy Week and the Great 50 Days of Eastertide. We also welcome emerging observances. Pridetide is one such observance, celebrated in most Metropolitan Community Churches and a growing number of other denominations.…

MCCDC: Did you Ever Imagine Being Here Today?

“Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.” –Oprah Winfrey. God is certainly a great God that encourages and empowers each of us to be great and to do great things. What exactly is greatness? How do you measure…

MCCDC: Imagine Peace

Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you; but the kind of peace I give you is not the world’s peace.”(John 14:27) What sort of peace does he mean? And was it a gift only to those who heard him or is it a gift we receive as well? The second…

MCCDC 48th Anniversary, Kathleen Carey: Imagine Acceptance

“Imagine a place where mercy resides, love forms each heart and compassion is lived out with grit and determination.” ~ Cynthia Langston Kirk Rev. Troy Perry wasn’t sure what was ahead. Because he was gay, he had recently been defrocked by the church he loved and the church that he had served. His church condemned…