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The Preacher’s Post: DRY BONES AND CHURCH BIRTHDAYS
“Them bones, them bones gonna walk around. Now hear the word of the Lord!”
– from “Dry Bones” by James Wheldon Johnson
Maybe this is something you share in common with me: a memory of having sung the song “Dry Bones” at some point in your life. I remember singing it as a child, although I struggled a bit with the anatomy when it came to getting from the foot bone to the head bone in the correct order with all the correct pieces! I also remember knowing almost nothing about what those lyrics meant or where they came from. It took me many years to discover the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones in scripture, and even more to start making any sense or meaning of the story.
So maybe you share this in common with me, too: having never heard Ezekiel 37:1-14 used as the primary text for Pentecost Sunday. I know we’re all probably more used to the story of the Holy Spirit descending, tongues of flames over the disciples’ heads, the crowds hearing the Gospel proclaimed in a language they could understand – which is the Pentecost story from Acts chapter 2, but I’m kind of excited to shift gears and focus my Pentecost reflections on the dry bones from Ezekiel instead. (If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m making a not-so-subtle teaser to get you intrigued about coming to worship on Pentecost. As if the congegational meeting wasn’t reason enough – haha!)
And maybe you share one more thing in common with me: having never had a congregational meeting woven into the order of the worship service. Okay, I should admit here that I actually have experienced worship services with a ‘business’ meeting integrated into the order, but I went for many years before finally doing so. But like me, you can put your anticipation to rest when we engage in a time of “worshipful work” as part of our Pentecost service this month! Now, I don’t want to give away all of the surprise here in the newsletter, but I’m really excited about this service and I’m hoping to share some of that excitement with you on May 20th!
So, plan on joining us – even if you haven’t been around for worship in a while – and find out what makes dry bones so important to newborn churches. God has so many exciting possibilities in store that I can hardly wait to get started! Who knows? Maybe you’ll feel the Spirit begin to move anew, too. I look forward to figuring it all out together.
See you at Pentecost,
Prepping for Pentecost
(and congregational meeting announcement)
Maybe it’s not as popular as Easter or Christmas, but Pentecost is a really big deal in the life of the church and this year we’re going to celebrate that! We’ll be mixing up the worship service to do something completely different, which will involve singing and celebrating and maybe even a couple of other surprises. Plus, we’ll be incorporating our annual meeting into the order of worship. Let’s call it worshipful work, because it’s not just about the business of being church but is all about embracing our call to live out the Gospel together in the coming year. So, mark your calendars and plan on joining us on May 20th, because it’s going to be a great day!
Christian Church of Bremerton is a diverse group of people seeking to
respond to the vision of God's purpose revealed through Jesus the
We believe this vision calls us to be an intentional community, which engages persons in Christian practices. These practices include the Lord's Supper, joyful worship, Bible Study, prayer, service, and inclusive hospitality. We anticipate being open to all people, discerning how we can respond to needs within and beyond our congregation. As a community we will listen to and bear one another's burdens, and work on behalf of justice for all God's people.
To embrace and manifest Christ-like relationships in our community, we desire to communicate Jesus' death on the cross and bear witness to His resurrection as a sign of hope in this world. We seek to realize this hope by finding ways to overcome the forces that degrade, enslave and oppress God's creation.
In this vision we seek to know, to discern, and to act on the Holy Spirit's guidance to become an expression of God's new creation through our personal gifts and resources. In our actions we strive "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with [our] God." (Micah 6:8c)