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Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory
Last month we shared the news about the health of former UTO Board member Regina Ratteree. Shortly after the October E-News came out, Regina passed away. We ask that you hold Regina’s family in your prayers.
Beginning in December (so the sermon will be for January), we are going to offer a sermon sample for the following month. Many of you have expressed a desire to have a brief sermon that you can be adapted based on the lectionary, or that can simply be read in smaller congregations that utilize the Sermons That Work offerings on weeks when gathering for Morning Prayer instead of the Eucharist. The sermons will always be for the second Sunday of the month so congregations can plan ahead, and we’ll keep them archived on the blog by the lectionary reference, date, and author. You can find all of the sermons here, including some generic ones that can be adapted to any week of the lectionary. If you’d like to write a sermon for others to use, please email Heather and she’ll help get you started.
You might have noticed that many clergy are now holding prayers each week on Facebook Live. I find these offerings a wonderful addition to my own daily meditations and prayers, even when I’m not able to join, because just knowing they are there praying is comforting. I then began to think about offering a space to pray and to give thanks on our UTO Facebook page. So, beginning in January, we’ll gather on the UTO Facebook page for a quick prayer and a litany of thanksgiving, as well as time for you to share your prayers with the group. We’ll gather live at noon Eastern time each Thursday, but if you can’t make it, the video will remain up so you can join in at a time that works for you.
Good Book Club
Back by popular demand, the Good Book Club will take place during Epiphany once again, but this year will focus on the Gospel of John. UTO will have resources available on November 1. Once again, the reflections are from last year’s UTO Grant sites, so we hope you’ll follow along to hear the stories of those your blessings went on to bless.
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