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March 17, 2017
Reflection -
From Secrecy to Vulnerability - Rev. Fuller-Wright
From the Pastor's Desk . . .
Beloved Community,

If you've been in worship you've noticed that during Lent we're taking turns sharing stories from our own lives during the prayer of confession and assurance. It's a rather courageous practice, if you think about it, because our culture tends to shame people for their mistakes, not help them grow from it. Isn't that the reason why reality TV exists?  So we can watch people bare their soul as a form of entertainment?

But following Jesus begins by telling the truth about our lives, and receiving God's grace, even when we get it wrong.  In the recovery community, they call it making a "fearless moral inventory." We do this, not to shame one another, but to free one another from the lie that everything is OK and that we have it all figured out. The foundation of any relationship is honesty, and we aren't in right relation with God, with our neighbors, or with ourselves, if we aren't honest about what we have done or left undone. After all, how can we heal what is broken when we can't admit that anything is wrong? How can we grow as followers of Jesus when we don't admit where we need practice?

As Rev. Molly Baskette says in her book, Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession, "The goal of a healthy spiritual life is not to be perfect.  It's to be fully aware of all we do, good and bad, and to have all of our pieces and parts in the same place, integrated." So, I hope you will join us in second hour this week as Becky teaches us how to become more integrated, spiritually mature people by learning how to write our own prayers of confession.

See you there!
This year our Lenten theme is “Make Us Holy, Make Us Whole,” and each week we’ll explore different ways that God takes the broken pieces of our lives and puts them together to make something more beautiful than we could have ever imagined.
Joanne, Becky, and I have designed what we hope will be a very deep and meaningful journey this Lent through scripture, image, prayer, and song. I promise, this is a series you won’t want to miss!
1-Mar Ash Wednesday From Broken to Whole
5-Mar Lent 1 From Empty to Filled
12-Mar Lent 2 From Fear to Hope
19-Mar Lent 3 From Secrecy to Vulnerability
26-Mar Lent 4 From Condemned to Forgiven
2-Apr Lent 5 From Innocence to Wisdom
9-Apr Palm Sunday From Call to Response

Looking Ahead...
Sunday, March 19, 2017 – 
9:00 a.m. -  Bible Study with Rev. Bob Moore
10:00 a.m. - Worship, Third Sunday in Lent
11:30 a.m. - Second Hour, Join us for an informal chat about cnfession, and to get brainstorming about how we can share our stories and talk about God at work in our lives. Everyone is welcome! Creative thinking encouraged!

Could you host a coffee hour? There is a sign-up sheet in the fireplace room.

Saturday, April 22nd,
Christ Congregation Book Discussion
will be held at the McCollough’s. Light refreshments will be served as we discuss J. D. Vance’s bestselling book “Hillbilly Elegy”

Pastor Alexis Fuller-Wright can be contacted via email at Her Sabbath days are Mondays and Saturdays, so please only contact her in case of emergency on those days.
To submit announcements and suggestions to be included in the CC Newsletter, email by Wednesday each week.
Christ Congregation
50 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609-921-6253
The Rev. Alexis Fuller-Wright, pastor
Joanne Hardgrove, Organist-Choir Director 
Brandi Grove, Church Secretary
Rebecca Fransisco, Seminary Intern
The Rev. Jeffrey Mays, Pastor Emeritus
Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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