The Waterbury Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, where I am privileged to serve as pastor is an open-minded and engaged gathering of folk who minister to one another and our community in the name of Jesus Christ.
While this is what a church means, by definition, we take seriously the notion that by God’s grace, we are called to be ambassadors for Christ. What we think that means, is in part, the subject of this blog.
I am Peter Plagge, the pastor of this congregation and the maintainer of this blog and our website (www.waterburyucc.org). Mostly the blog is just a way for me to compose and then post sermons on our website. My first blog entry, “How Many Weblogs Does it Take?” explains some of the thinking behind this.
I suppose another reason I have instituted this weblog has to do with the fact that I tend to preach in a style that is a bit unorthodox. Despite efforts to be more orthodox, given my passion to express the gospel in a way that is both appropriate to our times and credible to our humanity, and given that I sense much of what passes for preaching is neither appropriate nor credible, I have not been able to. I will remain an unorthodox preacher. One of the authors at the top of my list lately writes this about orthodoxy:
I have always thought of orthodoxies of all kinds as the lowest common denominator of people who have not found a religion but joined a potentially dangerous club. That makes me a natural born heretic. People think heresy is a bad thing, but it’s not It comes from a Greek word meaning “to choose.” Why is it seen as wrong to choose? Because some arrogant little groups declared that the choices were closed, because they had this “God” business all figured out. Those who aren’t through choosing are then, by definition heretics. (Loehr, Davidson, America, Fascism and God: Sermons from a Heretical Preacher, 2005, Chelsea Green Publishing Company.)
So here we can go back and ask questions of the sermon (and the sermonizer!). Here we can find the reference to the quote in last week’s sermon. Here you can reflect again on a worship service that meant something to you.