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Russ's Weekly Thoughts - 8/29/19

Dear church family - 

Have I mentioned lately how honored and thrilled I am to be a part of this church with all of you? What an embarrassment of blessings it is to be your Senior Minister!

This Sunday, we will be continuing our series looking at our newly adopted core values. I'm calling this series At Our Core. These core values are who we are; the foundation of everything that we do. This week we'll be looking at the core value of curiosity.

"Curiosity," Elizabeth Gilbert says, "is our friend who helps us become ourselves." It is what keeps us moving forward; it is what allows us to grow. Being curious means you get to ask hard questions that may or may not yield satisfactory answers. It invites you to walk into places you've never been. If you'll let it, curiosity enables you to go deeper into your faith.

So, I'll invite us to think about what it might mean for us, as a community of faith and as individuals, to live into a virtue of curiosity. Because I believe, church, that when we embrace life with a spirit of curiosity and lean into the wonder and mystery, our worship becomes deeper, our faith becomes richer, our lives become better and our church becomes more alive!

I hope you'll join us this Sunday. The choir is doing an awesome anthem that will no doubt speak to your soul, and there will definitely be a seat at the table for you.

But if you can't be there in person, I invite you to join in via the livestream on our website or on Facebook live at both services.

While I've got your attention, I hope you have taken a few minutes to take part in the congregational survey. This feedback will be a great help to our Strategic Discernment Team as we work to identify and articulate a clear path to help us live into the vision God is calling us to. You can take the survey by clicking here.

I also want to invite you to join us for a series of events that we are calling Meal With A Mission. Think of it as a town hall meeting where we'll talk about where our mission and ministry are headed. There will be three of these events---each specifically about different segments of our new mission statement. The first will be Sunday, September 8, 6:00-7:30pm in Walker Hall. I really hope you'll join us for these.

Here is the prayer I began my day with today:

Gracious and Holy God,

I am so thankful for this community of faith which offers us a place to grow closer to you as we grow closer to one another. In a world desperate for a word of hope and healing, speak to us and through us, that we might be filled with kindness and compassion. Help us to live a worshipful life, that others may see your love and grace reflected in all that we do. We thank you for this church home that inspires and challenges us to be our very best selves.

Amen.

Serving as your pastor continues to be the greatest honor of my life.

Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman

Senior Minister

University Christian Church

Fort Worth, TX

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