September 21, 2020
Years ago, our minister, the late Joseph Williamson, wrote the following words in the Plymouth Herald: “We are dissenting Protestants. We believe that governments and economic systems which are not based on the principles of equity, justice, freedom and power to all people, are contrary to the will of God.”
This is our history. With the prophetic leadership of Dr. Kelle Brown, this is our present.
Years ago, when the decision on becoming an “Open and Affirming “ congregation was presented for a vote at an all-church meeting in Hildebrand Hall, an older man stood up. He said was against the proposal and gave his reasons. Immediately after this statement, a member of Y. F. came up to the dais and answered him directly in these words: “I hear what you say. I know you have concerns, but we love you. Though we may disagree, we know you are a vital part of this church.”
That congregational meeting – resulting in overwhelming support for becoming O & A – is our history. O & A is our blessed present.
Years ago, Plymouth’s minister Tony Robinson and 11 members of the congregation traveled to Managua, Nicaragua to share a week of fellowship time with members of Iglesia Morava, then our brother-sister church. On Sunday, we joined them in singing the following words (my translation, from the Spanish): “I don’t care what church you may go to, if with me you’re standing by Calvary. If your heart like mine inclines toward Jesus, give me your hand, and I your sibling will be.”
This is our history. Thanks to a Y.F. trip to the border a few years ago, and especially to the dedicated ongoing efforts of the Immigration Ministry Team, this is our present.
In the few words quoted above, and in many others, Plymouth Church has been “Love in Action,” in the past and in the present. With your ongoing support – with your time, talent and financial offerings – those words can inspire our future, too. -Al Bentley
Plymouth Church UCC Worship is experienced on a Zoom Webinar platform, on our Plymouth YouTube Channel and Facebook pages each Sunday as we return to our program year format. Please join us for Worship, then for Coffee Hour ONLINE following on the separate Zoom meeting link.
We look to God for the breaking of oppression and healing in the land. Let us stand together with one voice as we watch, fight, and pray with life prioritized.
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