#HarvestFeast with Guest Minister Rev. Alison Longstaff Moore, Sunday @ 11

Please join us this Sunday, November 17, 2019, as we celebrate a shared harvest with our community.  We welcome Guest Minister, Rev. Alison Longstaff Moore of NYC.

Rev. Alison will deliver a sermon on,

“Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs and Swedenborg’s Doctrine of Regeneration”

Our worship service begins at 11 am, directly followed by the harvest meal.  Those who wish to contribute to the meal may contact Gloria Shepherd.  If you need Gloria’s info, please email newchurchofmontgomery@gmail.com

Rev. Alison Longstaff Moore’s Bio: Ordained at the 2009 Convention, Rev. Alison Longstaff Moore has served in ministry in both Canada and Maine.  She currently freelances in New York City, where she lives with her husband, (former college sweetheart) Sam Moore.

Rev. Alison Longstaff Moore was born in Bryn Athyn, PA, the fourth of five children.  Her father is Marlyn Smith, a former President of the Swedenborg Foundation.  Alison’s mother Barbara Merrell, grew up here in Cincinnati with her six sisters and one brother.  Rev. Alison is visiting our congregation this weekend with her sister, Marcia Smith.  Both Alison’s sister Marcia, and husband Sam, are former employees of the Foundation.

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#ThursdayThoughts “Stewardship of Life” Sermon

Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly’s sermon notes from Ohio Association of Swedenborgian Churches Service on World Communion Sunday 10/6/19:

Stewardship of Life

<Psalm 24>

The Lord is the ultimate Steward of the Earth, lent to us while we reside on it. The land was created amid the wide blue seas, buffeted and embraced by the winds.  If we have pure hearts, honoring our true Lord and Savior, we may be welcome to visit the holy place, in the mountains, and the Lord’s presence will bless us.

Welcome to the King of Glory.  We are blessed to be in his presence here and now.

<Ephesians 5:15-16>

We are taught to make the best use of the time we have. To walk with our heads high, and embrace all with bold hearts. With the Lord’s help we will overcome evil and lead good lives.  The Lord gives us stewardship over our very lives, treasures, talents and gifts

<Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13: 1-17>

In the parable of the sower we are taught to be cautious where we plant our seeds.  Be sure we nestle them in fertile ground and not on rocks, not in shallow soil, nor where birds can eat them, nor where they can be scorched or choked off.  Alas, there are also many people who do not see and do not hear the word of the Lord God.  Yet, fortunately, however, some are indeed blessed with eyes that see and ears that hear.  Let us be grateful for such good fortunes.

In another Gospel reading, in Luke 6:38, we are taught about the wisdom of the stewardship of our time, our treasures, and our talents.  Talents are sometimes understood as coins, and variously we may understand them as the talents and gifts we have been given.  As we give, so we will be given to.  Be generous, and we will be rewarded with multiplying blessings, again and again.  All who ask, indeed we shall receive abundantly of the blessings of the Lord.

Looking further at Stewardship, in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, “stewardship” is the conducting, supervising or managing of something entrusted to our counsel and care.  We are taught to understand that good stewards are committed to selfless service.

We believe in sustainability.

We believe in inclusiveness.

We embrace innovation and change, and we are team players, quick to give others credit, and not to boast.

Doing a little bit more research: I found

“Four Principles of Biblical Stewardship,” by Hugh Whelchel

  1. The principle of ownership, lent from the Lord, as we are able to create wealth and abundance through his goodness.
  2. The principle of responsibility.  It is owners who have rights where stewards have responsibilities.
  3. The principle of sustainability. Recalling the parable of the talents, the more we have been given, the more we are to share and care of the well-being of others.  Matthew 25:21 that you receive all benefits and gains from the Lord as an inherited reward.  Thus, in return, it is the Lord we are sewing.  And the Lord responds, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

As we has been faithful with what has give to us, so your blessings will increase the more good you do.

Our lives are the Lord’s gifts to us.  Embrace it fully.  Be grateful for all we have been given.  Hold it lightly, without fear or clutching.  Share as much as we can with others.

As we are good stewards of our lives, so we will be surrounded by increasing blessings, good friends, happiness and love. ~Amen.


Church at 11 with Rev. @JennTafel

Join us Today! Our Guest Minister, Rev. Jenn Tafel will explore the stories of Pentecost and The Tower of Babel, from Scripture.

Hospitality begins at 10:30, Service at 11:00.

845 Congress Avenue, Glendale, OH 45246

Rev. Jenn Tafel is “a Certified Reiki Master and ordained Minister. She is an advocate and activist in the LGBTQ+ community and ally in several circles. She is interested in dismantling systems of oppression collectively and individually, and… here to build new paradigms based on love and wholeness—which requires reconciliation and forgiveness. Rev. Jenn is sharing what she learns and practices along her journey. ~https://www.groundedcoveliving.com/

#ThursdayTheology #Heaven Is Where Love Is #CincyPride

“Heaven is not located on high, but where the good of love is, and this resides within a person, wherever he or she might be.” -Emanuel Swedenborg

Finding where the good of love is this Sunday, at the New Church of Montgomery in Glendale. 10:30 Hospitality; 11:00 Service with Guest Minister, Rev. Jenn Tafel

Pride Month: Cincinnati #Ally Church

pride-monthAre you looking for a welcoming, open and inclusive church in Cincinnati? The New Church of Montgomery (currently meeting in Glendale) is a small congregation of open-minded people looking to do good work in our community and our world.

“In its ever-growing desire to serve all of God’s children, the General Convention (aka The Swedenborgian Church), urges Swedenborgians everywhere to acknowledge that the Church Universal is inclusive and to act in this spirit. Let no Society of the Church exclude any from membership on such considerations as ethnic origin, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, condition of health, handicap, or economic status; but seeking those who accept our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as Redeemer of the world and who accept the essentials of faith of the Church, welcome all with joy and affection into the full and free community of the Church.”