Gracie Allen put it very pointedly — Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
Going back a few years before Gracie — in fact, to 1620 — John Robinson, sent our spiritual forebears to the New World with this historic commission: "God has yet more light and truth to break forth out of his holy Word."
Today, one of the defining characteristics of the UCC* is that . . . . Your beliefs, your understanding of God and Jesus and church are uniquely yours, as you seek and explore alongside others in community.
* Congregational Church of Almaden Valley is affiliated with United Church of Christ (UCC)
The Rev. Dr. Arlene K. Nehring, Eden United Church of Christ, Hayward, Calif. Sunday June 8, 2003
There continue to be people in every generation of the Christian faith who wonder whether God is still speaking in their time and place. Some believe that God has already said everything that we ever need to know in scripture, or through some church figurehead, or in some church document, and that all we need to do is to read it, and embrace it.
Personally, I don't believe that God was done speaking at Pentecost, or that God was done speaking when the Council of Chalcedon finished the Apostle's Creed, or when the Reformers closed the Biblical canon. That's why I feel right at home in the United Church of Christ [Congregational Church of Almaden Valley, UCC is part of the United Church of Christ].
In 1620, when our spiritual forebears prepared to leave Europe for the New World, their pastor, John Robinson, sent them off with this historic commission: "God has yet more light and truth to break forth out of his holy Word."
In this powerful sentence, Robinson explained that God's revelation could not be confined to scripture, to a creed, or to a catechism, neither could it be attributed exclusively to a pope, a particular religious body, or to a unique event or period in history. The word of God, Robinson argued, was more expansive than all of these.
"Yet more light and truth...." Robinson's assertion continues to be the hallmark of UCC beliefs. That is why in our tradition we read the Bible, we study ancient creeds and catechisms, and we look to the wisdom and guidance of individuals and faith communities throughout history and across cultures—but it is also why we never let ourselves believe that we have read or heard all that God has to say, or all that God may be calling us to be and do.
Are you open to the possibility that God has something more for you?
Do you think of yourself as "spiritual, but not religious"?
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey — YOU are welcome here.