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We are the Chewelah United Church of Christ located in Northeast Washington in the small town of Chewelah, Washington. Join us on our website and Facebook page as we share the wonder of God in our open & affirming, bible-studying and Christ-centered church.  A place of sanctuary.

 

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"As children of God, united in our belief in Christ, we are called to love one another as God loves us: helping each other to live as givers, to be as doers, to pray as believers, and always to serve."

 

The Dump and the Church
Anthony B. Robinson

"The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." - Psalm 51: 17

During the summer my wife and I are mostly at the family cabin in the mountains of northeastern Oregon.  

On Sundays we go to town, where we have two stops. First stop is the county dump, which is open 10 to 3. The dump is on the outskirts of town, at the end of a dead-end road. There I heft our black bag of garbage into the maw of the waiting dumpster.  

Second stop is church, a Methodist church, a block off the main street, where we worship in the summers. The hours are about the same. Going to the dump and church on the same trip makes deciding how to dress a challenge.  

There's another challenge: putting too much distance between our two stops. We sometimes think all the yucky stuff belongs in a hidden, out-of-the-way place; while at church it is only the nice stuff that is acceptable—us highly functioning and working well.  

I'm not suggesting that we take our household garbage to church (although that might be symbolically provocative). I am thinking that what we might call our spiritual garbage, the broken parts of our lives, the stuff that has the embarrassing odor of flaw and failure, belongs at church and before God. Author Roberta Bondi once commented, "The church tends to invite our noble selves; God wants our real selves."  

The Psalmist tells us this. He does not tell us that God requires we have everything perfect. Oddly, the one thing God really welcomes is something broken—the broken heart, a fractured spirit. What may be garbage to us may be precious to God, who was into recycling long before we ever heard that word.

Prayer
Thank you, Lord, for your assurance that my broken heart and contrite spirit are welcome in your presence and in your house. Amen.


ddrobinson1111.jpg ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tony Robinson, a United Church of Christ minister, is a speaker, teacher, and writer. His newest book is Called to Lead: Paul’s Letters to Timothy for a New Day. You can read Tony's "Weekly Meditation" and "What's Tony Thinking?" at his website, www.anthonybrobinson.com.

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Scheduled Meetings:

First Sunday - Communion

First Sunday - Food  Sunday

Second Sunday - Birthday & Anniversary Celebration during worship

Third Sunday - Hymn Sing at Long Term Care, 3 pm

Monday - 10:00 am  - Worship Team

Monday -  11:15 am - Lectionary Bible Study

First Tuesday -  6:30 pm - Church Council

Last Tuesday  - 11:30 am (time subject to change ) - Diaconate Meeting

Good Intent meets on the first Wednesday each month at 1:00 pm unless otherwise announced.

Trustees meet the Sunday before Council following worship

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