This morning a special service was held at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ to mark 97 years of ministry on the corner of 105th and NE Wygant in NE Portland. All the living former ministers were invited to participate by The Rev. Don Frueh, the congregation’s newly installed minister. Like many mainline churches, Parkrose has in recently years suffered membership losses. In many ways our mainline churches have lost direction and a sense of mission. The people of Parkrose Community United Church of Christ have used the last few years, however, to discern where God was calling the church in this age. They have decided to leave their building behind as part of that process and to share space with a United Methodist Church in the neighborhood as they make preparations in the next few years to find a permanent home that also allows for some as yet defined mission project that benefits the community. I was honored to serve this faithful community for three years as their interim mister and to join them once again this morning for a celebratory service one week before they move into their new temporary space. My homily, not a sermon, focused on the leadership transition between Moses and Joshua.
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