"Now after John was arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee,
proclaiming the good news of God,
and saying, 'The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God
has come near; repent,
and believe in the good news'."
Christian life is a response to the news that in Jesus Christ the reign of God has arrived. This proclamation - "kerygma" - is the gospel message of good news that turns our lives around.
In each service of worship the presider announces the gospel. This succinct declaration of grace is preceeded by a longing sung prayer for mercy and is followed by a chorus of joy. The message of God's amazing grace is the turning point around which our life shifts from ache and longing to healing and rejoicing.
We publish a unique calendar that begins not on the first day of January but on the first Sunday of Advent (four Sundays before Christmas). The pages of the calendar do not turn with each month but with each new Christian Season. The Salt of the Earth Christian Seasons Calendar is a proclamation that invites us to live our lives in a new time, a time when God's kingdom is near at hand in Jesus.
University Hill Congregation has compiled a collection of Ed Searcy's articles from "Gathering" into a booklet that describes the ways that we mark time through the Christian Year. You can read these articles online at Ed's Holy Scribbler blog where they are collected in the Christian year category.
In its calling to proclaim the gospel, University Hill Congregation commissions its Congregational Minister and others to speak and to provide leadership in various settings. This ministry of proclamation is one way in which we seek to practice what we preach and to preach what we practice.