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Logo Living Stream CoB…. Welcome to the Living Stream Church of the Brethren!  We worship together online on Sunday evenings at 5:00pm Pacific Timezone (6:00 Mountain Time, 7:00pm Central Time, 8:00 Eastern Time).  Join us then at our web streaming host to find the doorway to our online gatherings, with friends from around the country and around the world. All are welcome here!

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You may be wondering what this “online church” is all about.  Click here for a quick sampling of our worship, in introduction videos by Enten Eller. This is a new thing we are doing, but it is firmly rooted in the traditions of love, communication, adventure, and respect we have inherited from our roots in the Church of the Brethren.  Please find out more about who we are and hope to be, and how you can connect with us!  

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Easter Hope

by MarySue Rosenberger

Beyond egg­laying bunnies or candy,
New bonnets and eye­catching fashions,
Easter hope goes deeper than the roots of spring flowers,
It’s more warming than April’s sunshine,
More joyful than spring­time breezes.
Easter hope is more than the “something for nothing” type;
it’s the discovery of Something of great value
in the midst of life’s nothings.
Greater than the hope of “striking it rich”
by discovering gold, jewels or buried treasure;
Easter hope is discovering the wealth hidden in daily life.
Surpassing the “lottery ticket” brand of hope
– wealth for one at the expense of the many –
Easter hope offers riches to everybody,
all at the expense of One.
Easter hope’s more like a “free lunch” hope;
“Come, eat without earning; feast without fee,”
a remembrance meal of unleavened bread
that will cost you everything you are
and feed you into Eternity.

EASTER MYSTERY
by Mary Sue Rosenberger

Incarnate God,
Good Friday we understand:
­ – the prison of unanswered prayer
­- the abandonment of sleepy friends
­ – power politics and mob rule
­ – military callousness
­ – the treachery of self­-interest
­ – clouds of doubt and storms of fear
­ – earthquakes of despair
­ – the death of innocence.
Yes, Creator God, in our own lives
we understand Good Friday.

But, God of Surprises,
Easter makes no sense at all:
­ – life springing from death
­- a stone seal broken silently
­ – hope bursting out of a tomb
­ – women with spices and men behind locked doors
­ – a Risen One who calls his friends by name
­ – the powerful helpless and the helpless powerful
­ – a disappearing body and a visible Spirit
­ – God Incarnate recognized in the breaking of bread.

No, Mysterious God, we cannot comprehend Easter.
Grant us Your grace to believe what we cannot understand.

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Living Lent 4/17

Portland April 10 2“My next spadeful revealed something amazing… I gingerly leaned forward for a whiff. It smelled – clean! I took a piece of it in my hand.  It was crumbly. I smelled it again. It smelled like the ground after a spring rain!  As I crouched there with this fragrant new soil in my hand, my mind boggled and the knowledge came through loud and clear: The Earth turns everything given to it into itself, just as my body does and all living bodies do. The Earth is a living being!”

- Julia Scofield Russell, exploring compost, in “Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism,” ed. Irene Diamond and Gloria Orenstein

The blooms are serious in Portland, Oregon, on Joanna’s corner.

Living Lent 4/16

Screen shot 2014-04-13 at 9.26.50 AMTake action for Planet Earth, with the Planet Earth Pledge.  This growing movement invites people of faith to commit to do one action for the Earth each week through 2014.

This month, you are invited to join in watching the new documentary series about climate change called “Years of Living Dangerously,” screened through 350.org. Find out all about this new series.

It’s still brown and bare but buds are starting to emerge in Chicago, Illinois, where Jill took this photo on her corner in Hyde  Park.