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Jul 16th, 2018 by Rev. David Boyd

Reflection: July 15

Scripture: Mark 6:14–29

         Did you know that the original meaning of despot referred to “a master of a household,” from the Greek? According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, when the Turks conquered Constantinople and changed the name to Istanbul, a despot was also an Eastern Orthodox bishop or patriarch. Before that, it meant a Byzantine emperor or prince.  It also evolved to refer to an Italian hereditary prince or military leader during the Renaissance.  And then later, via the French language, in the late 1500’s despot came to mean what we think of the word today: a ruler with absolute power and authority and who exercises that authority ruthlessly and tyrannically.

         Mel Brooks tackled some difficult subjects like despotism in his comedy movies.  I’ve seen some of his lampoons; he lampooned Westerns, you may remember, with Blazing Saddles.  And he lampooned Star Trek and the Star Wars movies with the movie Spaceballs.  But he occasionally lampooned politics and despots.  He lampooned Hitler and fascism with the movie The Producers, which starred Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.  It also became a Broadway musical some years ago and starred Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.  Brooks said to Mike Wallace at the time something like, “if you make people laugh at despots, you can bring them down with laughter and ridicule.”  As Brooks and others who’ve tried to portray horrible situations have found, though, sometimes nothing works except »»

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Congregational Life

For the Week of July 15

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost


Prayers of the People: July 15

God of Love and Hope…        
                             Hear our prayers »»

Don’t Give Up!


GC43 – Risking Faith/Daring Hope

Jody Dudley and Rev. Greg Powell (Castlegar United Chuch) were elected by BC Conference to be two of their 25 Commissioners to the 43 rd General Council »»

NUC Scholarships

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

 Rose Shine – NUC Women’s Scholarship,

Lucas Alexander – Brett Music Scholarship,

and Tristen Schuh – Allen Scholarship. 

NUC and Nelson Food Cupboard

The Board of NUC and the Nelson Food Cupboard Board have signed a ten-year lease which will provide for the Food Cupboard to have use of the Church Hall and Kitchen from Mondays to Thursdays to expand their service and programs to the community of Nelson. »»

Prayers of the People: July 1

During the prayers, when I say:  “Spirit of Celebration,” please respond with “be among us.”  »»

Prayers of the People: June 24

Let us join our hearts and minds as one in prayer. When you hear the words “Lamb of God” please respond with “Hear our Prayers.»»

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