This Week in Worship

Waiting for the Messiah: Waiting for Joy
John 1: 6-28
Rev. Sandhya Jha, preaching

In John the Baptist's time, people were in such dire need for joy they really wanted Jesus to save them. It must have been disappointing to hear he wasn't who they were waiting for, because they needed some joy. While we're in this season of anticipation, can we be the ones we're waiting for, on behalf of Jesus, and create a little joy?


Sunday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

We are excited to welcome back to our pulpit on December 10th, Sandhya Jha.  Sandhya is a friend of our congregation and serves as founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations creating access, equity and dignity for all in Oakland and the Bay Area. Sandhya’s career has been marked by work to effect public policy change (working in the office of Congressman Thomas C. Sawyer from Akron, Ohio), to promote religious liberty and an alternative voice to the religious right (at The Interfaith Alliance), and to support housing for all (at East Bay Housing Organizations), as well as her work to build what Dr. Martin Luther King called Beloved Community (at the Oakland Peace Center).

Former pastor of First Christian Church of Oakland and former regional staff with Christian Churches of Northern California-Nevada, Sandhya is the author of Room at the Table, the history of people of color in the Disciples of Christ, Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines, on the subject of race and spirituality in America, and her newest book, Transforming Communities: How People Like You are Healing Their Neighborhoods, which focuses on concrete ways that regular people are creating change community-by-community in an era where positive change can feel impossible. Copies of her latest book will be available on Sunday for $15.

She serves as an anti-racism/anti-oppression trainer with Reconciliation Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is a faith-rooted organizer with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (formerly Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice – CA) and is particularly proud of her podcast, Hope from the Hood, available on iTunes and at

Sandhya is a dynamic, passionate preacher and we are thrilled to welcome her back to FCC Concord!

The way we worship is the way we live.

Worship is the work of the people, bringing together our fullest selves in a communal act of love and gratitude.  Each voice is important; each person is valued as the Spirit draws out our authentic gifts and talents, shared in the ever-widening circle of God’s people.  We hope you’ll join us this week as we gather to worship the God of extravagant welcome.