Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 19, 2017 - the 3rd Sunday in Lent

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This story of the Woman at the Well is one of those Bible stories that I don’t always hear.  Does this happen to you too?  It’s familiar enough that, in my mind, I know how it goes.  I know the main characters - Jesus and the unnamed Samaritan woman.  And it’s long - so I tend to get caught by my reaction to a particular word or interaction, and then I lose the overall arc of the story.

Once we recognize the story, and stop hearing it, we also fall back on the interpretations we have heard in the past.  Which makes it more challenging to see the relationship of the story to our life as it is today.  Let’s take another look at this story, to see and hear the invitation it offers today.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March 1, 2017 - Ash Wednesday

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So, here we are.  It’s Ash Wednesday - again.  Done with the feasting of Fat Tuesday, and ready to focus ourselves on the next 40 days before Easter. Some of us have thought about our Lenten fasts, and the rest of us are taking time to think about them right now.
Before we get too far down the road of deciding to give up chocolate or TV or to start yoga for Lent this year, I have a question for each of us.  Well, actually, it’s three questions.
1.      What does Lent mean to you?
2.     Why is this season important to you?
3.     What difference does Lent make in your spiritual life?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 26, 2017 - the Last Sunday after the Epiphany - Transfiguration Sunday

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I love this moment in the liturgical year.  The light of Epiphany seems so bright at the moment of Transfiguration.  While a wild story, the Transfiguration is easy to imagine.  In my mind’s eye, we can see Peter and James and John, resting after climbing the mountain with Jesus.  The light, the disbelief, the conversation trying to make sense of it all.  A true ‘mountaintop’ experience.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 19, 2017 - the 7th Sunday after the Epiphany

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“If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also” (Mt 5:39).  “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Mt 5:44).  “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48).

What is Jesus saying?!!  He sounds crazy.  Doesn’t he know that the way to respond to anger and violence in our world, and his, is to strike back, to prove our strength, to destroy our enemies and WIN?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 29, 2017 - Epiphany 4A

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“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)


I discovered this verse from Micah when I was in my early 20’s. It spoke to my heart about what God asks of us.  I come back to it again and again, because it continues to be relevant.  It’s about how I relate to God, but it’s also about how I relate to other people and the world I live in - every day.  


One could even say it’s a statement about stewardship.  

Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017 - 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany & Annual Meeting Sunday

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Dear People of God, my brothers and sisters in Christ,

I want to begin by saying that, five months into this interim time, I continue to be so very glad God called me to be here in ministry with you.  Thank you for welcoming me and my family into your community so easily and warmly.

In our gospel today, Jesus approaches James and John, fishermen mending their nets, doing what they love and do best, and says to them, “Come with me, and I will make you fish for people.”  

Come with me and do what you love, for the sake of creating the kingdom of God.  Not, leave behind what you love to follow me, but, come with me, and bring your deepest passions and use them to share the gospel with the world.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 15, 2017 - 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

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Have you ever sat down next to a stranger on an airplane and told them things you hadn’t told your best friend?  When they asked you some question about what you love or deepest desire in life, the answer you gave is something you never even knew you loved or wanted?  It wells up from deep inside you – a truth escaping.

And the more you think about it, the more you see how that truth shapes you - how you approach the world, what you want to accomplish in life, your relationships, even your concept of God.  Light and life emerging from one carefully worded question.