Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 29, 2017 - Epiphany 4A

Readings for the Day.

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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

Readings of the Day.

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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

Readings for the Day.

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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.