Sunday, August 27, 2017

August 27, 2017 - the 12th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for Today (track 1).

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After a long day of teaching and traveling, Jesus turns to his disciples and asks, “Who do you say that I am?”
Let’s stop the story in that moment and look around.  Jesus is in the hey day of his ministry.  In the chapter leading up to this passage, he has been feeding the thousands, healing people left and right, and dealing with the seemingly-constant theological challenges of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  He and his disciples have just arrived in a new place, and he asks the disciples who the people say he is.  For that matter, who do his disciples say he is.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 20, 2017 - the 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for today (track 1).

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I have to confess that after the high emotions of last weekend, this weekend feels light.  Especially with much of North America focused on the eclipse tomorrow.  It’s tempting to again want to think we’ve gotten past racist rhetoric and violence.  That the mess of emotion and chaos is all swept up and put away. So we can just look to the sky, and marvel at the sun and moon and earth all aligning. We want to be awed and comforted by something non-violent, something predictable, something cosmic in scale.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 13, 2017 - the 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for the Day (track 1).

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In this stormy world of chaos and doubt, Jesus appears to us in the darkness of our fear and he says, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

If you heard any news this week, you may be feeling despair about the state of our world and nation.  Maybe feeling like the winds of chaos are swirling, and it’s hard to see how we can hold out hope.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017 - the Feast of the Transfiguration

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Happy August!  Happy Seafair Sunday!  Happy Feast of the Transfiguration!  

Today, August 6, is one of the highest holy days in our church calendar - and we really only celebrate it when it falls on a Sunday, which happens about every 6-9 years.  We also remember the transfiguration of Jesus on the last Sunday after Epiphany, which generally falls in late January or early February.  Before we go any further, the transfiguration refers to Jesus’ face shining like the sun and his clothes becoming dazzling white.