Sunday, September 24, 2017

September 24, 2017 - the 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for today (track 1).

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It’s not fair!
Whether we’re 11 months or 8 years, 27 or 62 or 84, we’ve all felt that way.  As the oldest of 4 kids, I know injustice first hand.  Do you know all the things my younger brothers, especially the youngest one, got away with? Body piercings, tattoos, coloring their hair blue and purple. Not to mention the things I was expected to do for myself –like earning and paying my share of private college tuition. Of course my brothers would probably tell you that as the eldest and only girl I got more privileges than they did. Hmm – seems like we all thought it wasn’t quite fair. Like we weren’t getting what we deserve.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 17, 2017 - the 15th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for the Day (track 1).

I met with the Vestry Stewardship Team this past week to talk about our many ministries here at Emmanuel, and how we can recognize the good stewardship of time, talents, passion and skills, in addition to financial giving, that we already do in our life together.  One of the things we talked about was intentionally creating ‘seasons’ of stewardship of various gifts.  Think of it like a month or two of talking about and celebrating how we are stewards of gifts like our time, God’s creation, our health, our learning, our Sabbath time, our children.  We’re working on a plan to celebrate and recognize and teach about stewardship in different areas, all year long.

We may not have that calendar of year-round stewardship themes worked out and implemented yet, but it feels like the gospel readings in Matthew (starting last week and looking forward a few more weeks) are creating a season for us to talk about stewardship of relationship and community.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 10, 2017 - the 14th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for today (track 1).

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Welcome!  It’s that Sunday that happens every fall, when we gather to begin the new program year.  Every fall we begin this rhythm of life together again.  We return from wherever we’ve been, or maybe we arrive for the first time.
We come into this place, this space, this community.  We come seeking a place to worship and pray, a peaceful sanctuary from the weariness of the world.  We come eager for companionship on our journey, hungry for learning and growing in faith, and for serving our neighbors.  We come to find community, to find people and God, and God dwelling among us, in our midst.  

That’s what makes us community – God dwelling in our midst, present in our every conversation, action and greeting.