What Concern is that to Me?   Water Into Wine.

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Until 2-3 weeks ago, I always equated Epiphany with a bright star leading the Magi with their gifts to the Christ child. And while that HAS been the emphasis of the Western Church, the Eastern Church primarily focused on two events of Jesus’ ministry in Epiphany themes – Baptism and transformation of water into wine […]

Beloved of God

Always in the liturgical year on the first Sunday AFTER Epiphany we are invited to remember the Baptism of Jesus – this recognition of being Beloved by God, how God’s favor rested upon Jesus.  And in this church, on this Sunday, the whole congregation is invited, to ponder our belovedness in God, and how God’s […]

The Magi seek the Child: Holy Non-Collaborators

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We are in Year C – the 3rd lectionary cycle. Year C unfolds in the new year by giving us the story of the Magi today, the baptism of Jesus next week, and according to the Gospel of John, Jesus’ first miracle of changing water into wine on 1/20. Rev. Paul Nancarrow draws a connection […]

The Days of Christmas: Creating Hygge in our Midst

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Throughout Advent, the theme of Learning to Walk in the Dark by the luminous light of the moon & star-lit nights ushered us into the culmination of experiencing the Christ Child being birthed into our hearts once again on Christmas Eve when over 200 of us filled this sanctuary with joy & hope & music […]

The 200th Anniversary of Silent Night

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Every Christmas Eve, outside a small chapel in Oberndorf, a picture-postcard village in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, thousands of carolers bundle up against the cold to sing the world’s most-beloved Christmas carol. Amid sparkling lights, and a star-filled sky, two men strumming a guitar, stand in front of the chapel to sing, “Stille […]

Advent III: Learning to Walk in the Dark: by Starlight

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Our theme throughout Advent has been Learning to Walk in the Dark by the luminous light of the moon or starlight. Throughout scripture, we find multiple references to God’s creation in the night sky. Psalm 8:3  “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in […]

Advent II: Learning to Walk in the Dark: The Black Madonna

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  Alfred Burt, an American jazz musician, wrote an annual Christmas carol every year, to send out to friends and family, in a Christmas Card greeting.  A few of his carols have become well known including one written not long before his death at the age of 34 in 1954. It goes like this: Caroling, […]

Advent I: Learning to Walk in Dark

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Isaiah 45:3 And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, which call you by your name, am the God of Israel. Psalm 139 Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? If I go […]

The Challenging Call to Compassion

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Today is Reign of Christ Sunday, also known as Christ the King Sunday.  It is the final week of the liturgical year, in which we celebrate the coming reign of Christ, and tie His role as our spiritual leader into the season of Advent, which begins next Sunday.  Or, at least, that’s what the internet […]

The Politics of Gratitude or Gratitude as Grace

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We are in a two week sermon series on Gratitude – using Diana Butler Bass’s book: Grateul: The transformative Power of Giving Thanks.  Have you ever been in a gratitude loop of saying or expressing thank you.  One of my clergy colleagues, Elizabeth Ingram Schindler told this story in a sermon, of visiting in a friend’s […]