October 8, 2017

Exodus 17:1-7

During our worship service on Sunday, we will hold a sort of prayer vigil that will acknowledge and hold all the feelings that are emerging.  We will acknowledge the horrible violence, and all the feelings in us that accompany that news.  We will also attempt to ground ourselves in the goodness of God’s green earth, in touchstones of hope, belief in transformation, and insistence that there is something precious that we are called to protect.   I believe it will be a powerful and beautiful service.  As part of the service, we will have prayer stations set up. 

And you are invited to bring flowers, symbols of hope, written and artistically-rendered prayers of all kinds.  There will also be space for people to create and offer prayers during the service.

Of course, all people are welcome, and I do hope you will invite friends and neighbors.

Reaching out for the peace that passes all understanding,

October 1, 2017

Exodus 16:1-31, 35

This Sunday, we celebrate World Communion Sunday, and again this week, we will collect our Reconciliation Offering.  We are preparing for a lovely and lavish World Communion Sunday.  Several people will share what communion means to them—why it is important, why we do it, how it is spiritually significant.  This will be the centerpiece of our service.  We will have 3 communion stations for this Sunday with a variety of breads, fruits, and flowers, as well as our beautiful pumpkins!  During our Communion time in the service, we will also have a table for writing prayers and giving offerings, and a table for lighting candles.  

September 17, 2017

This Sunday we are celebrating Peace Sunday outside in our Peace Garden.  It promises to be poignant and powerful service!

We believe in the possibilities of peace!
Save us, O God, from the toxic belief that might is right—that power lies in coercion and the force of arms.
Remind us of the great strength that rises in human connection, human community, human rights, and the common good.
Show us ways to live in solidarity with all of our neighbors.
And ways to source our openness, empathy, and compassion from the power of your fierce and abiding love.
For your love is the root of peace.

And this peace holds the greatest power.

September 10, 2017

Exodus 13:17-22

Our scripture this week continues in Exodus—with Moses leading the people out of Egypt.  He leads them on the roundabout way with God leading both day and night.  Sometimes our path is not clear and straight.  What is the value of the “roundabout way?”  

September 3, 2017

Exodus 3:1-15

Our scripture this week is the story of Moses and the burning bush.  It asks that age-old question:  how does God speak to us?  What does require of us and the Church?  And are we ready and willing to answer?

August 27, 2017

Matthew 16:13-20

Our scripture this week asks that age-old question, “Who do you say that I am?”  And, really, who is the genuine Jesus?  Has he been effectively co-opted by the gun-toting, war-mongering right wing?  Or perhaps he is just a lukewarm, passive nice guy for whom “anything goes”?  Who is this Jesus?  And how would he respond to the current events we face today?*

July 23, 2017

Genesis 28:10-19a

Our scripture this week continues our journey in Genesis—with the story of Jacob travelling to Padden-aram to his Uncle Laban (Rebekah’s brother) to take a wife.  Jacob has a dream of a ladder stretching up to heaven with angels ascending and descending upon it.  This story reminds us that the sacred finds us and meets us in unexpected places—regardless of our “merit.”  Jacob has stolen Esau’s birthright, and even so, God loves him and remains with him.