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January 16 -Where is the Messiah?

John 2 1-11 – 2nd Epiphany Sunday School ActivitiesNote: Prior to the reflection the congregation watched Parker Palmer’s video, “Standingin the Tragic Gap” by The Work of the People.When was the last time you went to a three-day party? Indoors, probably prepandemic. That’s what weddings were like in Jesus’ time and culture, everythingstopped for three days, the wine flowed, and the food…

January 2 – Arise! Shine!

Isaiah 60: 1-6 & Matthew 2: 1-12(2nd Christmas/Epiphany) Born In Me – Colleen Usaty In his book The Darkest Dark, astronaut Chris Hadfield writes about himself when he wasa child, a child who tries everything he can to stay awake at night because he is afraid ofwhat he imagines might be lurking in the dark. Later in the book, he goes to…

Christmas Eve

She Pondered the Words in Her Heart—Luke 2: 1-20 If you love a bargain, scripture is an amazing two for one deal. When we read or hearscripture, we are always reading at least two stories; the actual words on the page andthe story behind the words that consider the motivations and historical situation of thewriter. Tonight, I want to focus solely on…

December 12 – Mary and the Whos

Luke 1: 39-56 (Third Sunday in Advent) Sunday School Activities Voices United Choir: Born on Christmas Day In Mark’s gospel, Jesus is quoted as saying that in order to enter the kingdom of heaven we need to become like children.  It is no accident then that some of the finest children’s books are deeply spiritual works.  For years, I have thought of…

December 5 – Radical Peace

Sunday School Activities O Come Emmanuel – Voices United Choir Malachi 3:1-4 Advent 2 – Sunday, December 5, 2021 Advent is a good time to remember that the Bible is what one theologian describes as a wilderness text.  A text borne of trauma, displacement, and loss.  The ancient writers who penned sacred scripture — and the vast majority of characters who populate its…