Wisdom from above is . . . full of mercy and good fruits
What's "Renewal" about? It's about God rebuilding our spirits to be strong and steadfast enough to withstand the storms of life - with help from God and each other, of course. One way to cooperate in God's project of rebuilding us is to practice loving as God loves, and fasting as Jesus taught. A great way to do both of those is to tithe our talent and our treasure. Read the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on March 10, 2019 at 2:34pm — No Comments
Light. The Light of Creation, the Light of Christ. The great sweep of the Story of God is infused with images of light, and it is a common thread from the First Sunday in Advent all the way through to the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. Today, we have a Service of Light, with readings, reflections, and songs that prepare us for Lent by immersing us in the goodness, hope, and purpose of Creation. The lessons and reflections given by Deacon Cindy Roehl and me are …Continue
Added by Becky on March 3, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Peter grumbled, but trusted Jesus had a reason for telling him to fish in a lake that hadn't given up one fish all night long. Even faith that grumbles is a good step on our spiritual growth. Read the sermon here.
Added by Becky on February 10, 2019 at 6:17pm — No Comments
Understanding our own anger may be the biggest step to peace we can take. Read the sermon here.
Added by Becky on February 3, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments
How is a great church like a great marriage? In both, they do what God does: delight in the other. So simple! But what focus it takes! Read the sermon here.
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Added by Becky on January 20, 2019 at 4:53pm — No Comments
For all its many human failings, the Church was created to be a pretty awesome collection of folks, each one of them a special agent on a mission. What's the mission? To have all Creation crying "GLORY!" (We stodgy Episcopalians actually did that today, at the tops of our longs. It was a blast!) Read the sermon here.
Added by Becky on January 13, 2019 at 5:25pm — No Comments
What if God is trying to get your attention by giving you signs? Would you notice? If you noticed, would you know what it meant? If you knew what it meant, would you bet your life on it? The Magi did. Their journey is a model for every journey into the unknown of faith. Read the sermon here.
Added by Becky on January 6, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Most people groan when a red light interrupts our Very Important Business. What if, this Advent, they became a time to let God break into our lives for just a moment? Read the sermon here.
Added by Becky on December 9, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments
The First Sunday of Advent is about Hope - Hope that there is hope to be liberated from life's chaos. Today, I tell about my journey from sitting in darkness to finding the great light of hope that comes only from God. Read the sermon here.
Added by Becky on December 2, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments
Baptism into the death and life of Jesus is a rebirth. With this birth, we can expect labor pains. Read the sermon here.
Added by Becky on November 18, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Time and again in scripture, heroes of the faith are not people rolling in clover, but people who are making the best out of an impossibly terrible situation. It's an attitude more Christians could stand to adopt in our walk of discipleship. Read the sermon here.
Added by Becky on November 11, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Some people light up a room by coming into it, some people light it up by going out of it.
All are under the watchful, caring eye of God. A Church where Jesus is Lord is to be a place where everyone - even the ones we might find difficult to like or accept - is noticed, everyone is cared for, everyone thrives in God's love. Read the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on November 4, 2018 at 2:31pm — No Comments
Are we going to resign ourselves to always using the ancient system of handling our problems through violence? No follower of Jesus should settle for that. We need to beg God for mercy and ask God to give us the courage necessary to change ourselves, our nations and our world to be people who actively, ardently, wage peace. Read the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on October 28, 2018 at 2:01pm — No Comments
Who gets to call the shots? Who gets the best seat? For disciples of Jesus of Nazareth, the answer is probably not "you do." Read the sermon here.
Added by Becky on October 21, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments
When we focus on what we don't have, we focus on ourselves. We'll never find eternal life if it's only our own interests that concern us. Read the sermon here.
Added by Becky on October 14, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments
This past week was tough; it dredged up a lifetime of memories. These memories teach us to be angry and afraid to the point that we know exactly what Jesus meant by the hell where the worms don't die and the fire never goes out. Yet we Jesus-followers are people of hope. Rather than hope for a quick death, as Moses did, we need to discover how to be filled with all joy and peace in faith, overflowing with hope in the power of the Holy Spirit. Read the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on September 30, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Which way do you want it? "The one who dies with the most toys wins," or "The first shall be last and the servant of all." Take your time to decide. Just know that trying to do both simply won't work.
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The ones we're so ready to make eat off the floor - are we sure that's where God wants them to be? Or, is it just more comfortable for us if they know their place, keep quiet, and leave us to be alone with others who think like we do? Find the sermon here.
Added by Becky on September 9, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments
When we die, other people get our stuff, often arguing about it. But the stuff doesn't care who owns it. And most stuff disappears sooner or later, anyway. So why would anyone live just to get more and more stuff? There's a better way to answer the question of what to do with our lives. Find the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on September 2, 2018 at 2:15pm — No Comments
The systems of the world seem to be encouraging people to get meaner and meaner. You can almost smell the brimstone. The Church has one job: disrupting this hellish system by incarnating the Holy Spirit of love, giving others a glimpse of the Reign of God by the way we live. Read the sermon here, listen to it…Continue
Added by Becky on May 20, 2018 at 4:59pm — No Comments