2016

Wait With Joy

December 11, 2016
Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11
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Our advent theme this year is Wake. Watch. Wait. These three small words are easy to glide right over. They seem almost interchangeable in our advent context. Yet they hold weight in the Christian tradition, in scripture, in our lives. “They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31) “Wait for God, […]

Watching For Shoots

December 04, 2016
Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12
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I am grateful for this season of advent. When all around we hear “buy, more, now” and “cook, bake, eat” it is a relief to come to church and hear “wake, wait, watch.” It is not that here we are asked to be selfish. It is not that we are encouraged to be inactive. It […]

Wake!

November 27, 2016
Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44
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Well, here it is, once again the first Sunday of Advent and instead of being greeted with a text of excitement and warm fuzzy anticipation about the impending birth of a lovely little baby who would carry a message of love and inclusion into the world we are given this gospel text of apocalyptic warning. […]

Be Still, And Know!

November 20, 2016
Colossians 1:11-20; Psalm 46
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The Psalm has many familiar, reassuring cadences. Some of us may know it by memory. 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; “Be still, and know that I am God! […]

Frightening Omens, Patient Endurance

November 13, 2016
Luke 21:5-19; Isaiah 65:17-25
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I am grateful to be with you all again today. Last weekend I spent an intense and idyllic weekend with 160 women doing theology in Leesburg, VA. We were participants in a conference called “I’ve got the power.” Having the weekend planned and led primarily by women of color was a rare privilege in the […]

Faithful Flexitarians

November 06, 2016
Romans 14:1-18, 15:4-6
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Yesterday was the fall delegate session for Allegheny Mennonite Conference. There were seven people from this congregation that attended the gathering. During the last several weeks, as we anticipated the meeting, we were encouraged by the conference office to read and spend some time considering Romans 14-15:6 as preparation for the looming conversations. I say […]

Centered In Christ

October 16, 2016
Luke 18:1-8; Ephesians 2:11-22
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Ephesians 2:11-22 Bear in mind, that at one time the men among you who were Gentiles physically – called the “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves the “circumcised,” all because of a minor operation – had no part in Christ and were excluded from the community of Israel. You were strangers to the Covenant and […]

Talking About Salvation

October 09, 2016
Isaiah 51:4-6; Luke 16:19-23
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I don’t often hear about salvation in our church any more, so I was glad to hear a bit about it when our Colombian brother, Ricardo Esquivia, was here earlier this summer. He opened a door and I hope to nudge it open a bit further. So why don’t we talk about salvation? I suspect […]

In It Together

October 02, 2016
Leviticus 19:33-34; Mark 10:13-16; Ephesians 2:17-22
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On World Communion Sunday it is natural for us to think about the wider church. And I don’t just mean MCUSA, on world communion Sunday we are invited to ponder and celebrate what it means to be in communion with the whole world. The church, on this day is the movement and expression of God’s […]

Jeremiah IV

September 25, 2016
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
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This week, Michelle lent me her graphic novel version of Jeremiah. It is fascinating – and helpful – to see the book of Jeremiah in “comic strip” format. Though it is an ancient story, the invasions and threats of invasions, unjust imprisonment, and leaders that abuse their power make it a timeless tale, perfect for […]