The Vulnerability of the Magnificat

December 24, 2017
Luke 1:26-38, 46-55

I love Mary’s Magnificat. Bach’s setting is a particular favorite, though one might ponder how the short song of a “humble servant of God” ends up as a glorious half hour piece with orchestra, choir and soloists. We might also ponder how this song of a teenage girl gets set to music by so many […]

The Hovering Spirit

December 17, 2017
I Thessalonians 5:16-24

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2 These are the opening words to story of God’s work in the world as […]

Sheep in the Royal Reign: Christ the King/Christa the Queen/Christus the Royal Sunday

November 26, 2017
Matthew 25:21-36

In this season of gratitude, I am grateful for another chance to listen to and wrestle with and learn from and a familiar text from the gospel of Matthew. I am grateful that this ancient text survived and we can still learn from Jesus’ stories. This parable about the kindom of God comes at the […]

Aut Visum Aut Non

November 19, 2017
II Corinthian 9:6-11; Luke 17:11-19

Our theme this year at HMC is focused around building connections. We are on the lookout for ways to connect with ourselves, each other, and God. During the month of November we have been exploring what is means to make connections through the practice of gratitude. The story we find in Luke chapter 17 affirms […]

Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength, Neighbor and Self

October 29, 2017
I Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46

Last week, at the congregational retreat, we did activities that invited us to use our bodies, minds and spirits. We will soon get a few pictures on the website and FaceBook so you can see what it looks like when groups of people try to make images of God with their whole selves. We also […]

The Big Ten

October 08, 2017
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

The Ten Commandments – everybody knows them. They are part of popular culture as much as religious culture. We tell jokes about The Ten Commandments – “What did God tell Moses when Moses complained?  Take two tablets and call me in the morning.” The Daily Bonnet, a Mennonite satire website, posted this headline yesterday – […]

Turn, Then, And Live

October 01, 2017
Exodus 17:1-7; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

There are lots of Biblical proverbs that ring familiar in our ears [some more so than others]: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding [Proverbs 3:5] Start children off in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it […]

Enough Already

September 24, 2017
Matthew 20:1-16; Exodus 16:2-15

It’s that time of year, pledge season, when it is suggested that we hear what some call, the “sermon on the amount.” Conveniently, the lectionary gives us these two texts about people wondering if there is enough, for them, for their families, for the community. We might wonder the same? Will there be enough this […]

A Big Ol’ Box of Chips

September 17, 2017
Mark 11:20-25

If you were here last week you may have heard Kathleen, the congregational chair for the year ahead, share the outcomes of the church council and pastorate’s working retreat day on Saturday, September 9. For those of you not familiar with the retreat it is an event that happens each fall as we begin a […]

Bound to be Broken, Bound to Love

September 10, 2017
Romans 13:8-12; Matthew 18:15-20

Here we are, two or three gathered in the Name (the name so holy that in the Jewish tradition it dare not be spoken.) We gather in the Name – of hospitality and love and peace. The Holy One promises to be here among us. Thank goodness. Thank God because there are too many places […]