Typical humans are afraid most of the time. We will use violence to protect what we have against foes, real or imaginary. We don't trust that God is at work in our lives. We don't trust each other for help
We pledge our allegiances to many things. Our country, the reign of our God here on Earth, to justice, love, mercy. We show our allegiances. Where do we get them? How do we justify them?
Marsha sat down to write this sermon with a heavy heart. She felt weighed down by recent events, both local and national. How to explain this? Is there any explanation?
Jesus invited three of the disciples, Peter, James and John to join him at the top of Mount Tabor. What happened next was their experience of a terrifying lucidity, and proof positive of Jesus' true nature.
If we can find the courage, Jesus shows us a constructive path marked by nonviolence, patience, and forbearance. And Jesus has sent us the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth—into the graceful solutions that we might miss if we’re not looking out for them.
On the surface, the parable of the sower is one of the easiest to understand. God sows the seeds of his love. Some seeds fall on hard ground and cannot sprout, some sprout but are then choked by weeds, some fall on fertile soil and produce abundantly. It's a wonderful metaphor for our Christian journey, but that's just the surface...
Jesus invites us to exchange many burdens
Jesus calls us to do things that make no sense, that work against all reason. And, even more strangely, we won't erase the suffering or solve the problems.
On Trinity Sunday we are confronted with so much that is strange and difficult to absorb that the tendency is to just smile and nod knowingly.
Reverend Vollkommer dissects a couple of concepts that have been used to sow dissent, punish, inspire, and establish entire religions.
On this day of baptisms and recalling the dramatic events of Pentecost, Father Jonathan reminds us that these are the last days. He gives some extreme examples of people who were filled with the Holy Spirit who is always calling us to love one God, love all children of God, all nationalities, all religions, all people.
Father Jonathan pierces through the conventional, glib story of the ascension:
Father Jonathan unpacks the "old time religion" view that being "saved" is simply a matter of reciting the approved words, making a deal with God and knowing that you will go to Heaven. And further, that this is the only way to avoid burning in the eternal lake of fire.
Maybe... some days you’re the shepherd, and some days you’re the sheep.
After Jesus is executed all the disciple's hopes are dashed. Until one evening... when a stranger who they have let into their midst sits down at the supper table to eat with them.
Marsha takes us through the story of Thomas, the only apostle who hadn't seen Jesus when he first appeared after the resurrection.
Maundy Thursday - Rev Josh Hosler.
Easter Sunday - Rev Jonathan Weldon
A meditation from St. Paul's Choir. A video snippet.
The dry bones story is powerful, but what does this have to do with us? Today? Here? The world seems to be spinning apart. Politics has become vile and nasty. Religion is hardening, our societies are caught up in greed, hubris, evil. We just want God to FIX IT!
At first it sounds like a good thing, being anointed, but when it comes to being anointed by Jesus, it gets messy.
The Tempter, who sows seeds of envy and rivalry by saying: "God isn't really as 'good' as God let's on...God's holding something back from you...just eat from this tree.... you'll see."