From Persecutor to Progenitor

Our catholic brothers and sisters label Paul as a saint. We ALL get why that is so. But as Presbyterians we believe that no one is good enough. In the words of Jerry Herships, we are all a hot mess. Paul would be the first to tell you that he was too. That being said, the Holy Spirit called him and claimed him, even with and in his brokenness to give birth to churches all over Asia Minor and Europe. How might we be that light in the darkness of so many? Or maybe better, how can we rekindle a flame that seems to be only flickering in so many.

Reading Acts 9:1-20

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On Making Room for Miracles

Matthew is the only gospel writer who records that something significant registered on the Richter Scale the morning of the resurrection. But this earthquake was not like the one that Japan is still reeling from 5 years ago. THIS one communicates that even the natural world can’t help but to say: Jesus ALIVE makes a difference! So the question for those gathered today becomes: What difference does Jesus alive make in us…for us? Where do we see the seismic activity of God boiling up in our lives and community and want to give thanks? Where do we WANT God to shake things up…where do we need him to make a difference…but most importantly where can we make room for miracles!

Reading: Matthew 18.1-10

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On Listening to Him

There’s a reason it’s called the transfiguration. The razzle dazzle is certainly part of it…and then comes this imperative: “Listen to him.” That voice from the cloud knew something we don’t, namely that something in us needs transfigured too.

Luke 9:28-36

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What Love is NOT

While folks love this passage to be read at weddings it is not a passage about that kind of love…as good as it is! Paul was writing to a conflicted church and is holding up a Christian love that is not sentimentalized or romantic…and he says here in 1 Corinthians 13 that this love is like the love OF Christ…love embodied in his life…love that is not envious, boastful, proud, self-seeking…

Reading: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-14:1

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Timing is Everything!

It seems that in this story of water become wine, the timing of things is all wrong. (In that day and time, running out of wine at a wedding was not just a minor mistake, it was disastrous.) Mary knew that the time HAD come…for the first of ‘seven miracles.’ What does her sense of timing, and Jesus yielding to it say about the time in (and of) our lives?

John 2.1-11

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The Big Deal About Baptism

Synopsis – Someone has said that when the lectionary leaves out a few verses in between the ones it lists, those are the most important verses. So what do we learn in the verses left out? We learn that John is in prison, which begs the question: Who baptized Jesus? In Luke’s version the Holy Spirit does. Baptism then is essentially God’s work, through which Jesus (and we) are named…and claimed.

Readings – Luke 3: 15-18, 21-22

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Did We Miss Him?

Synopsis – The text says that Jesus came to the very earth he created and yet he was not recognized. In these last weeks, that began before Thanksgiving, Jesus has been seen by lots of folks, even those who were not necessarily looking for him… but did we recognize him? Did we receive him? Did we take his incarnation into our time and space seriously enough to realize that he changes everything? Everything!”
Probably not. What might things look like if we did?

Reading – John 1.1-18

 

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Seeing in a New Light

Jesus said he came to the be the light of the world.  He also says WE are light…what does all this light business mean…especially in the midst of so much darkness.

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3rd Advent “As Long as There’s Herod…”

King Herod vs columbine,Jeffrey Weiss Red lake Minnesota, New Town Connecticut…

 

Readings: Matthew 2:1-15

 

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We used to teach our kids: NEVER USE THE WORD HATE. They used it anyway…I just know they did. So did I…(I know but that’s another sermon!) And I need to use it now: I HATE KING HEROD…for what he did…the slaughter of so many innocent children…and the slaughter continues. Herod’s progeny continue to run rampant…and tears of mother still fall.

As long as there are Herods there will be the need for prayer and compassion. This morning we will share in a special time or remembrance…

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2nd Advent “Impossible Possibilities”

It’s scientifically impossible. It can’t happen to me. Or can it?

Readings: Luke 1.5-55    (yes probably all of it…)

Synopsis: If we are really honest with ourselves we spend most of our time on one side or the other of despair. As Brain McLaren puts it: “Our promising hopes miscarry.” The pregnancy stories that involve Elizabeth and Mary addresses this by suggesting that the seemingly impossible (which turns into despair) becomes possible. In those moments of doubt and despair I wonder how things might change is we said with Mary: “Let it be to me according to will.” We might find ourselves in the midst of a marvelous adventure!

 

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