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Sunday
Jan242010

Proclaiming Our Mission

On Wednesday of this week I got to put on my parent hat in the afternoon and go over to Shorewood High School to listen to our kid’s senior culminating exhibitions as well as some of their peers. These exhibitions included highlights of their four years in high school and extra-curricular activities, and how these have influenced their next steps after graduation. Along with our own two teens I heard how science and history projects, reflection papers, athletics, jobs outside of school, near failures and happy successes, relationships with teachers and mentors, summer camps and the death of a parent - all molded and shaped the hearts, minds and futures of these wonderful people

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Sunday
Jan172010

Water Into Wine

The Gospel of John 2 and Isaiah 62, the assigned scripture readings for today are celebratory in their nature. We are given images of great abundance, unity and rejoicing. Weddings, brides and bridegrooms and ultimately, an abundance of wine are meant to be symbolic of the bigger picture of God’s relationship with humanity. We are in relationship with one another – and when that relationship is at its best, there is an abundance of possibility, healing and joy. These are lovely scriptures to follow the one from last week of Jesus’ baptism and the reaffirmation of our own. Last week the word was “beloved” by God – this week we hear that we are God’s delight and that God rejoices over us! The story from the Gospel of John is a fun one to work with. It is found only in this Gospel, a Gospel whose writer loved metaphor and symbol. The writer includes a story such as this one as an affirmation – a sign of how God is working through Jesus, with the sole purpose of bringing people to believe in him as Emmanuel, God with us.

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Sunday
Jan102010

Keeping Connected

The baptism of Jesus in the waters of the Jordan is no minor occurrence in the ongoing story of God’s activity in creation. It is joined to many other stories in the Bible about God and water – the parting of the waters of creation, Noah and the flood, the parting of water for Israel to cross over, etc. Water is central to scripture, as central to scripture as it is to our bodies.

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Sunday
Jan032010

Who is the King?

Today’s Gospel text, the Epiphany text, is about the magi, also known as the wise men, also known as the three kings of orient according to the popular hymn. Now before I get started, let’s see if we have the story right: Three magi/wise men/ kings of orient one day see a star and decide to follow it, believing it to be some sort of divine sign. So the three load up their camels and begin a journey. As they get closer, they stop in to check with the local ruler about a child who has been born king. Now the local ruler, also known as King Herod, as we can imagine, was threatened by the tale of a child king. After all, a child king was a threat to Herod’s own kingship. Nonetheless, Herod pointed the magi/wise men/kings of orient toward Bethlehem. Their journey continues, the star leading the way, their excitement builds. They prepare their fine gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (whatever those are). The star stops over a stable in Bethlehem, and they enter and kneel before the King baby Jesus, along with the shepherds and the animals, and a heavenly host of angels hovering above. That’s about it, right? Well… sort of.

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Sunday
Dec202009

Here God Finds Me

This morning I want to spend a brief time simply enjoying the story of Mary and Elizabeth and what it might have to say to us in the living out of our days. I am relying on the writings of author Mary Redding who wrote a lovely book for the season of Advent called “While We Wait”, published in 2002. To begin – Let us consider Elizabeth, aunt to Mary, wife to the priest Zechariah, and mother to John the Baptist. According to the story she and her husband had waited a very, very long time for a child and by now had given up hope, but alas, miracle of miracles – she becomes pregnant with John. An older woman – what would that mean in those days, in her twenties perhaps? Elizabeth is six months along when the angel comes to visit young Mary. Now she is young – scholars suspect she is about 13 when she learns that she is pregnant with Jesus.

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