Sep 22 2014

Simply Sherri: God’s Great Creation

I read somewhere that 7:29 this evening is the official start of Fall.  Fall is a beautiful time of the year.  The leaves are changing and the temperatures are cooling.  We start bringing out jackets and sweaters.  It’s a time of change in natu…

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Sep 22 2014

The Painted Prayerbook: Blessing That Becomes Empty

Image: In the Emptying © Jan Richardson Reading from the Epistles, Year A, Proper 21/Ordinary 26/Pentecost +16: Philippians 2.1-13 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself. – […]

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Sep 22 2014

A Pastor's Thoughts: A Blessing September 22

May the blessing of light be on you – light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it. And may … Continue reading

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Sep 22 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Sung Repentance

Repentance in the style of Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens.  What’s your style?  Mine usually takes the form of a mental rundown of the most recent examples of my finitude.  Lately that’s meant a confession that I don’t have God’s …

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Sep 22 2014

Enter the Rainbow: The Altar of Struggle

Arguably the most notorious altar Abraham built was the one upon which he nearly sacrificed his son Isaac. To tell you the truth, I’d rather this altar was omitted from Scripture altogether. The story sure would be a lot easier to read.

But it’s in there. And since it’s in there, we’d best give it a go. I mean, it may be a struggle – but just because something involves struggle doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do it, right? Especially if that “something” is our reading of God’s Holy Word.

In fact, the struggle itself can be an altar. Struggle can be sacred space. Often times our struggles are the moments in which God is most fully present with us, strengthening us, guiding us, helping us get through one moment at a time.

Frederick Douglass said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Indeed if everything comes easily to us, we tend to become complacent, lethargic, and apathetic. We expect to grow without doing the work that leads to growth.

I’m sure that Abraham struggled as he walked with Isaac to the place that infamous altar would be built; he would not have been human if he had not. And in that struggle, he grew even closer to God.

I’m sure that you have struggled in your walk of faith; I assure you that I have. And in that struggle, we grow closer to God, and closer to becoming the people God wants us to be.

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Sep 22 2014

Mitchell Lewis: Worship is Prayer

When does prayer occur during Christian worship? In my view, the entire worship service is prayer offered to God. There are obviously one or more “prayers” (plural) that take place during a worship service – an invocation, perhaps, or a pastoral prayer – but the congregation’s praying is not confined to segments that begin with […]

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