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Posts from May 2021

Sunday to Monday | 3 in 1 God

Worship this Memorial Day weekend was focused on the Trinity, our three in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God refers to God’s self as “us” in Isaiah 6:8; God adopts us into the family in Romans 8:12-17; and Jesus talks of coming from God’s presence and how we are born from above through…

Three and ONE

Tomorrow is Trinity Sunday on the church calendar. Trinity Sunday is the only Sunday when we consider “doctrine” in worship. The ancient idea of the one God in three came out of early Christian reflection on scripture and their experience with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. They realized that somehow, encountering Jesus was encountering God…

Only the Christ

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.  With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.  Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”  Ephesians 4 V 1-3 God accepts us warts and all.  Life experience has…

Leaving it to God

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In “On Being a Christian”  by Hans Kung, the German theologian’s portrait of the real Jesus, Kung states:                                  “The church of Jesus Christ is a home not only for the morally upright                                    but for the moral failures and for those who for a variety of reasons have                                   not…

Later Tater

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you;  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  — Isaiah 41:10 NIV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you…

Sunday to Monday | Holy Spirit Fire

We celebrated Pentecost Sunday – the coming of the Holy Spirit. (See Acts 2:1-4) and Pastor Dave shared the gifts of our friend, the Holy Spirit. (See John 15:26-27 and 16:4b-15) The Oscar winning documentary, “The Octopus Teacher informed some of his message. If you missed being with us watch here. See photos here. We…

Questions

I’ve loved poetry since I was a young girl. One time I wrote a poem in the 5th grade and recited it in front of an evening parents’ meeting.  I don’t still have that poem, but it was about snowflakes. Poets help us think in new ways. Poems invite us to see new things. Poetry…

Blocking the Moon?

Mary Flannery O’Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was an American novelist, short story writer and essayist. She wrote two novels and thirty-two short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries. Her writing reflected her Roman Catholic faith and frequently examined questions of morality and ethics. Her posthumously compiled Complete Stories won the 1972 U.S. National Book Award…

Foolish Wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher…

One Step Beyond

Dear Brothers and Sisters , Acts 2:1-21 talks of the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit descends, disrupting our accustomed patterns and configurations, thrusting us into some wildly new and uncharted territory. We are drunk with new possibilities of life in a world where God is active, and the Holy Spirit empowers and…