What Gift Shall I Bring? On this Christmas morning, when we are usually at home around the Christmas tree opening gifts, we ponder what gifts we have received in life that didn’t come wrapped in glittering paper and tied up in a bow. As congregants share their own “gifts” received quietly, patiently over […]
Inviting Outsiders to the Table As we listen to the Christmas story we realize that God gives good news first to the outsiders. Shepherds (literally outside) are approached by angelic visitors and told to go see what has happened. Mary and Joseph welcome them to the birthing suite (outside the home, with the animals). Magi, astrologers […]
This sermon begins a 5-week series on the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. Jesus exemplified and called us to a life of Radical Hospitality. How might we welcome others as God has radically welcomed us, no exceptions?