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 […]
In this tough text from the Gospel of Mark (10:2-16), Jesus challenges us as he answers questions about Jewish divorce law. Given all the attention paid to Pope Francis’ visit to the US for the World Meeting of Families 2015, this is a timely text as we consider God’ original intent for human flourishing within healthy, intimate and loving relationships.
This week begins a series of sermons drawn from advice given in the letters of Paul to Christians trying to live in life-affirming communities. Beginning with a phrase from 2 Corinthians 4: “We do not lose heart…”
On Trinity Sunday we celebrate the awe-inspiring majesty of God. Pastor Kris’ message explores the relationship between our receptivity to awe and our responses of altruism and courageous discipleship.