Light in the Darkness

I was about 10 years old when psychic Jean Dixon predicted the exact date of the end of the world. Somehow in those days before the internet and social media the news of this impending doom raced through our fifth grade classroom, both exciting and terrifying us. ...

Who Will We Serve?

    “Choose this day whom you will serve.”     It is a defining moment for the people of Israel. Slavery is behind them, the long years in the wilderness are over, they have at last arrived in that land that God promised to their ancestors...

Keeping the Memory Alive

    Today is All Saints’ Day, one of the major feast days of the Church, and one of my favorite Sundays of the year. This first day in November is the time that we remember the saints of the church – all of them, those who are important and have their own day on the...

Love God, Vote

    Today’s gospel reading is one of a string of stories in Matthew where the religious authorities are questioning Jesus, trying to trap him into saying something wrong or heretical.     Today it’s the turn of a religious leader who is also...

An Oasis in the Wilderness

    Wow. I could stand here and look at your beautiful masked faces all day.      Even though all I can see are eyes and foreheads, I can see your joy in being back together again. And I hope those of you who are watching online also feel a sense...

Our Changing God

What a difference a week makes! Last Sunday we heard one of the most important stories of the people of Israel, God giving them the Ten Commandments. The commandments are not just a list of rules; they are a covenant between God and God’s chosen people. As God says to...

Words in the Wilderness

This year as we have made our way through the strange time of a global pandemic many of our Old Testament readings have come from the Book of Exodus.      Both have been interesting, and often parallel, journeys.     We’ve heard God...

All the Way Down

This may be an apocryphal story, but it still rings true. The great philosopher Alfred North Whitehead had just finished his opening lecture in a course on cosmology, the study of the universe, when an agitated student came up to him. “I’m sorry, professor, but...

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