Do We Want to Be Close to Jesus?  

Alan Alda, the United Church’s Statement on Ministry, sales training, photosynthesis, responses from people on the question: why I come to church, the reading from Mark… let’s see if they all hang together by the time I am finished. I asked people to share why they come to church and a number of you responded.…

Preaching, Teaching, Healing

I came in from the back with a shawl draped around me. I was so excited when I heard that my son Jesus was coming home for a visit. I had missed him since he started traveling around the countryside. His brothers and sisters were excited as well… after all, they hadn’t travelled much further…

Whose Voice Do We Listen To?

What sounds in the natural world capture our attention? The peepers in spring? Waves, murmuring or roaring? Children let out of school? What music/news/podcasts do we listen to? Does the music of your teen years instantly bring you back to a dance in a gym? What makes us pay attention? What captures our interest? What…

The Time Has Come

The time has come… for all the students who walked out of school to protest easy access to guns…The time has come that Stephen Hawking is once again stardust… The time has come…. winter is loosening its hold on the earth. Some very hardy gardeners are outside again, helping to prepare the way for the…

Go Towards the Light!

Sometimes I wonder how I ever wrote a sermon without Google. I have often wondered why people at football games held up signs that said John 3:16. Then I suddenly realized, “Google probably knows!” And sure enough, this is what I found out on Wikipedia: It started with a man by the name of Rollen Stewart,…

And Joseph Said Yes!

Last week we heard about Mary and her encounter with the angel Gabriel, and her saying yes to God. This week we hear about Joseph having a similar experience and saying yes to God. When have you said yes to God? Some people, no matter what is offered, their initial response is no. Are you…

And Mary Said Yes!

Well, good morning everyone. My, what a fine gathering! Do you recognize me without my blue shawl? You know me as Mary, although I was more commonly called by my Jewish name, Miriam. And this is the kind of thing I wore most days, not the blue of royalty, although I am honored that I…

How Do We Live Hope?

  Serving… walking… performed… casting… burned… prayed… realized… going… filled… turn… follow… prepare… telling… wondered… came out… making signs… give… went back… avoided… have lived… go out… gave birth… shared… able… shouted… spread… wondered… became… restored… sang. Anyone have an idea of what all those words had in common? They are all verbs! Action words!…