A Glimpse of Holy

These past four weeks, the weeks of Advent, our worship has been focused on the 300th anniversary of Joy to the World. But we hadn’t sung it until tonight! For those of you who worship with us regularly, did the waiting for it make it extra special? Advent is a special time… four weeks of…

Choices

How many of you have seen this image this past week? A California church is displaying a nativity scene that depicts Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as refugees in cages. Claremont United Methodist Church converted the traditional nativity scene into the Holy Family being separated at the border and in cages. They have received a both…

Walking In God’s Path

I went to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood last week, the movie about Mr. Rogers life. It’s a beautiful story about a beautiful human being, I remember watching it Mr. Rogers with my son. I don’t think I realized how much we must have watched it until the closing song, which I knew…

Surely Joy Is In This Place, Help Us Notice!

The title of my reflection is an adaptation of the theme of General Council this summer, which was “Surely God is In This Place, Help Me Notice!” But since we are focusing on joy this week, I changed it… I also changed the ‘Help Me Notice’ to ‘Help Us Notice.’ Because we are a community…

Wisdom, Encouragement and Joy

Wisdom, Encouragement and Joy. Rev. Jim Sinclair, former General Secretary of the United Church of Canada, used those words when we spoke of Stew a week or so before his death. Stew, who did his best to keep up with the latest technology, would have been tickled to know that Jim contacted me after he…

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…

Courage for Resurrection

The seeds of my reflection this morning were sown by an article entitled An Upside Down Easter Meditation by Parker Palmer. You can find it here. I attended the funeral of a young woman Thursday afternoon, a good friend of my daughter-in-law and my oldest granddaughter’s godmother. Beth was 39 when she died… she had had breast…