Sunday, March 18, 2018

Will anger open you up or close you down?

Lent 5 John 19: 1-16a One of the most challenging aspects of grief is the anger that arises. Where are you God? How can people be so mean? Why are our structures so unfair? The crowds turned on Jesus to express their anger against injustice. Jesus turned to the Psalms. On who do we throw our anger? How else could we express and transform its energy into change and healing? listen view

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Awaken from your shock in time!

Lent Four
John 18: 28-40

 Today we continue to ponder the grief and suffering that are central parts of Jesus’ ministry, his disciples’ lives and our lives as his followers. Grief often begins with numbness and shock. They can be either gifts or thieves. Why do we need time in shock? How do we return ourselves to awareness and awaken again to Jesus’ call to serve others and care for ourselves?
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Will You Claim Who You Are?

Taken by Rev. Karen Bridges
    • John 18: 12-27 The trial for Jesus
    Denial and bargaining are defense mechanisms that help us to deal with our feelings of shock, fear, loss, helplessness and vulnerability. Every human will react differently in a crisis situation. For Peter, a disciple of Jesus, he is not ready to deal with the fact that Jesus has chosen to die, and so he denies his own identity, denies knowing the person he loves. Jesus on the other hand is open and honest about who he is, and instead acts as judge at his own trial. As followers of Jesus, where will we find strength and courage in times of uncertainty?
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Rites and Ritual

Lent 1

John 11: 1-44  Jesus Weeps

    Anthropologists ponder when in the social development of the human being did we become truly “human” – different from other mammals. Many point to the early rituals and rites of passage humans used to mark our journey in relationship to age, community, birth and death. One thing that unites humans is the universal seeking for meaning and safety. Rituals and rites of passage help us transition from child to adult to elder, from dependent to independent and from life to life after death. We will be exploring today how we see these in Jesus’ life, especially as he began his journey towards death.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Truth Shall Set You Free!

    John 9:1-41 A man born blind receives sight

    They say that seeing is believing, yet for many of us, we have never seen Jesus, or God and still believe. As we hear the story of Jesus healing the blind man, we need to resist the urge to base our faith on miracles seen. We don’t need to SEE Jesus to have a relationship with Jesus. When we trust in God, we can be open and honest. When we tell the truth we are no longer blinded and can see each other and the world as God does. Come and see, as if for the first time!
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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Picture taken by Rev. Karen Bridges in Sept 2017 Botswana
  • John 3: 1-21 Nicodemus Visits Jesus
Sometimes it is just as important to recognize that which is not said as well as that which is said. Sometimes it is hard to accept our failures and frailties, the truth is that God knows them already, and God is still with us, still listening to us, still walking with us, and still loving us. Sometimes we don’t immediately recognize truth spoken, but through discernment we come to a deeper understanding. What truths will be revealed to you?
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

What are you hiding from?

Nicodemus is a leader, he is spiritually open and curious and at the same time very rational. Nicodemus is not ready to come out of the proverbial closet, he is not ready to declare his faith in public, nor is he ready to let it transform his life. What secret questions, doubts and wondering hold you back from being honest about what you believe and who you are?

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