Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Song in Every Silence

Scripture:

  • Isaiah 65:17-25
    The glorious new creation
  • John 20:1-18
    The resurrection of Jesus

Sermon:

A Song in Every Silence
Looking into the eyes of the Risen Christ, we behold Life more deeply and profoundly than ever before: not something apart from death, but the transformation of death. Then, with new senses, we see the Spring at the heart of Winter; we hear a song from the centre of every silence; we feel the life that rises from the midst of every death. And we rejoice!
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Open the window and walk the road with Christ

Luke 19: 28-40 Jesus enters Jerusalem to cheering crowds.
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 The stone that the builders rejected.
Isaiah 50:4-9a They struck my back and plucked my beard.

It's time to make a choice. On Palm Sunday, as we join in the procession that Jesus leads us on into Jerusalem, we will explore the true meaning of "Servanthood." What will we experience in this choice? Where is God leading the procession today? It is time to stop reflecting out the window and with one last look in the mirror it is time to step out into the world prepared and willing to walk with the suffering, to reach out with a word of comfort, and to live out the hope that we find in our faith. Palm Sunday is a time of great rejoicing and a time to open our hearts with compassion and honest so that truth can be found and good news of Jesus Christ the bearer of peace can be shared.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Shoot Springs Forth

Scripture:
  • Isaiah 43:16-21 Behold, I am doing a new thing
  • John 12:1-8 Mary Annoints Jesus

Sermon:

A Shoot Springs Forth
I have always liked this verse, especially as a young radical wanting change. Then I learned about Living Tradition: moving into the future in continuity with the past. Now, I think we are challenged to watch for, and to be open to, something that is faithful only in that it is God who acts, regardless of how much or how little it resembles the past.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Evolution of Mercy

Scripture:

  • Psalm 32:1-11 Blessed are the forgiven
  • Luke 15:1-7 Parable of the lost sheep
  • Luke 15:11-32 Parable of the prodigal and his brother

Sermon:

Evolution of Mercy
The evolution from grace as pardon for wrong doing to the more relational picture of the loving father rushing out to welcome his son home goes on throughout the history of Christianity -- and indeed throughout the larger history of humanity -- as well as within the pages of the bible. Brock documents the deliberate reintroduction of legalism by the Papacy of the 8thc and the challenge today of building a spirituality of mercy. It is the foundation of Affirming, which is so contradictory to the ethos of exclusion which is so intrinsic to most religions. The prodigal's confession is not primarily about breaking rules, but about getting lost, losing his soul, and breaking relationships. The grace he needs is reconciliation, redemption.
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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Where do we stand?

Isaiah 55:1-9 Come, buy wine and milk without money!
Psalm 63: 1-8 I long for you, O God.
1 Corinthians 10:1-13 God will not let you be tested beyond your strength.
Luke 13:1-9 The parable of the barren fig tree.

A voice cries out, my soul thirsts for you, my soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, my soul clings to you. Today's scriptures acknowledge our craving for satisfaction, for peace, for security, for love. God has made a covenant with us and asks only that we come and listen and our soul will live. We are reminded that God will not let us be tested beyond our strength, and that God will provide us with way to endure what it is we face. So where do we stand in the midst of our thirsting? What does the future hold? How will we share in the mission of the future?

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