Sunday, March 30, 2014

Holy amnesia can lead to new life.

  • Isaiah 65:17-25 The Glorious New Creation
  • Psalm 146 Praise for God's Help
  • Matthew 9: 9-17 The call of Matthew


Mending and restoring the world isn't enough sometimes. Sometimes we need to start fresh, start with a new canvas. Isaiah shares the vision that God is creating a new heaven and earth, one where the land that God gives us is for all people. It is a world where the predator and prey eat together. It is a world where disciples and tax collectors and sinners eat together. Isaiah tells us that we are not to remember former things, and that sometimes it is best to forget in order for something new to emerge. As it says in the Gospel, you shouldn't put new wine in old wineskins for the skins may burst and the wine would spill. How will our journey through lent lead us to something new?

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

From brokenness to restoration

  • Micah 7:11-17 A prophecy of restoration
  • Psalm 107: 23-38 Thanksgiving for deliverance from trouble
  • Matthew 6:25-33 Do Not Worry
 
We proclaim in our statement of faith that we are called to live with respect in creation. Nature is beauty, peace, tranquility and nature is destructive, stormy, and powerful. Water has the power to soothe, and the power to destroy. Humans have the capacity to degrade, erode, and hate and with God in our lives, humans can love, be compassionate, and generous. In this season of lent how might our connection with the environment move us from brokenness to restoration and reconciliation?
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wisdom Healing Creation

Scripture:



  • Psalm 29 Voice of God in a great storm
  • Matthew 6:25-30 Lilies of the field

Sermon:

Wisdom Healing Creation
In the wounding of a generation of aboriginal children, the fabric of our nation is torn. So the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission is the beginning of healing for the people and the land that is our home. Jesus is a healer, and calls the church to be about the Mending of the World.
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sacred Grove

Scripture:

  • Psalm 92 The righteous flourish
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 There is a time for everything
  • Sirach 24:8-17 Wisdom planted by the Creator



Sermon:

Sacred Grove
We are inspired by special places in nature, and native and celtic spirituality recognize sacred places: locations where the "veil is especially thin". We need contact with nature (walking, gardening, camping, hiking, etc.) as an essential part of our spiritual well-being.
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Are you ready for a miracle?

  • Mark 9:2-9 The Transfiguration
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 The Gift of Love

Did you know that the English word miracle comes from the Latin words miro ("to Wonder") and Mirus ("wonderful"). It's the same root from which we get the word mirror. Towards the end of the Corinthians reading it says, "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then we will see face to face." When we, Robertson-Wesley look into the mirror, what do we see? What makes us real? What makes us authentic? How do we become visible in a time when people never look up or around? Do we need a facelift or do we need to let our light shine out? What miracle are we preparing for?
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