Sunday, May 29, 2016

Entertaining Angels

Art work and calligraphy
by Laura Foster
Text: Celtic rune

Hebrews 12:28–13:8 • Service well-pleasing to God

Imagine being a stranger -- and being welcomed. Others, opening their hearts to us. Affirming the gifts we have to offer. Then imagine "paying it forward" -- affirming the strangers' gifts, thus making the world more gracious for all of us. Then pray for open hearts everywhere -- open to the gift of the inner beauty of every soul. Open to the blessing, beyond measure.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mirror of the Soul

Artwork and calligraphy
by Laura Foster
Text: Psalm 19:1

Matthew 6:25–30 • Do not be anxious

Walk out your door. Walk the garden. Walk the forest. Walk the hills. Look—look deeply, and see—truly see. The Sacred all around you—numinous. Beyond the conceptual to pure experience—ineffable. Expansive: inviting the Soul to embrace the whole Creation—and in that embrace, to behold itself, in the Great Mirror of the Soul.

Celtic Spirituality Series, Part 1
Bibliography on Celtic Spirituality

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

For the Common Good

Acts 2:1-4 The Holy Spirit descends on the people
1 Corinthians 12:1-13 Variety of gifts by the same Spirit

Paul continues to confront the variety of dissentions in the broader community life. He longs to counteract self-centeredness and teaches the people of Corinth that each person has been given gifts from God which are to be used for the common good. Each person is no greater and no less than the other. No one person's needs or wants are more or less important than another's. These gifts have not been given to us to yield power or control over others. These gifts are intended for public use, to be shared so that all aspects of life are cared for, fulfilled and fully realized. How will we realize our full potential as a church?
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Called to Action

1 Corinthians 15:1-26 . Paul proclaims the resurrection of Christ

 Paul's writings today "call us all to action and to a new way of living in the present age, rooted in a hope for the age to come," as Jerry Irish, a theologian writes. The message in the scriptures today challenge us to look at death and resurrection of bodies not literally, but rather as spiritual bodies radically transformed. How will Paul's letters to the Corinthians and his teaching about unconditional love transform each one of us and the church as a whole?
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fully Known

Image by Francisco Antunes. Abstract Reflections. Text added: 1 Corinthians 13.12. via Wikimedia Commons Source

1 Corinthians 13:1–13 • Faith, Hope, and Love

There are limits to the study of human nature, because we cannot quantify or prove Faith, Hope, or Love. Nor will there ever be a reproduction of them by artificial intelligence. The essence of human nature includes, above all else, agape ("charity"), the self-giving love by which even human nature transcends itself. It is in relationship with the Sacred that we are fully known.

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