Sunday, August 28, 2016

Perfectly One

Image license: CC0. Text: John 17:23

John 17:10–24 • Jesus prays

The last time Jesus was together with his disciples, the conversation ends with a prayer. We hear the words of Jesus’ prayer and we hear the passion. Jesus is ready to leave his disciples—but he will never leave them. They might scatter, yet they will always be one: completely one, perfectly one. And it is in their unity that the world discerns the present of the Sacred, and comes to know the One who has sent him. It is by their discernment that we are able, these centuries later, to discern the Spirit moving in our midst, in our time, and in our world.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Good Wine

Image license: CC0. Text: John 2:10

John 2:1–11 • Wedding at Cana

"The best is yet to come." Perhaps this is the true expression of hope. At the wedding banquet, Jesus tells his mother, "my time has not come." Yet, the wine was replenished, replacing the water for ritual purification. And not just more wine, but the best. "You have kept the good wine until now!" A miraculous moment of intoxicating Spirit after which we are never the same again.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

God give us strength

Image taken by Karen Bridges with words from Keri Wehlander 

 Habakkuk 1: 1-11 Why does God allow this to happen?
Habakkuk 3: 1-19 Habakkuk's prayer

 The prophet Habakkuk lived in troubled times. Like many of us today Habakkuk witnessed violence, conflict, suffering and injustice. Habakkuk had two questions for God: Why does God allow these things to happen, and how is this justice? The book of Habakkuk is a dialogue between God and humanity. Habakkuk argues with God and tries to understand God's actions which seem meaningless and mysterious. God's reply is transformative. How will we be transformed when we ask God these questions? listen view

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Integrity Under Pressure

Image by Marcus Obal via Wikimedia Commons. Text added. Source 

Daniel 3: 1-30 The fiery furnace

Like Daniel's three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we live in a time where the recognition of God's presence and power are not acknowledged, nor revered. The three friends are faced with uncertain death, but even in the midst of this crisis, they find courage to not be conformed by the world around them, and instead they stay true to what they believe and find the courage to face the fiery furnace. Where do we find courage to speak the truth, to do what is right, and to stand strong in the face of danger? listen view