Lent II, 2019
Lent II, 2019
Lent I 2019
I sure would love to win the lottery. Oh, what I could do with a great big winning pot. Pay off the kid’s education, give to the church so we could close the struggle we have every year and invest in an education director, oh the things I could do…
At the end of last week’s gospel message, Jesus seemed to be on the verge of a social revolution. He said blessed are you who are poor, hungry, suffering and despised and woe to you who are rich, fat, happy and popular.
Read Luke 6:17-19
What is a long day like for you? Is part of the day spent asking yourself if you’ll have enough? Will you make enough to cover your family’s needs?
OK, more wedding talk. How can I not with this text?
Second Sunday after Epiphany 2019
Baptism of the Lord, 2019
Advent IV, 2018
Advent III, 2018
Advent II, 2018
Advent I, 2018
Reign of Christ
OK, Confession time. Who is a worrywart? I’m a worrywart. That’s right, I fret over stuff, lots of stuff. Ask me about the church budget. OK, don’t ask me…
Commitment Sunday 2018
Congratulations to Linn Coghill and Tom Vaughn for completing the half marathon yesterday. I don’t know about Tom, but I do know Linn ran a personal best!
So, how to cover all that is going on: Liam’s Baptism, Stewardship, the election, Pittsburgh, vandalism? We start with a story:
Reformation Sunday 2018
How many have heard a joke about how we Presbyterians practice baptism? Sprinkling, dry-cleaning, finger-dipping, you name it, it’s out there. Of course most of these come from folks with a tradition that does not baptize children and only baptizes by immersion.
Have you ever tried to get ready for a trip, only to be interrupted over and over? It is frustrating as a deadline approaches and some pressing need or another grabs your attention. It always seems there are about a hundred things to do when we are about to leave.
World Communion 2018
Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist, some say Elijah, still others, one of the prophets.”
Jesus asks them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Wow! Now here’s a food story to grab your attention. Jesus checks out of the crowd and the hectic pace of “healer-of-the-moment” celebrity and has the most politically incorrect encounter of his ministry. A poor woman pleads for help for her daughter and he calls her a dog. What is going on here?
Wow! What a day. A baptism, a new family, new officers to be ordained and installed. It is a full liturgy day. It seems the only thing missing is communion. So let’s talk about that.
An old Zen parable:
Camp Cuyamaca is owned by San Diego Schools. Every spring, sixth graders would descend on the camp for a full week. Sixth grade camp was a rite of passage for a generation of school children. Since 1946 over a million students have taken part in that adventure.
Legend has it that when he emerged from Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a woman, “What kind of government are you giving us?” “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.”
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost