Sunday Reflections

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, January 5, 2020

This reading was done responsively with the leader reading the questioning, and the community responding with the verses from John 1.

John 1:1-10; 14

In the very, very beginning - it really seems that we don’t know what was. Nothing had gone bang. And we can’t tell what was happening before that. Really, even in science, it is only what happened at the bang and beyond that really matters. At the »» marks, the slides were advanced to cue the community in their reading.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, December 15, 2019

This Sunday of Advent is designated as:

Once again, though, the reading from the Hebrew scriptures throws us back to the terrible time of the exile in Babylon.
The people were 900km from home.

That was taking the direct route.
Straight through scorching wilderness.
Risking days of no water.
The silent threat of dehydration and heat exhaustion.
Days, weeks of possible attack by wild animals

900 km from home.

A month of walking - with no certainty of where the next source of water might be, because there was no road.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Mary and Martha.

This story of Jesus visiting with the two of them has gotten a lot of attention.

We are drawn to look at Mary, as she sits and listens to the teacher, to Jesus.

It is an important image in several ways.
First is the way contained in the phrase I just used:
“As she sits and listens to the teacher, to Jesus.”
Quite shocking for the time:
“She listened” - in that time, it was the men who were expected to listen to the teachers. And teachers were expected to spend time with the men.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Transfiguration Sunday
Every year it comes around - just like Christmas and Easter.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, February 17, 2019
(We are going to journey - mind and soul as we consider the words of Jeremiah.  Place both of your feet upon the floor, and breathe gently in and out, relaxed.
Close your eyes if you wish)
The words of Jeremiah:
Those who do not know God
are like a shrub in the wilderness.
Let us look at the wilderness as Jeremiah would have known it.
Let us walk into the wilderness for a time - 

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, January 6, 2019
Aha!  You belong here!
Scott Hoezee, writing for the Centre for excellence in preaching, notes:
"Strange, isn’t it?  For ever-so-long now the Church has often been seen by those outside of the Church—and not infrequently by even a good many folks inside the Church—as being a kind of exclusive club. "

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, September 9, 2018
The Gospel reading today is not the easiest one to deal with.
Jesus has gone, with his disciples, into Gentile territory.  But he was not there to focus on the people of the place.  Still, he needed to rest, and so he went into a house, hoping for some quiet time.  We don’t know whose house it was.
But even here his reputation went ahead of him.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Today we heard the reading about Noah and the promise of God.
But back up a bit:
Genesis 7:4 NRSA
4 For in seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground."
Genesis, chapter 7.  The first mention of the number 40.
What is it about this number?

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, October 8, 2017
For the Lord your God is bringing you to a good land.....  A little thanksgiving caution:
We have come to this land.  Has God brought us?  There is a good question.
But we need to be careful with this passage.  Look at the verse just a little farther down:
You shall eat your fill and bless the LORD your God for the good land that he has given you.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Welcome to Rome, in the year 58.
Rome is an amazing city - a million people!  Not many cities are even close to that in ‘58.
And Rome is not just about population - it is about power.  Caesar.  The Senate.  The home base for everything Roman - including the Roman army.