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From the Preacher 1.25.2021

From the Preacher 1.25.2021

Here in this season of Epiphany, the texts we read in worship help us to see Jesus in the light God intended. He is proclaimed to be God’s Son at his baptism. Nathaniel calls him “Rabbi, …the King of Israel.” The first disciples set down their nets to follow this new...

From the Preacher 1.19.2021

From the Preacher 1.19.2021

It wasn’t until I lived in the South, that I realized the kind of courage it took for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to respond to God’s call the way he did. It wasn’t until I went to his memorial in Atlanta, and explored the historical sites; until I listened to...

From the Preacher 1.13.2021

From the Preacher 1.13.2021

Dear friends, Recently I was invited to join a women’s interfaith book club.  Each month we read a book from authors who are either Jewish, Muslim, or Christian.  The focus of this group is to draw us away from our comfortable or familiar readings into words and...

From the Preacher 1.5.2021

From the Preacher 1.5.2021

Yesterday, I discovered in my inbox at church two Christmas cards. Both of them were completely unexpected, from people I have known and felt kinship with from different chapters of my life. Each sender, no longer having an up-to-date address for me, sought out the...

From the Preacher 12.28.2020

From the Preacher 12.28.2020

It is, at last, the final week of 2020. I am typically someone who appreciates the clean-slate feeling of the turn of a New Year; the hope for charting a different course with intention and purpose. It always feels like a significant moment when we can lay to rest the...

From the Preacher 12.22.2020

From the Preacher 12.22.2020

Dear friends, What a year it was; a year of census taking, a widening gap between the haves and have nots, and living in a politically divided country. Keeping faith in such a time as this can be a challenge. Yet, Mary and Joseph did keep their faith. They followed...

From the Preacher 12.15.2020

From the Preacher 12.15.2020

When I had envisioned what would be our first Advent and Christmas together, I must say, this is not quite what I had in mind. I love learning the traditions of a congregation around these important holidays. Being brought in to the busyness and fellowship of planning...

From the Preacher 12.8.2020

From the Preacher 12.8.2020

 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. – John 1:8  I know there are scientists (and even just very intelligent people) who understand the mechanics of light. That it is both a wave and a particle. That it can be directed and focused, but...

From the Preacher 12.1.2020

From the Preacher 12.1.2020

Dear friends, Here we are in Advent, the beginning of a new church year.  Unlike our Gregorian calendar year, this new year doesn’t begin with merriment, parties, or parades. Instead we begin by waiting with longing hearts.  And in this year, it seems even more so. I...