Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2013’

“Home Again”– Nehemiah 8:1-3,5-6,8-10, Luke 4:14-21 — Jan. 27, 2013

The lesson from Hebrew scripture and the Gospel lesson that have been paired together today describe what has become a familiar scene for us–the reading of Scripture to a gathered community and an interpretation or teaching of it.  Ezra the priest reads the law of Moses to the people of Israel, recently returned from exile, who have gathered in the …

“Awash in Abundance”– 1 Cor. 12:1-11, John 2:1-11– Jan. 20, 2013

John’s Gospel is anything but a free-flowing journal or documentary. It is, rather, a carefully constructed, even poetic, statement of faith, beginning “in the beginning”–back before time even began–”In the beginning was the Word”–and ending–or rather, trailing off–into eternity–”But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the …

Giving Tree 2012

2012 Giving Tree

Every year our Mission Team works with local agencies to provide gifts for families in Bennington County.  This picture is of the tree crafted by Andrea Lampron and all the wrapped gifts collected.

“Called by Name”– Isaiah 43:1-7, Luke 3:15-16, 21-22– Jan. 13, 2013

  My brief meditation this morning is really just the introduction to, and underpinning of, Ernie’s presentation a little later on about the challenges and opportunities we face today in the life of our church. And as we all become part of “the church” when we are baptized, it is fitting that we should look at the story of Jesus’ …

“More Light” –Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12– Jan. 6, 2013

  The Gospel writer we call Matthew is the most Jewish of all the gospel writers. He’s the one who most often puts the story of Jesus in the context of Hebrew scripture–”Thus, as it was written…,” Matthew often says. He begins his gospel with a genealogy, tracing Jesus’ ancestry back to Abraham, the father of the Jews, through David …

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