Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2018’

“Who’s the Author?”– Mark 1:21-28, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13– Jan. 28, 2018

Our gospel lesson from Mark this morning contains a story within a story, and, as usual in Mark, things happen in quick succession. En thous! as (our) Mark taught us last week. Immediately! In this first chapter of Mark’s gospel, in a little over 10 verses, Jesus has gone from being baptized to being expelled by the Spirit into the …

“Generational Listening”– 1 Samuel 3:1-10, Ps. 139:1-6, 13-18– Jan. 14, 2018

I had a little epiphany of sorts this week as the members of my clergy support group read this passage from 1 Samuel out loud in our Scripture study. There were 4 of us there, one retired already, 2 of us within months of retirement, and one serving a church very parttime in retire-ment. Instead of focussing on young Samuel, …

“Look Again”– Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12 –Epiphany, Jan. 7, 2018

Today is Christmas Day in the Orthodox Christian Church, which is a good reminder to us that almost 2/3 of the world’s Christians do things differently than we do. The date of the Orthodox Christmas–usually January 7–is based on the older Julian calendar, not the Gregorian calendar which most of the West uses. Many in Orthodox communities fast in the …




During Advent and Christmas, our church sanctuary was graced with choirs of angels, one for each member of our congregation. Cindy Hudson-Knapp researched “silhouettes of angels” and printed out a variety. The installation required a lot of scissor-action, then hanging the angel cut-outs on Christmas ornament hangers and suspending them from delicate gauze fabric that was festooned with myriads of tiny star-like lights. Barbara True-Weber, Mike Weber, Marsh Hudson-Knapp and others created this special enhancement of our worship.

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“The Great Turning”– Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Luke 2:22-40– Dec. 31, 2017

In Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth, heaven and earth are on the move. The sky is restless with the rustle of wings and the sound of angel choirs. Shepherds drive their sheep from the hillsides to go and see what the angels were talking about, and then back to their fields to wonder and absorb what they had seen and …

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