Spirited Wednesday


Conflict Is

6/21/2017

"Living faithfully means there will be conflict." —Rev. Shepard Parsons

Extravagant Welcome Along The Way

6/14/2017

"With each step, we become brothers and sisters. . . hand in hand. . . way of the pilgrims." —Rev. Allie Perry

And They'll Know We Are Christians

6/7/2017

"Looking at us, God’s transforming love should be as clear as day — as visible even as a rainbow vest." —Rev. Max Grant

Spirit on the Loose!

5/31/2017

“Some fifty days after the worst day of their lives, a tiny band of Jesus’ followers became so infused with a fiery and transforming reality that the world around them would never be the same.” — Rev. Matt Crebbin

As We Are One

5/24/2017

"To be one as God and Jesus are one is a remarkable image." — Rev. Susan Izard

An Open Mind

5/17/2017

"God is found where we meet together and share." —Rev. Mobby Larson

Perspective On Prosperity

5/10/2017

"This account of the first Christian martyr is a story of courage and grace, of faithfulness and strength." — Rev. Paul Bryant-Smith

Radical Inclusion

5/3/2017

"It is not gender neutral, race-neutral language I hunger for; not mere inclusion in the story. But radical inclusion." — Rev. Lindsey Peterson

Encounter

4/26/2017

"Imagine you and a friend were in deep in conversation and Jesus joined you." — Rev. Frank Basler

Easter In the Streets

4/19/2017

“Sure, we who follow Christ will wind up in strange places and likely with scars of our own. But if the choice is between that and fear behind closed doors, I’m hitting the streets on a quest for real peace.” — Rev. Erick Olsen

We Are All Accepted

4/12/2017

"It is human nature to want to set conditions on the unconditional love of God." — Rev. Cheryl Anderson

Hosannas and Horror

4/5/2017

"Hosanna means help. 'Save, we pray!'" — Rev. John Nelson

Called

3/29/2017

"The world needs us - our love, our courage, our passion, our striving for justice and our intellect." —Rev. Sidat Balgobin

Always With Us

3/22/2017

"Don’t we all need to be reminded that God is with us and that we are loved?" — Rev. Kate VanDerzee-Glidden

God Is Here With Us

3/15/2017

"God is here with us, no matter what we feel we’re lacking or missing. " — Rev. Brenda Pelc-Faszcza

You Get A Blessing, You All Get A Blessing...

3/8/2017

"God's gift leaves no room for exclusivity; color, nationality, sexual orientation, parental status, immigration status... all are blessed EQUALLY!" — Elivette (Elly) Mendez Angulo

More Ashes Please

3/1/2017

"Somehow that small smudge on my forehead – the one I can't even see – never feels like enough." —Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton

The Work of Waiting

2/22/2017

"There's work to do, even while we wait." — Rev. Jonathan Chapman

Whose Fool Are You?

2/15/2017

"Jesus came to remind us that our citizenship is not primarily in this realm of power and bluster, wealth, and glamor." — Rev. Timothy Haut

Divisiveness

2/8/2017

"We are called to do no harm to those whom Christ loves. With God’s help, let it be so." —Rev. Jack Shackles

Much Fear and Trembling

2/1/2017

"WE WILL SURVIVE! God is on our side." — The Rev. Maritza de Gonzalez

Rise Up!

1/25/2017

"Sisters and brothers, now is the time to rise up!" —Rev. Donna Manocchio

Who Do You Trust

1/18/2017

"We are called to leave behind our skepticism, our world-wariness, and our cynicism." —Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals

Songs of Freedom

1/11/2017

"We kill our prophets by rescinding their gains on freedom and equality." - Rev. Damaris Whittaker

Jesus' Humanity

1/4/2017

"At some point, all of us as human beings need to make some decisions about the direction of our lives." —Rev. Bob LaRochelle

Then Joseph Got Up

12/28/2016

"There is still more work to be done. Listen to God. Get up. Live the life of faith!" —Rev. Zackary Mabe

Breaking Through

12/21/2016

"Watch for it. Wait for it. It might just take your breath away…." —Rev. Jeff Gallagher

Restorative Love

12/14/2016

"This is why we will light the candle of Love. This is why we will celebrate once again the gift of God with us." - Rev. Sara Jane Munshower

Carry The Light

12/7/2016

"Life brings us to moments when we are the bearers of the light." - Rev. Lee Ireland

A Peaceable Future

11/30/2016

"...sharing in this journey is the only path toward healing and hope." -Rev. Mary Louise Howson

Who Knows?

11/23/2016

"No one knows what will happen this December – not the angels, not the Son, not any of us. But there could be a miracle." - Rev. Alison Buttrick J. Patton

Even In This Circumstance, Give Thanks

11/16/2016

"When we dare to pray, “Thank you God for being with me in this circumstance,” we may discover God’s strength and blessing when we need it most." - Rev. Dr. Susan Foster

The Morning After

11/9/2016

“Regardless of the outcome of the election, the call of our faith is the same: to be co-creators with God and to nurture God’s realm into being.” - Rev. Jocelyn B. Gardner Spencer

Whose Side Are You On?

11/2/2016

"To be faithful is to participate in the broken and imperfect world of politics." - Rev. Shepard Parsons

Non-Competitive

10/19/2016

"It's not a competition. Really, it's not." - the Rev. Rochelle Stackhouse

Checking Pride

10/12/2016

"The truth is that all of us can fall into that pattern of self-pride and self-congratulation very easily" - Rev. Gordon Bates

Curing Versus Healing

10/5/2016

"There is a difference between "cure" and "healing." - Rev. Max Grant

Do You Carry Faith in My Size?

9/28/2016

Scripture: Luke 17: 5-10 (NRSV) The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. "Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here at once and take your place at the table'? Would you not rather say to him, 'Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I...

The Pilgrim's Way

9/21/2016

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31 There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far ...

Prayer Needed

9/14/2016

Scripture: I Timothy 2:1-7 (CEV) First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each of them. Pray for kings and others in power, so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honor God. Reflection: Sometimes it's overwhelming how many people we find we ought to pray for. Every Sunday we lift prayers in worship and then can't quite remember all those names by the time we get home. We meet someone in the ...

Baking for St. Phanourios

9/7/2016

Scripture: Luke 15:1-10 (NRSV) Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, 'This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.' So he told them this parable: 'Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes ...

Reworked

8/31/2016

Scripture: Luke 14:33 (NRSV) So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions. Reflection: I knew there'd be two or three hymns. I knew that "In the Bulb" would be one of them about every 5 weeks or so, despite my best efforts to keep the hymns fresh - it's just such a good and singable hymn. I knew the pause of silence just longer than comfortable that would arrive right before people started sharing the aches and pains on their hearts during the ...

Love At The Ready

8/24/2016

Scripture: Jeremiah 2:4-6a (The Message) Hear GOD's Message, House of Jacob! Yes, you?House of Israel! GOD's Message: 'What did your ancestors find fault with in me that they drifted so far from me, took up with Sir Windbag and turned into windbags themselves? It never occurred to them to say, "Where's GOD, the God who got us out of Egypt, Who took care of us through thick and thin?"' Reflection: It is tempting to pounce on the use here of "Sir Windbag" as an opportunity, permission even to ...

Putting Words In One's Mouth

8/17/2016

Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10 (NRSV) Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.' Then I said, 'Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.' But the Lord said to me, 'Do not say, "I am only a boy"; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver ...

Long Division

8/10/2016

Scripture: Luke 12:49-56 (NRSV) 'I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided: father against son     and son against father, mother against daughter     and ...

I Am A Promise

8/3/2016

Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 (NRSV) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in ...

From Divide to Divine

5/4/2016

Scripture: John 17:20-26(NRSV) 'I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have ...

Because I Live

4/27/2016

Scripture: John 14:23-29 (NRSV) Jesus answered him, 'Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. 'I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said ...

Why Include Revelation?

4/20/2016

Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6 (NRSV) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their ...

Power & Voice

4/13/2016

Scripture: Acts 9:36-43 (NRSV) Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, 'Please come to us without delay.' So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room ...

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