Spirited Wednesday


Dog Days

9/3/2014

Romans 13:8-14 (NRSV) Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, 'You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet'; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from ...

From Darkness

8/27/2014

Jeremiah 15: 15-21 (NRSV) O Lord, you know; remember me and visit me, and bring down retribution for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance do not take me away; know that on your account I suffer insult. Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. I did not sit in the company of merrymakers, nor did I rejoice; under the weight of your hand I sat alone, for you had filled ...

Celebrating One Another

8/20/2014

Romans 12:4-8 (NRSV) For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. Reflection: In elementary ...

We Cannot Hide

8/13/2014

Genesis 45:1-15 (NRSV) Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, 'Send everyone away from me.' So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. Joseph said to his brothers, 'I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?' But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, ...

I Am That DREAMER (And So Are You)

8/6/2014

Genesis 37:19 (NLT) "Here comes the dreamer!" they said. Reflection: Usually we hear about dreams around February, when Martin Luther King, Jr's "I had a dream" speech once more becomes important. Or maybe dreams are part of your everyday thought process, as you try to remember that dream that startled out of a deep sleep in the middle of the night. Or, that poem that you learned in your youth sticks in your head as a reminder of living out your potential, Langston Hughes asked, "What ...

Needs of the Many

7/30/2014

Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV) Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ?This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.? Jesus said to ...

Dented Cans

7/23/2014

Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-46 He put before them another parable: 'The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.' He told them another parable: 'The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.' 'The kingdom of ...

Bethel

7/16/2014

Genesis 28:10-19 (NRSV) Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, "I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God ...

How Does It Grow

7/9/2014

Matthew 13: 16-17 (The Message) But you have God-blessed eyes - eyes that see! And God-blessed ears - ears that hear! A lot of people, prophets and humble believers among them, would have given anything to see what you are seeing, to hear what you are hearing, but never had the chance. Reflection: How does a garden grow? I am not a gardener or farmer, but I am told that well planned gardens start with the correct soil mixture. Organic or natural, please. Straight furrows are prepared for ...

Will It and Do It

7/2/2014

Romans 7:15-25a (GW) I don't realize what I'm doing. I don't do what I want to do. Instead, I do what I hate. I don't do what I want to do, but I agree that God's standards are good. So I am no longer the one who is doing the things I hate, but sin that lives in me is doing them. I know that nothing good lives in me; that is, nothing good lives in my corrupt nature. Although I have the desire to do what is right, I don't do it. I don't do the good I want to do. Instead, I do the evil that I ...

Extravagant Hospitality

6/25/2014

Scripture: Matthew 10:40-42 (NRSV) 'Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple - truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.' Reflection: For ...

It Happened

6/18/2014

Scripture: Genesis 21:17 (NRSV) And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is." Reflection: "I share with you the agony of your grief, The anguish of your heart finds echo in my own. I know I cannot enter all you feel Nor bear with you the burden of your pain; I can but offer what my love does give: The strength of caring, The warmth of one ...

Where Is Our Mother?

6/11/2014

Scripture: Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Reflection: Louis C.K. recently appeared in Saturday Night Live (SNL). During his monologue he shared his theology. First he said, he does not know if there is a God but is sure there is not a heaven. He took issue with those...

A World of Babble

6/4/2014

Scripture: Acts 2:5-11 (NRSV) Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, 'Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and ...

That We May All Be One

5/28/2014

Scripture: John 17:1-11 (NRSV) After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own ...

Oops

5/21/2014

Scripture: John 14:18-19 (NRSV) [Jesus said,] "I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live." Reflection: Well. This wasn't supposed to happen. We're here for a festival meal, Jesus. We're in Jerusalem, so let the good times roll! Okay, granted, the good times consist mostly of embarrassing the religious and civic authorities (Wave those branches, everyone!), but that's not just...

Living Stones and Peculiar People

5/14/2014

Scripture: 1 Peter 2: 4 9 (NRSV) Come to him, a living stone,? and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house?You are a royal priesthood?God's own people. Reflection: This was my ordination scripture. It was also that of another commuting Andover Newton classmate whom I did not meet until four years later. Not surprisingly, we are now great friends and spiritual companions. Her preacher spoke about living stones and mine about us Christians as being peculiar people. ...

Low Tide Insights

5/7/2014

Scripture: Isaiah 45:1-3 (NRSV) Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him -- and the gates shall not be closed: I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, ...

Like a Seed

4/30/2014

Scripture: Luke 24: 13-16, 28-31 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus . . . and talking with each other about all the things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. As they came near the village to which they were going . . . they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, because the day is now nearly over." When he was at the table with them, he took ...

The Living Body of Christ

4/23/2014

Scripture: John 20:19-29 (NRSV) When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you.' After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.' When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to...

The Worst Thing is Never the Last Thing

4/16/2014

Scripture: John 20:1-18 (NRSV) Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple ...

Untie It and Bring It

4/9/2014

Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11 (NRSV) When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, 'The Lord needs them.' And he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, "Tell the daughter ...

Namaste

4/2/2014

Scripture: Romans 8:6-11 (NRSV) To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law -- indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body ...

Perfect

3/26/2014

Scripture: John 9:1-3, 6-7 (NRSV) As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him"... When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man's eyes, saying to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). Then he went ...

Delight

3/19/2014

Scripture: Psalm 51:10, 12 (RSV) "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me… Restore to me the joy of thy salvation." Reflection: The quality of salvation is joy! God's saving presence, God's integrating grace, God's beauty is delight-full; it tingles and warms, it opens and energizes, it roots us deep and stands us tall. Imagine this! Salvation is not a cold, long work. It is not a restrained kind of accomplishment. The salvation of the Lord is delightful....

Crossing Boundaries

3/12/2014

Scripture: Romans 4:16 (NRSV) "For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all [Abraham's] descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham..." Romans 4.16 - 16 (NRSV) Reflection: It is just a coincidence with the Spirited Wednesday name, but every first and third Wednesday of the month, I meet with a small group of three to six friends at the St. Anthony and St. Patrick Roman Catholic...

Ash... and You Shall Receive

3/5/2014

Scripture: Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: test me and know my thoughts, and lead me in the way everlasting. Reflection: Ash... and You Shall Receive In my first year as a church pastor, I wanted everything to be "home-made": coffee hour delights, communion bread, even the art for the Sunday bulletin whenever possible. "Authenticity is important," I reasoned. "Let's honor God by being ourselves together, if only for one hour on Sundays. Church should look more like ...

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