The Power to Heal

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. In some ways, it really is all about power, whether we’re talking about politics, relationships, or religious life. Leaders assert “might is right,” without regard to morality or the long-term consequences of their actions.  A legendary football coach proclaims, “winning […]

From Temptation to Transformation

“Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”  This is the question that got our series started. To many of us, the notion of God tempting us seems inconceivable.  If God is loving and good, why would God be the source temptations that might lead to our personal or professional undoing?  Why would […]

The Lord’s Prayer – Week Four – Bread for Today

Matthew 7:9-12 I love good bread.  San Francisco sour dough bread, Italian garlic bread, recently baked whole grain bread, and the rosemary olive bread I treat myself to at Pan D’Avignon.  My heart is filled with joy as I bite into a scone or croissant or dollop a large smear of cream cheese with lox […]

The Lord’s Prayer – Week Two: The Parent of Us All

Luke 11:1-13 All life is vocational.  All life involves a dynamic call and response in which God, usually hidden in our unique personal journey, calls us, questions us, and challenges us through our particular gifts, family of origin, life and times, and encounters. A good life is guided by aspiration, commitment, and love. I was […]

The Lords Prayer – Week One: Teach Us to Pray

Luke 11:11-14 Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”  He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And […]

Small Beginnings, Great Blessings

I want to continue the theme of Pam’s message from last week, because in many we ways we can’t hear too often that spiritual truth: From small beginnings come great blessings!  According to scripture, that’s God’s way with humankind! Who would have thought that David would become Israel’s greatest leader?  He was not only a […]

Listening and Acting

Samuel 3:1-10, 16-20; 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 A number of years ago, the United Church of Christ embarked on a theological public relations campaign, focusing on the affirmation “God is still speaking.” While it is a powerful affirmation, it provoked in many circles the question, “Is anyone listening?” While many persons believe that God sets the […]

Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6:1-8 Romans 8:12-17 Once upon a time, St. Patrick was asked how to explain the Trinity. He held up a shamrock and asked, “Is it one leaf or three?” “It is both one leaf and three,” his enquirers replied. “And, so it is with God,” Patrick responded. Most of us don’t know what to […]

Prayerfully Connected

John 17:6-19 In today’s reading, Jesus is praying for his disciples – it is a time of trial and when crises occur division is often the result. The cross looms on the horizon, anxiety is in the air, and the disciples are uncertain about what will happen next. Quietly they ask themselves, “Should we stay […]