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 […]

Where All are Pilgrims and None are Strangers

Acts 10:1-24, 34-36, 44-48 Over the past five years, I’ve often cited the motto of The Church of the Pilgrims in Washington DC as a model for our congregation’s spirituality – “where all are pilgrims and none are strangers.” The question of defining friends and strangers is at the heart of human relationships. It’s the […]

Connected by Love

Acts 8:26-31, 36-40 I John 4:7-12, 18-21 John 15:1-8 Today’s readings could easily turn into three sermons, or an hour lecture. But, that might be a bit much for any of us to handle. They chart a theological adventure lived out in everyday life. They tell us of God’s nearness, and presence in ordinary acts […]

The Deeper Magic

Mark 16:1-8 Recently my grandsons, Kate, and I saw a film version of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe. As you may recall, the story describes the adventures of four children in Narnia, an enchanted land lying just beyond the wardrobe. Occupied by an evil queen, the once verdant Narnia is now desolate; […]

A God with Skin

Once upon a time, a little boy had trouble falling asleep. His father read him one story, and then another, and he still couldn’t fall asleep. Finally, his father was getting tired and said, “It’s time for me to go to bed.” The boy responded, “I don’t want to be alone.” His dad replied, “You […]

When Scripture Gets It Wrong?

Do any remember Samuel L. Jackson’s film “Snakes on a Plane?” If you saw it, and you might not want to admit it – a gangster puts snakes on a plane to kill a witness and the poisonous snakes run rampant biting people until the hero saves the day! Today’s scripture could easily be called […]