Both of the writers of the morning scriptures were writing near the end of the first century, a time of war, fear and grief.
“You are the light of the world” it says in the scripture for the morning (Matthew 5:14-16). Senior Minister Molly Baskette suggests that this is both metaphorically and biologically true—the we are made up of air and water and sunlight.
Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman uses the story of Jesus’ baptism in the first chapter of Mark (1:4-11) to talk about God’s extravagant generosity. God claims Jesus as his “beloved child” even before Jesus done anything—nothing is required in advance to have that love.
On the first Sunday of this year’s stewardship campaign, titled “The Gratitude Cycle,” Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the story of Moses, Aaron and the golden calf, and asks the congregation to think about money.
In the last of a series of sermons on “Choose Your Own Adventure,” Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter explores the “in-between” spots.
Guest preacher Rev. Jim Antal, UCC climate activist, shares stories of defiant hope in response to climate change, lifting up the powerful actions that many are taking to do so. He exhorts communities of faith to commit—to face the challenge and join with others in taking action. In the scripture for the morning, Paul says to the people of Corinth “you are my letter to the world.
When Jesus told his followers that the kingdom of God was among them, he was inviting them to step into the adventure of engaging the world with all its challenges. We can sink into cynicism and despair in the face of the world’s peril or we can choose to act with hope and even joy, each of us playing a part in healing the world.
If was a something of a miracle that Moses survived to adulthood, given the political situation at the time when the Israelites’ boy children were being murdered.
The earth is hardly built to human scale. Much of is habitable, but much isn’t, and even some of the places that are friendly on a day-to-day basis are plagued by occasional natural and man-made disasters. Though humankind was granted dominion according to the Genesis scripture, we may have overdone it and now we have climate change to cope with.
Guest preacher Ken Iha suggests that if we are made in God’s image, then surely the wildness of God is in us as well. That wildness includes imagination, creativity, problem-solving, wonder, awe, and delight. And as in the scripture passage for the morning, there is so much to experience in the “still, small voice.”