The Israelites, led by Joshua, encircled the city of Jericho for seven days and the walls around the city fell down. Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the ways that walls can either protect us or keep us apart and declares God’s desire to tear down walls of separation.
In the scripture, we hear the two stories of Elizabeth and Mary and improbable pregnancies announced by angels.
The word of God, the news of Jesus’ advent came not to the people of power at the time, but to John, a prophet in the middle of nowhere. What do we expect when we are expecting God? Have we made crooked paths that make it difficult for God to get from there to here? We have all made mistakes. Will we be judged or loved, reckoned with, leveled with?
On the first Sunday of Advent, Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny ponders the nature of arrivals and departures. The scripture talks of the signs of arrival, both the dramatic portents of the return of the Son of Man, and the small buds of a fig tree that suggest what is to come.
The organized expression of hatred, especially toward specific groups, is being given freer range in our current social and political climate.
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.