Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny uses the story of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana to explore the importance of timing. Jesus was nudged by his mother Mary into responding to the wine shortage even those he felt that his “time had not yet come.” As we listen for God’s call, it may be more important to look for the “ripe” moment rather than the right one.
Emerging Leader Trust Hilton invites the congregation to view the scripture with the lens of “a preferential option for the poor,” and acknowledges a central reality of the Gospel that Jesus was homeless. As people of faith, we are called to address the needs of the world.
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.
Both of the writers of the morning scriptures were writing near the end of the first century, a time of war, fear and grief.
In the story of Jesus healing the blind beggar Bartamaeus (Mark 10:46-52) Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny notices that it isn’t completely clear whether Bartamaeus was healed because he had faith or that his faith was the result of being healed. Is faith the chicken or the egg?
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.
Rev. Sophia DeWitt was the guest preacher for Disability Empowerment Sunday. She wove together Jeremiah’s stories of the Israelites who were overtaken by the Babylonians and the lepers who were cured by Jesus to explore the different ways one might be exiled both physically and psychologically.
In the story of Jesus visiting the home of Mary and Martha, Senior Minister Molly Baskette finds empowerment in both women and the way that Jesus interacted with them. Martha owned her home and Mary was taking on discipleship with Jesus, both defying the customs of the times.