In her last sermon at First Church, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman reflects on the story of the meeting between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth who were both pregnant.
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?
In the salutation of a letter to the people of Thessalonia (I Thessalonians 1:3), the writer lifts up the value of “steadfastness.” Being steadfast isn’t the sexiest trait in the world, but solid dependability, showing up consistently and continuing to take the small steps of the life of faith and justice is a valuable trait.