Prayers for Good Friday

On Good Friday, the day Christians remember Jesus having been betrayed, arrested, quickly tried and convicted, then crucified and buried. On the Friday between Palm Sunday and Easter our sanctuary will be open from noon until 3 pm for anyone interested in quiet meditation and prayers. Should you be unable to come here, we offer the following… Continue reading Prayers for Good Friday

Called to Live

Apart from trust in God, the world is a cemetery. Calling Lazarus from the tomb disturbed many people. John reports Jesus snorted in spirit and was deeply agitated: perhaps because Mary, like Martha, had regretted that he had not arrived soon enough to prevent Lazarus from dying, or perhaps because Lazarus was his friend and he regretted… Continue reading Called to Live

Seeing Jesus

Meeting a blind man in the New York Port Authority Terminal building formed my understanding of people with disabilities. Hundreds of people rush through this building every minute, especially during the early evening hours. As I recall that building: subways trains would continually drop off and pickup passengers on at least two levels below the… Continue reading Seeing Jesus

The First Evangelist

Are you seeking that big faucet in the sky? Are you living the rat race, at least occasionally wondering which rats are winning or if its worth even running? Are you wondering how your contributions fit into the Kingdom of God? Are making an eternal difference, helping to usher in Jesus' promised future on earth as… Continue reading The First Evangelist

Transformations

When I walked out through the gates, my work stayed behind me. This was one of the great advantages of working on classified programs. The requirements of the workplace demanded that I compartmentalize my life. Work had to remain locked up inside the safe inside my office. Conversely during my time at work, my employer… Continue reading Transformations

Serve the Good Wine

Should the changing of water into wine be called Mary's miracle? When the Mother of Jesus (John never refers to her as Mary) tells Jesus that their host has run out of wine, he objects saying: “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” But she ignores his objection,… Continue reading Serve the Good Wine

Committed to Worship – Thursday

“But the time is coming—and is here!— when true worshipers will worship in spirit and in truth. God is spirit, and it is necessary to worship God in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) In John 4, Jesus encounters an astute theologian: a Samaritan woman, whom he meets at Jacob’s well. Their conversation touches on… Continue reading Committed to Worship – Thursday

Committed to Prayer – Sunday

“I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father can be glorified in the Son. When you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14) There is a subtle logic contained in this saying of Jesus, one that could be missed. It is not simply… Continue reading Committed to Prayer – Sunday

Committed to Christ – Saturday

Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teaching. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) The saying “the truth will set your free” is well-known, but too few know where it is found, and… Continue reading Committed to Christ – Saturday