April 28 – Holy Humor Sunday

Do you know about the best prank ever?Just when the Devil thought that Jesus had been inescapably trapped, Resurrection happened. This Sunday you will sing new words to familiar tunes that will fill your heart with joy. Many pastors challenge themselves to find one relevant joke for each sermon. This Sunday my goal is to… Continue reading April 28 – Holy Humor Sunday

April 21 – Who did you see?

The joy of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, is easy to understand. Songs wish that every day could be Christmas. The grief of Good Friday, is also relatable. But the joy of Easter? Resurrection is not an everyday event. Or is it? Each Gospel as a slightly different ending for the first Easter Sunday morning… Continue reading April 21 – Who did you see?

April 19 – Prayers for Good Friday

Stone crucifix among trees

On Good Friday, the day Christians remember Jesus having been betrayed, arrested, quickly tried and convicted, then crucified and buried, our sanctuary will be open from noon until 3 p.m. for anyone interested in quiet meditation and prayers. Should you be unable to come here on Friday, April 19th during these hours, we offer the… Continue reading April 19 – Prayers for Good Friday

Plenty of Green Grass

Miracle stories are problematic. Until the middle ages, miracle stories were considered proof of God working in and through a particular person. Renaissance scholars sought explanations that aligned the text with scientific explanations of the laws of nature. Today miracle stories for many people have become barriers to faith. In this week's Gospel lesson Jesus feeds… Continue reading Plenty of Green Grass

Show Us the Spirit

Wear something red for Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. The day when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples as flames. Sermon Notes for Pentecost, May 20, 2018 For two thousand years Jesus has been on trial. The Bible even lays out the strongest evidence against him. Pentecost refutes those claims. At the start… Continue reading Show Us the Spirit

Communion as Love

Who is your BFF? The discipline of texting, cramming one's thoughts into 140 characters or less, has added some interesting abbreviations to our vocabulary. BFF (best friends forever) might be a useful translation of the word Greek word φίλους. The usual translation of φίλους as 'friend' neglects that this word has its root in a verb… Continue reading Communion as Love

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