Be Watchful and Ready

First Sunday of Advent, Year A, Matthew 24:36-44 Many of us are probably getting tired of hearing about the end times. Today we start a new church year yet the readings are still about fire and brimstone so-to-speak With all these readings about the eschaton I wonder if we may either end up with PTSD worrying about this future time or that others of us may fall into apathy because we find it extremely doubtful that this will ever happen. It is likely that we are either anxious or apathetic already and it has nothing to do with the lectionary cycle. This passage is really about increasing our faith or inspiring us with hope, not about creating fear or anxiety. Our world is full of people with

Thanksgiving: Secular & Holy

Community Thanks Giving Service 1 Tim 2:1-4, Matt 6:25-33, Psalm 126 Our concept of the American Thanksgiving seems to have muddled two different traditions, Harvest Festivals, and days of thanksgiving. We call our holiday Thanksgiving—yet it was really modeled after a harvest festival. Harvest festivals are often events lasting several days; they celebrate the bounty that comes from the principal harvest and they usually have little religious significance. In Europe, Days of Thanksgiving were relatively common religious days. Sometimes these day were for celebration, and at other times they were days of solemnity and fasting. Since the 1500s, there are records of harvest festivals and days

He can’t even save himself!

Last Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King Proper 29, Year C, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 When we think of kings we imagine fabulous wealth, fine clothes, fancy car, and of course servants to be at our beck and call. Not many of us have lived under the authority of a monarch and those of us who have, probably haven’t lived under an absolute monarch. I think we tend to have romanticized ideas of them from what we have seen on TV or movies, especially from the Disney princesses. It really doesn’t matter if you are the evil queen or the peasant who becomes queen because either way the monarch has a tremendous amount of authority over others. Today is Christ the King Sunday and w

The world is coming to an end!

Proper 28, Year C, Luke 21:5-19 The world is coming to an end. We have heard these words on the TV and the radio over the last several weeks and months. We are told that this will occur if Trump is elected. Others said this would happen if Hillary is elected. No matter who was to be elected someone was claiming that this would be the end of our great nation. Even now that the election has come to an end there are still people claiming our nation will fall soon. When we speak of the end times our ears perk up. I guess it is just part of human nature in which we attempt to look for our survival through the midst of hard times. We are no different from the disciples. When Jesus speaks of the en

Who receives the blessing?

All Saints' Day, Year C, Luke 6:20-31 Jesus offers his blessings today. He says, blessed are the poor, the hungry. Blessed are you who weep. We do not need to unveil who Jesus is giving these blessings to. It is obvious that these blessings may go to most of the people in the world. It is also clear that these blessings may pass by most of us in this congregation. Not many of us are poor, hungry, or weeping. Most of us are not excluded, reviled, or defamed because of our Christian beliefs. And to reiterate this point Jesus says, “But woe to you who are rich,” full, or laughing. Woe to you when all speak well of you. Let’s be honest, if we are not the poor or marginalized, or the persecuted o

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