Readings: Psalm 126 / 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 / John 1:6-8, 19-28 Advent 3: In this third week of Advent our minds turn to joy. There is no greater joy than an authentic, personal, conversation relationship with God. He created us for, and desires such a relationship with us. Our Gospel reading this week says that John the Baptist was preparing the way for Jesus by “making straight the paths for the Lord”. Sabbath rest has that effect on the human soul—it prepares a way for the Lord to be especially present to us. But Brueggemann rightly holds before us the ever-present pressure and compulsion to produce more, perform better and consume more. This coercion surrounds our lives, kills […]
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Readings: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, Mark 1:1-8 Advent 2: In week two of Advent we set our attention on peace. Our Gospel reading this week offers the peace implied in a life that is “full of the Holy Spirit”. But peace is hard to grasp and even harder to maintain in our workaholic, anxious and fear-driven world. Brueggemann contrasts the “endlessly anxious presence of Pharaoh” and Yahweh who “setting limits on production by a weekly pause in work, nullifies Pharaoh’s entire system of anxious production.” The practice of Sabbath rest does not produce anything—but it “creates an environment of security and respect and dignity that redefines the human project…” This is the real deal: “God is not Pharaoh. […]
Baptisms & Dedications Sunday May 17 There really is no more beautiful example of real community than in that of the sacrament of baptism or in the dedication of a child to God. Join Holy Trinity on May 17 for this community celebration. If you or your child/children in your family want to be baptized or dedicated please confirm with Elizabeth Khorey. If you would like to speak to a pastor for more information please contact Elizabeth at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be having another baptism in the Fall. May May Monthly Gathering Friday, May 15 at 7:00 pm Location: Zona McKibben’s home Women’s Book Club Sunday, May 17th after the service Keep in Step With the Spirit by J.I. Packer Panera […]
Reading: Genesis 45:1-15 and Mark 10:35-45 1. As we are nearing the conclusion of Joseph’s story in Gen.45:1-15, read about his reunion and reconciliation with his brothers. How does his perspective of his life, his experiences, his place in God’s story impact you today? How does it help you with your own circumstantial experiences and history? Take a moment to look back over your life. Can you see God using harm for good? How does Rom.8:28 – God utilizing all things for his divine purposes – ring true for you in regard to your own history? 2. Retaliation, revenge, or even power to subjugate the ones who caused great pain in Joseph’s life doesn’t seem to be a viable option for him. How have you […]