So what are the traditional marks of membership of the church? Of course the criteria varied according to denomination, ideology, time, and culture. I make no claims to an all-encompassing or exhaustive list of how the church has viewed membership. This list just reflects my own understanding. Baptism. On the surface I have no issue … More Your Handy-Dandy Guide to Church Membership
After a very busy Christmas season I am finally able to get this sermon up for all to read. It was a very emotional Sunday that day when this was preached. I hope the emotion comes through in the written format. – Rev. Rob This Sunday in our Lenten lectionary readings we turned our attention … More Mary, Resistance, Refugees and Inspiration: A (Late) Sermon for the 4th Sunday of Advent
Perhaps you have found yourself in this situation. You’re headed home after work, most likely late. There’s some kind of class, game, or meeting after work and you just don’t have time to get supper prepared, eaten and cleaned up before you have to be out the door again. Solution? Costco! So you run to … More Welcome to Worship – may we see your membership please?
No other show captured the need for belonging better than the 80’s sitcom Cheers with its theme song that reminded us all of our desire for place and belonging as it proclaimed, “You wanna be where everybody knows you name.” Yes a sitcom about a group of otherwise social rejects in a dingy bar in … More Norm Peterson and Why We Need to Belong
I’m sure those of us of a certain vintage can remember the famed American Express slogan “Membership has its privileges.” If you can’t here is a video reminder. Membership is a word, a concept that carried a lot of weight in the modern world. American Express ad execs knew what they were tapping into when … More Membership Had its Privileges
When I die Bury me at sea Let the waves be my pall Let the ocean’s salty tears wash over me My leaving a return Like the tides and the currents When I die Lay me to rest on the barrens Cover me in lichen and moss Call the fog to come to my wake … More Return (For Mavis)
As a teenager I read the Gospels and was fascinated by what I read. In particular I was enthralled by Jesus and the way he treated people, angered authorities and the words he spoke. It was hard, and still is, to explain what I experienced in the Gospels. Jesus both attracted me a repelled me … More Will the Real Jesus Please Stand up?
In between darkness and light between despair and hope The heart of a solar eclipse Descending to ascend darkest depths Earth and rock my final meal Forgotten and forsaken Like a refugee child of war Yet even the darkness vibrate with the promise of light like thunder promising rain to a choked wilderness Something stirs … More Holy Saturday
“God doesn’t require attention getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.” Matthew 6: 18 The Message Right of the bat I have to admit that I haven’t always been a big fan of Lent. I grew up in a Christian tradition that didn’t keep Lent and when I came … More Keeping Lent
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’* 29But … More Mary the Mocking Jay