You may not remember Nathanael from the bible. You might not remember that he was a friend of Philip’s from Bethsaida, which I can’t help reading as “Bethesda.” You might not remember this passage from the gospel of John where Jesus calls both Philip and Nathanael to his mission and ministry. An excited Philip runs… [Read More]
This past week, I found myself writing letters. You know, the old-fashioned kind… Snail mail. One letter was sent off to Norway, another to a pen-friend in Corpus Christi, TX, and a third to a more local friend. Each time, I found myself writing how the season after Christmas always makes me feel optimistic. I… [Read More]
Merry Christmas! We are just a week from Christmas Eve and halfway through the twelve days of Christmas, but our lectionary reading puts us ahead at least 40 days from Jesus’ birth. St. Luke tells us that eight days after Jesus was born he was circumcised, and then according to the Levitical law, Mary needed… [Read More]
How many of you have come to stay with relatives this evening or will be staying with relatives in the next few days? How many of you are hosting guests or family this week? In our humble home, we are hosting my parents. Their “guest room” is on the lower level (i.e. basement) where there… [Read More]
A Service of Lessons/Readings and Carols. No sermon on this date.
The Children of BUCC presented the service. No sermon on this date.
The poet, Wislawa Szymborska once said, “Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through.” As we begin a new church year with the start of Advent, we are beginning the new liturgical year with the gospel of Mark. Mark is the earliest gospel and you… [Read More]
Greetings and congratulations! It’s an honor to be here on this first Sunday in Advent, on this your 60th year of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Your work and ministry, in and on behalf if the United Church of Christ matters. Your light is a beacon of love and hope to and… [Read More]
When Rev. Dee asked me several weeks ago to preach on this particular Sunday, I went home and looked up the lectionary scriptures, and I groaned. Christ the King Sunday, and the suggested scripture from Matthew’s Gospel are far from favorites of mine. Usually in my experience of preaching,… [Read More]
In her book by the same name, Phyllis Trible calls today’s text one of the biblical “texts of terror.” And for good reason. This passage from the book of Judges describes the brutal rape and dismemberment of a nameless woman. What starts as a domestic dispute will eventually become civil war in Israel with… [Read More]