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The Surprise of Resurrection

Matthew 28:1-10 In her book Thirst, Mary Oliver writes a poem called “The Messenger” which reads: “My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird – equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no […]

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A Palm Sunday Sermon

Save us. Hosanna means save us. The people clogged the streets shouting this word again and again, “Hosanna. Hosanna.” The people lined the road to Jerusalem, filled with a mixture of fear and hope, hunger and despair.  “Was this the Messiah?” they asked one another as they craned their necks and peered between heads to glimpse this Jesus they had […]

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Maundy Thursday Service II (Hand & Footwashing, Communion and Tenebrae)

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE All are invited to sit and gather around the table REMEMBERING THE LAST SUPPER Greeting Invocation (responsive) Everlasting God, who was and is and is to come, we are grateful that you have invited us here as guests to a banquet, as witnesses to your holy love. Inspire our singing, our praying, our proclamation, so that your Spirit may come alive in us once again. Let our worship this evening bring the stories and passions of Scripture to new life for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. Source: Touch Holiness edited by Ruth Duck and Maren Tirabassi *Hymn                                      “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant” Scripture                                                       John 13:1-8 Foot and Hand Washing Scripture                                            John 13:14-17, 31b – 35 Hymn                                “Live in Charity and Steadfast Love” Communion Liturgy (responsive) One: We remember that on the night before Jesus was betrayed, Jesus gathered around a table, much like this one, with a motley crew of friends. Many: […]

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Woman at the Well – Pastoral Prayer

Pastoral prayer inspired by John 4:5-42 O God, We come to you because we are thirsty, thirsty for a world where all people have access to clean, fresh water and the most vulnerable members of society are cared for. We pray for a world where people who make houses can afford to live in them, people who serve food can afford to eat it, when all children have access to good education and young people can find jobs. Empower us to be your hands and feet, To work toward this justice in our everyday lives. O God, We come to you because we are thirsty, Thirsty for a world where people might discover love and renewal. We pray for all those who struggle with addiction and mental illness. We pray for those in prisons. We pray for those in uniforms. We pray for refugees and all those forced from their homes because of violence. We pray for those who grieve. We pray for those awaiting organ donation. We pray for those healing from medical procedures. We pray for the sick. We pray for our nation and our world. O God, We are parched for your Living Waters. Open our hearts as your unending forgiveness, tenderness, justice, truth, courage pour over us like a fresh spring rain, readying us to grow, to flourish, to experience life that is really life. Thank you, O God, for the ways that you quench our thirst, […]

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Pilgrimage of Trust to St. Louis

Dear friends, I am writing to invite you on a pilgrimage of trust to St. Louis, Missouri, near Ferguson, Missouri, hosted by the monastic community from Taize, France. Last September, I traveled to the MIT chapel in Boston, MA to hear Brother John and Brother Emile from the Taize community speak about this pilgrimage. After inviting us on the pilgrimage […]

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The Gift of the Blind Man

John 9:1-41 They had written him off. The community had written the blind guy off. They were so busy judging him that they missed out on befriending and learning from him. Maybe the blind guy has something to teach us about faith, about learning to navigate through the unknown. Yet, in this story, the blind guy was relegated to a street corner to beg as if, somehow, his community had the sight problem and did not see him.   The blind man’s community did not creatively dream up ways to include him, to help him navigate his blindness or allow him to support himself in a dignified manner.  Instead, the townspeople relegated him to a street corner, writing him and his family off has sinners. Then Jesus came by and it says Jesus “saw” him.  Jesus saw the human being in front of him. The disciples are surprised by this and they wonder aloud: “Whose fault is it that this man is blind?  Did he sin or did his parents?” Who do we blame? Jesus responds, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. But in order that God’s works might be revealed in him it is necessary for us to work the works of the one who sent me.” Jesus doesn’t answer the question of whose fault it is. Jesus is saying, don’t waste time on finger pointing, instead, look in a different direction to see what God is doing right […]

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