Leaders: How to See

Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 What do we look for when we are looking for leaders? The prophet Samuel goes looking for a king, but almost misses the youngest son and shepherd, David. Do we miss seeing the leadership gifts of young people? Of people who are already out “in the field” doing the work of … Read more

Leaders: A Problem of Kings

Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:4-20 The people of Israel petition the prophet Samuel for a king to lead them. They—and we—are invited to think about leadership as God would offer it to us compared to the ways of rulers and monarchs. Can we rest in the security of God’s care? Can we commit ourselves to the … Read more

Remembering to Speak

Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8 The prophet Isaiah receives a vision at a time of unrest and uncertainty, but wonders if he is able to speak of it to the world. On Trinity Sunday, we are invited to be held in community that recognizes where we are challenged, and where we fail, and still calls us to … Read more

The Advocate: Shelter

Scripture: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 On Pentecost, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church. Jesus tells us some about how the Spirit will strengthen us… it is a living together in relationship that shelters and calls out gifts, rather than shadowing and diminishing them. It’s in this pattern of mutual flourishing and … Read more

The Science of Selecting Disciples

Scripture: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 The early church works to select a new leader from their midst, and settles on a strange process! In the saints who are selected (or not) for this new ministry, we might find gifts of the Spirit which continue to call us into ministries and vocations of our own.