Bleak Midwinter: A Stable Place Sufficed

Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12John the Baptist comes proclaiming one who is to come. So often we have heard that cry as one that is coming to judge our spiritual “housekeeping.” Maybe, instead, the invitation is simply to find room for the Holy to be born in us… just as “In the Bleak Midwinter” invites us to … Read more

Bleak Midwinter: Water as a Stone

Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5The carol by Christina Rosetti, In the Bleak Midwinter, begins with the world frozen, solid, and unchangeable. Yet Christ will come to this landscape. The prophet Isaiah invites us to imagine the earth itself reshaped according to God’s purpose and care. How can we hold onto a hope that might yet melt all … Read more

Living Bread is Shared

Scripture: John 6:25-355,000 people who have been miraculously fed go seeking Jesus for the recipe for this miracle. Yet Jesus reminds us all that God’s miracle is in the gathering community in which the sharing of daily bread can sustain all.

How are we One? Belonging

Scripture: Galatians 3:23-29As we welcome new members and bsptize children into the life of the church, we listen for the sound of an ancient creed woven into the letter to the Galatians. Here, we find an invitation to a community of belonging before believing. How can baptism move us closer to oneness with each other, … Read more