Being Church: “For” or “With”?

In a time of turmoil, we are often tempted to look for easy, direct answers, like a tv detective solving a crime. Isaiah writes to his people, encouraging them to look at the whole picture, to see how the community may create a larger justice. We strive for the same, as we hear from “My … Read more

Being Church: Belonging

Our ancestors in faith wove the church together across differences, but also constructed a new and shared identity of belonging. There are so many barriers of injustice—both real and metaphorical—we have constructed between ourselves… in our lives, in our cities and neighborhoods, in our access to basic rights. How can we build of ourselves that … Read more

Being Church: Making Music Between Us

As we explore a series of calls to the church, including this week, “Embrace Diversity,” we listen for how our ancestors incorporated and engaged difference—rather than erasing it—to find themselves a people of God on the journey together. In a time in which so many are feeling stressed and anxious, how can we resist the … Read more

The Manger: Wrapped in Love

Scripture: Luke 1:39-55 As our music ministry brings us gifts through the carols of Alfred Burt, and his family’s tradition of passing music from generation to generation, we give thanks for the ways in which music passed through each generation to Mary, and then to Jesus. In the sharing of songs of liberation and God’s … Read more

The Manger: Held in Joy

Scripture: Isaiah 12:2-6 As we prepare for our children to bring us the Christmas story again on Pageant Sunday, we listen to the prophet Isaiah, who might be telling us that joy is not just a feeling… but a gift and resource of God that might sustain us in dry times. Like the hay of … Read more