Hurting, Healing, and Hoping in Gilead

Scripture: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 The prophet Jeremiah laments at the pain of his people, and cries out for a cure for what ails them… a “Balm in Gilead.” To often, we are tempted to wish for magical cures to suffering and pain, rather than by being present… by offering care and time for healing. How are we … Read more

Searching and Being Found

Scripture: Luke 15:1-10 What is the cost of “being found?” What is it compared to the priceless joy of God? Jesus tells two parables that invite us to welcome all and resist those divisions which diminish the value of one another.

Freed By Love

Scripture: Philemon 1:1-21 We gather in our many gifts, talents, and skills for service and ministry together. However, an ancient letter—and our sad history of slavery and abuse in treating others as instruments of our own self-fulfillment—remind us to look for the fullness of the image of God that we are above what any of us can do. … Read more

The Wedding Feast

Scripture: Luke 14:1, 7-14 Jesus tells a wedding parable about how to be a guest—and a host. In the gathering of our lives in community, we’re invited to consider how we make room for the holiness of others at the banquet of all life. Download text here – 2019-09-01

Rebuilding and Returning

Scripture: Isaiah 58:9-14 In a time of starting over, the prophet Isaiah speaks to the people of Israel amongst confusion and division. Perhaps what they most need to hear, and we do as well, is that starting over is truly possible… if we can just begin to reorient ourselves in God. Download text here: 2019-08-25