Pastors' Blog

Nov 19, 2020 - Amy Norton

This week's lectionary passage is perhaps one of the more familiar chapters of Jesus' teachings, where he reveals to his followers that "whatever you did for one of the least of these siblings of mine, you did for me". We often think of the "least of these" as those 'less fortunate' than us. Those who are poorer than us, more oppressed than us, more hated than us. We know that...

Nov 12, 2020 - Kent French

ALL-PARISH MEETING this Sunday, 12-2pm on Zoom. Come for as long as you can to learn more about how our congregation is faithfully going forward during this time of pandemic.

If you know anything of Jesus' teaching technique of confounding parables, chances are you know the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). It's a classic. Oft-repeated, sometimes too easily interpreted. A landowner doles out...

Nov 05, 2020 - Amy Norton

You can get so confusedthat you’ll start in to racedown long wiggled roads at a break-necking paceand grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.Waiting for a train to goor a bus to come, or a plane to goor the mail to come, or the rain to goor the phone to ring, or the snow to snowor waiting around for a Yes or a Noor waiting for...

Oct 29, 2020 - Kent French

NOTE: Daylight Savings ends this Sunday morning (fall back an hour).COMMUNION SUNDAY: We invite you to prepare your communion at home (bread and juice, crackers and wine, milk and cookies, whatever can be a sacred meal for you).

Some of us grew up with All Saints Day, some did not. I'm in the latter category. Probably all of us grew up with its secular counterpart: Halloween (adapted from 'All Hallows Eve').

Early Christians wanted some way to remember the valiant heroes of the...

Oct 22, 2020 - Kent French

The best spiritual teachers and faith founders pepper their ministries with sweet, little cogent nuggets of simple wisdom.

Like the Buddha saying: Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. 

 Or Confucius saying: It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. 

Or Rabbi Hillel saying: Judge not thy friend until thou standest in his place.

But when you try to put them into practice fully,...

Oct 15, 2020 - Kent French

On Sunday, we follow again the arguments and controversies that Jesus willingly embroils himself in during his last week of Earthly life.

This Sunday's passage (Matthew 15-22) gives us Jesus' famous comeback to the goading Pharisees: "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's" (verse 21, King James version). 

I grew up...

Oct 08, 2020 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

There's no way around it, this week's lectionary story is a doozy and a half.

We hear a parable, perhaps familiar, of a King who invites the elite to his son's wedding banquet, and nobody accepts his invitation, so he throws open the doors to the palace and invites all the rabble rousers, common folk, prostitutes, tax collectors, and peasants in the kingdom. A...

Oct 01, 2020 - Kent French

Communion Sunday: We invite you prepare your own communion at home, whether with juice and a muffin or scone, milk and toast, wine and crackers, whatever works for you. We also invite you to prepare your table as you might for communion: with a candle, a special goblet or chalice, a special plate, and a tablecloth or placemat. We will consecrate the elements together on our Zoom worship.

It is...

Sep 24, 2020 - Kent French

This autumn, we are following the lectionary again, that centuries-old, three-year cycle of scripture readings for every day of the year. Now through the end of November (and the end of our liturgical year), it takes us through the last chapters of the Gospel of Matthew and into some juicy, head-scratching and provocative teachings from Jesus.

This Sunday features Jesus the badass debater (...

Sep 17, 2020 - Amy Norton

"We will get there, heaven knows how we will get there, but we know we will." 

"All manner of things shall be well."

"One day at a time."

"Bird by bird."

"Make it to midnight."

All of these mantras, prayers, and reassurances are meant as guides in an unpredictable, overwhelming wilderness. When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they began to get...