Messy Church for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

First of all, a confession. I know Messy Church is a movement of churches doing wonderful work developing family friendly worship experiences. Our small congregation has few families with little kids, but I still find the idea of interactive, intergenerational worship with a focus on arts & faith to be a powerful one worth exploring.…

The Power of Love: a sermon for epiphany 4b

I can feel the energy this morning. There is much to do today: Superbowl menus to finish up–chili, buffalo wings, pizza, chips and dip, and the liquid refreshments of your choice. So much to do, i feel rushed myself. But, we’re all here; the game isn’t until 3:30. Perhaps we might pause a bit before…

worship pieces for epiphany 4b

Wisdom, knowledge, covenant, freedom and authority–all compelling themes on their own–weave their ways through this week’s Lectionary readings. What’s a preacher to do? I’m settling into Paul’s words to the church in Corinth. Knowledge is one thing, Paul argues, but it never trumps relationship. True wisdom is seen as sisters and brothers in Christ learn to…

worship pieces for epiphany 3b

While the primary focus of worship for Epiphany 3B is on the call stories in Mark 1:14-20, Robert Alter’s beautiful translation of Psalm 62 in The Book of Psalms provides the inspiration for these worship pieces. There is a simplicity within the psalmist’s affirmation of the peace he finds only in God. The Lectionary reading begins with…