Showing posts from July, 2014

“Bad Things Happening to Good People” Hard Questions Series, July 20, 2014

Job 2:7-10  So the Adversary went out from the presence of God, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.  Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes.  Then his wife said to him, "Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die."  But he said to her, "You speak as any foolish person would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?"
Matthew 5:1-10  When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.  Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:  "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the realm of heaven.  "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 

“All the Saints” July 13, 2014 Hard Questions Series 2

Psalm 31:23 - 32:1   23 Love God, all you saints of the Holy One. God preserves the faithful, but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.  Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for God.
Romans 8:27  And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 16:1-3  I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae,  so that you may welcome her in God as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well.
Revelation 14:12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus.

Matthew 27:50-53  Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.  At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split.  The tombs also w…

“What’s the Word?”” MCC Windsor, July 6, 2014; Hard Questions Series 1

Note: Our summer series, Hard Questions began this Sunday. Earlier in the spring, I invited members to write down the questions they had about church, the Bible, theology, a message they had heard, or just something that made them wonder. Each week for the rest of the summer, we will be examining one of these topics. 

 Nehemiah 8:8
They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clearand giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.
Matthew 22:34-40 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,the Pharisees got together.One of them, an expert in the law,tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Holy One your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Will you pray with and for me? Holy One, we…

“Whose Family?” MCC Windsor, June 22 (Pentecost 2A)

Genesis 21:8-21 The child grew and was weaned,and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast.But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abrahamwas mocking, and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave womanand her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. I will make the son of the slave into a nationalso, because he is your offspring.” Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar.He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba. When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes.Then she went off and sat down about a bowsho…

“To the Very End of the Age” MCC Windsor, June 15, 2014 (Trinity A)

2 Corinthians 13:5-14 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.  We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored. This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority God gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down. Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a ho…

Friday Five--Summer Time!

It’s Friday and that means time for the RevGals Friday Five! (Yes, I know I've missed several. That is beside the point.)
Feel Good Friday! 1. What makes you happy in your happy hour? (kicking off shoes, reading a book, a cocktail, lemonade~~essentially, what do you do to relax at the end of your week...) Definitely kicking off the high heels I tend to wear on Sundays—which I call the end of my week, as Monday is my definitely designated day off). And then settling in with a book, while Sunday dinner cooks. I try to make that something special, rather than the quick-and-dirty (scrambled eggs, tuna melt, etc.) I am tempted to go with. Comfort food is good too. 2. I have a pair of shorts that I jump into the minute I get home for the evening--every day in the summer. What's your favorite summer "garment"? I like sun dresses—although you will rarely get me into a dress in the winter, I do like them in the summer—they feel cooler and more comfortable. I also love my Teva san…