What do you know about the book of Jonah? Put up your hands (metaphorically if you are reading this) if you know the name of the city to which God asks Jonah to go? Do likewise if you know the name of the city to which he escapes in order to take a … More Will You?
A sermon for the Epiphany/Baptism of the Lord from The Rev. Linda Mackie Griggs “And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.” If you had to choose a grammatical theme for today’s liturgy it would be verbs. … More Action Words
* Increasingly, I have come to understand that stories are all we have and that human beings create meaning from the stories they construct. Contrary to popular perception, meaning is not something lying around waiting to be discovered. It’s only through the construction of stories, that we bring meaning and purpose to life. Each one … More Worth Considering?
A sermon from the Rev. Linda Mackie Griggs for Advent III Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, John 1:6-8, 19-28 The first Christmas card Malcolm and I sent as parents was in the infancy of the now-common practice of sending custom photo cards pre-printed with greetings that you could choose from a menu of options: Merry Christmas! Happy … More The World Is About to Turn
* The book of Isaiah falls into three sections, each with a different author who between them span some 230 years from the 720’s to the 5teens BCE. In the O.T. lesson for Advent Sunday we encountered the voice we now recognize as Trito or Third Isaiah, who in the around 515 BCE addresses the … More Re-membering Memory
Advent hope The Old Testament lesson for Advent Sunday comes from the voice we know as the Third Isaiah, writing in the 6th-century BCE during the return of the Exiles from Babylon to Jerusalem. Like all Biblical texts, the writer has a context, writing for a specific audience facing real challenges as they live out … More Hope Is A Seed
First motif Last Sunday afternoon I sat around the table in the Stearns Room in the first of this year’s confirmation preparation classes with five people, three adults, and two teens, asking the question -who or what is God? Our discussion evolved over the course of our time together towards the hypothesis that the deepest … More Service, Reconciliation, and Resistance