June 27, 2018
June 24, 2018 | In the storms we face in life, God is with us. Facing what seems like impossible odds, we receive divine guidance and energy to make it through. By trusting God we can do greater things than we could ever imagine. The impossible becomes possible.
We hear two stories this week. The first is the story of David and Goliath. What child doesn’t love this story!? This is the story with inspiration for the “Rocky” and “David” within all of us. The underdog gets defeated, the weak defeat the strong. But the deeper message is that when we put our trust in God, we can respond with courage and strength to the forces that threaten to defeat us.
Then we hear in Mark’s gospel how Jesus stills the storms of life as well as the storms of nature. The disciples panic when a sudden windstorm rocks their boat, filling it with water. In their fear they call upon Jesus, whose calm voice stills the storm. Their fear toward the storm changes because they come to realize that even in difficult situations God is with us.
June 18, 2018
June 17, 2018 | This week we hear a parable from Mark’s gospel that describes the surprising growth of God’s kingdom. It is described as the smallest of seeds that can become great, such as a large plant giving shelter to the birds. The broadcast of seeds, falling everywhere, is the precursor to a abundant harvest. A reminder that small things are beautiful and that God can do great things from small seeds.
Today’s readings inspire us to see God’s energy and insight present in unexpected places and that includes ourselves and our congregation. We look beyond the obvious to discover God moving in unlikely persons and situations. In all things God works for good and though seeds often appear to be unimportant, a great harvest and wonderful possibilities are on the horizon for those who see with eyes of faith and bring forth great things from small beginnings.
June 11, 2018
June 10, 2018 | The readings this Sunday have a thing or two to say about family. Who do we consider to be family? Who do we turn to when we need help? In ancient times family had a different meaning than it does today. Many of us see our families consisting of ourselves, parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, special aunts and uncles or cousins. In biblical times families consisted of many, many people that also included great aunts and uncles, all first cousins and second cousins were all considered a central part of the family. Family get togethers could almost be seen as an encampment as there were so many people gathered together in one place.
In this week's Gospel reading Jesus looks around him, he takes in everyone seated and says, “Right here right in front of you - my mother and my brothers.” This idea of family greatly impacted the beginning of the church because it was inclusive of all people. All are part of God’s family.
June 4, 2018
June 3, 2018 | What does it mean to be called or to have a calling? How do we discern the voice of God? What am I called to, what are we called to? We think about these sorts of questions this week as we hear the story of the call of Samuel. This is a beautiful little story, of how hard it is to know when God is calling.
Samuel is said to be about the age of 12 years when he becomes the assistant of the priest Eli. In the middle of the night, Samuel hears his name, “Samuel, Samuel” and goes running into Eli’s room, assuming, of course, that Eli was calling. But he is met with Eli mumbling, “Go back to bed! You’re dreaming!” Samuel settles into sleep and again the same thing happens. Well, as the saying goes, the third time’s a charm, Eli realizes what we as the readers/listeners know all along, that this is God calling!
What a wonderful story of how God was made manifest in an old man’s and a young boy’s life, that “Ah Ha!” moment when they finally get what was going on!