Moment of Clarity With Rev. Lorrie Daly-Price
Partners In the Gospel

Partners In the Gospel

October 30, 2018

October 29, 2018 | This week we hear a part of the letter that one of the early teachers in the church, Paul, wrote to Jesus’ people in a city called Corinth. Here’s part of what he told them:

We all know who makes the seeds for the people who plant them, yes? It’s God. So, God makes the seeds and the grains grow, and from the grains we can eat. In exactly the same way, God makes the beginnings of everything that grows in you, of everything that you make. In that way, God helps you to have more than enough so you can share it. When you share with generosity, when thanksgiving grows through you, you aren’t just supporting God’s people, you’re helping everyone else’s thanksgiving to grow—until it overflows!

When you share what you have, serving Christ’s ministry, you are living Christ’s call—and your generosity will invite others’ generosity. Prayers will flow for you in celebration of God’s grace and love in your life.

So we thank God, for this amazing gift!

The Law of Love

The Law of Love

October 23, 2018

Oct 21, 2008 | This week our reading comes from the letter of James, written for the Christian communities that were dispersed outside Palestine. It was composed to be primarily practical and to address some specific issues going on in a particular Christian community. Perhaps it was the church that James worshiped in or perhaps it was penned for another community elsewhere.

James’ emphasis is on being “doers” in this text, particularly regarding oppressed peoples and is part of what creates a bigger message within a short book. One preacher shared this story that makes this point very clear.

“One of the sermons I remember best is a sermon I didn’t actually hear. During the expected sermon time, the preacher offered only a few introductory comments - and then sent the congregation out of the sanctuary and into the community to be “doers” of all that we proclaim in church each Sunday. One church member said afterwards, “Every week, we hear the sermon. This week, we lived it.”

Power to Choose

Power to Choose

October 17, 2018

October 14, 2017 | 

Jesus talks about salvation in different contexts to different audiences and in different ways throughout the Gospels.

Sometimes he’s pretty confusing. Sometimes he’s a little clearer. Sometimes he speaks in parables and stories. But, nowhere else does Jesus so explicitly tell us than in our reading from Matthew’s gospel this week. Our scripture reading draws us to a challenging story about the consequences of not expressing love in the parable of the sheep and the goats. There is nothing soft and heartwarming. It’s rather piercing! 

Here Jesus divides humanity into two teams: the sheep and the goats. The sheep go to his “right hand,” are declared “blessed” and “inherit the kingdom prepared for them since the foundation of the world.” The “goats” on the other hand, aren’t quite as fortunate. They go to his “left hand,” are declared “accursed,” and are relegated to an eternity of “punishment.”

Stop and ask yourself, which team would you prefer to be on? I think Jesus makes this choice a pretty easy one.

Now, how do we get on the sheep team? How do we get picked for sheep duty? Well, the Good News is that Jesus tells us in detail. Being sheep of the shepherd is about following our shepherd’s lead and loving others as he has loved us.

Let Thanksgiving Flow

Let Thanksgiving Flow

October 9, 2018

October 7, 2018 | This week we celebrate what it means to be thankful. It is a wonderful thing to do gathered with family and friends. The question is how do we live in the spirit of thanksgiving?

Our reading this week from the Gospel of Luke is the story of the Good Samaritan. The story of a man who is beaten on the side of the road and left there to die. A priest passing by the man, avoids him by crossing to the other side. Certainly he could have named a number of things that he was thankful for even in same moment that he crossed over. So too for the Levite who also avoided the man. Maybe he was thankful for his status in life.

But their thanksgiving didn’t go anywhere beyond them. At least not in that moment when they both avoided the man injured on the side of the road. Their thanksgiving did not flow into the way they lived their lives.

Then we come to the Samaritan. What made the Samaritan compassionate, I wonder? Especially knowing that this man who was beaten on the side of the road would have been a Jewish man, a despised enemy of the Samaritans. What made him bandage this stranger’s wounds? What made him be that kind of neighbour?

Making Choices

Making Choices

October 1, 2018

September 30, 2018 | In the reading from Mark’s gospel this week, we find ourselves at the conversation where a John, one of the disciples, has questioned the authority of an outsider, one who was doing good works in Jesus’ name. The answer Jesus offers gives us needed guidance concerning our Christian relationships to other persons in the faith, and in the world.

John as a follower and student, has voiced concern over the ministry of someone who worked outside the mandate that had been given to the disciples. John told Jesus that the group stopped the man from doing such, because he was not one of them. Based on the earlier conversation recorded in this same chapter of Mark, where the disciples were warned about jealously guarding their own turf in the prospective kingdom.

Could it be that they were yet shielding their future political aspirations?

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