Moment of Clarity With Rev. Lorrie Daly-Price
Extravagant Hospitality

Extravagant Hospitality

June 29, 2020

June 28, 2020 | In the reading this week from Matthew’s gospel we hear about the mission of the twelve disciples during Jesus’ life. They are placed in pairs and are given instructions on the message that they are to take to the communities. It’s not an easy message, but they are also offered the gifts that will allow them to bring healing within communities. Jesus encourages them to embrace the places where they are made welcome, and to shake the dust from their feet where they are not.

The world Jesus sends them to with the message is not an easy world. It’s a world where people wage war against one another, and their encounters will sometimes have them fleeing for refuge.

There is no equipment for the task, other than the clothes they wear, for they are to rely on the kindness of others. Then Jesus moves from addressing the disciples, and instead offers instruction for those who might welcome them. Those who arrive at the door, or into our lives, bringing the presence of Jesus are to be offered hospitality. Offering hospitality brings us into the community of Christ, inviting us to participate in the mission.

How Deep Is Your Love?

How Deep Is Your Love?

June 22, 2020

June 21, 2020 | The reading we hear this week from the gospel of Matthew, speaks about God’s faithfulness. God invites us to look beyond our own resources and self-interest so that we are able to see a larger vision of life. When troubles surround us, we are not alone; God is with us.

In the reading the disciples find themselves facing persecution but are reminded to remain faithful. They are to continue embracing the joys and the tragedies of life in their totality. Jesus tries to explain to them that by moving beyond their own anxieties will provide them the comfort of resting safely in God. Perhaps the readings this week are asking us to consider what limits we place on ourselves? What if we were to put our complete trust in the path that God has set before us for the future? I wonder what would happen?

A Commission of Compassion

A Commission of Compassion

June 17, 2020

June 14, 2020 - Our reading this week comes from Matthew’s gospel. It is the call of the first disciples and the message that they are commissioned to carry out for others to hear. The message is simple: The kingdom of God is at hand. God is real. God is present. God is near to us, in us, around us, alive and powerful. There was no requirement to memorize a bunch of passages from the Bible or some long confession of faith statement. Their original message was very simple: the power and presence of God is alive, near and around you.

Then these first disciples were given a simple method to carry this out. They are told to go to the needy, the sick and the disabled. Go to the people who have a real felt need for God’s help in their lives. They are told to simply go to those around them who have obvious needs for God’s power and presence to help them in their time of need.

Relationships

Relationships

June 8, 2020

Sunday, June 7, 2020 | This Sunday we share some of the closing words from Jesus in the gospel of Matthew. Jesus and the disciples are up on the mountaintop in Galilee. Here Jesus instructs them to go out, with full authority into the world. These are rather lofty goals for them to accomplish. Yet Jesus tells “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…”, teaching them to obey everything that has been commanded of them. A passage commonly called the Great Commission.

These parting words of Jesus are intense. Jesus has given them everything they will need to accomplish what is set out before them including his promise to always be with them.

A comforting thought for all of us, don’t you think? That no one ever stands alone.

Pentecostal Power

Pentecostal Power

June 1, 2020

Sunday, May 31, 2019 | Pentecost is a wonderful day. It's a day of celebration. Lots of people call it the birthday of the church – the day when the church was really born, came to life, knew it could survive and thrive and change the world This morning we could spend our worship time saying “Happy Birthday Church!”

It's the day the people heard the good news of Jesus' message: God's love for everyone –in the language they needed to hear. The language of their home lands.

We could ask ourselves what languages do we need to speak so that everyone can hear? The language of Instagram and text; the language of technology, economics, science and of education. So many languages so many ways to speak the gospel. How to translate, how to be faithful?

Good Pentecost questions but for this Pentecost let us focus on this message:

God is with you. God loves you. God is there for you when you think you are alone. God’s Spirit comes at the most unexpected times with courage and strength when you think there is none.

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