The Pastor’s Collection

Getting Lost

Luke 15:3-10 (NRSV) In the introduction to Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, “An Altar in the World,” she tells about a time when she was invited by a “wise old priest” to come and talk with his congregation. When she asked him, “What do you want me to talk about,” he...

New Church Year

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light. Once you weren’t a people,...

Beginner’s Mind

Romans 12:9-17 (NRSV) One of the things I love about the way we practice our faith around here, is that we have an openness to the wisdom, not only of our own Christian tradition, but of other faith traditions as well. For instance: if you spend any time studying Zen...

Hurricane Relief

“Holy God, you are an ever-present help in times of trouble. We put our hope in you on behalf of those whose lives have been affected by tragedy in the Bahamas. We pray their peace and comfort, asking for help for those who have suffered loss. We pray calm for those...

Remember the Sabbath

Mark 2:23-28 (NRSV) A funny thought occurred to me when I was writing my sermon this week. Today is Labor Day Sunday, a day on which we often celebrate those who labor. But we celebrate it by giving people a day off so they don’t have to labor. O.K. Maybe it’s not...

On Tolerating Intolerance

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbors eye…” — Mathew 7:5 New Revised Standard Version Dear Friends, Yesterday, driving to church, I pulled up at a stoplight behind a car with an...

Taking Refuge

Psalm 71:1-6 (NRSV) When I was living in Maine, there was a Public Broadcasting program I used to catch every once in a while. It was called, Down Memory Lane. The host, Toby Leboutillier, would play music going back decades that, according to the website, originally...

CAT Feedback Session

The seed that fell on good soil are those who hear the word and commit themselves to it with a good and upright heart. Through their resolve, they bear fruit. — Luke 8:15 Common English Bible Dear Friends, HOLY COW!! After a summer of waiting, we are fast bearing down...

Unconditional Love

Matthew 22:34-40 (CEB) I had a chance to do a wedding yesterday with a Jewish cantor by the name of Claire Metzger. It was a lovely, combined Christian and Jewish service, complete with vows and rings exchanged, blessings sung, the breaking of the glass, all under a...