February 2020

Lent 1: The Need for Change We face temptation as we discern what God really wants for us. This is part and parcel of being alive but knowing this and having faith in the power of God to resist temptation, that’s what sets us apart....

It's Good to be Here If I could find that place where I know Jesus was always present and was not only just there but was there in a hugely emotional way then I could build a place there and bring people to it couldn’t I? ...

A Bridge From Old to New We are coming to the end of what some scholars believe are the most important series of texts in our 3-year lectionary cycle. This story today is the climax of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. His first official act to...

Transfiguration of Our Lord Today’s festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several days. On a high mountain Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This...

In today’s reading from Deuteronomy we are called to choose life by loving and obeying God. Much of today’s gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments. Jesus’ instructions to the crowd reveal a pattern of behavior that honors both God and the neighbor, resulting...

Age-Old Infighting In our Gospel today (Matthew 5:13-20), Jesus calls us to dedicate ourselves to be salt and light in the world, in order to witness to the kingdom of God in our midst.  As we think of our own flavor and illumination that we bring...

We focus this RIC Sunday asking the question, "How do we advocate for our marginalized siblings and those who are the most vulnerable in the room?" It is a service to set our hearts and eyes to God, asking for grace and forgiveness, leading us...

The Kingdom has Come Near The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) form the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ first sermon. And what a sermon it is! Remember how Matthew has structured his telling of the Gospel...