We gather this Sunday December 9th, 2018 at 10:30 am – Pageant Sunday
December 2, 2018 Doug Norris
It’s all about to get nice, soon, isn’t it? This beautiful season. There is a prophetic tableau of this coming niceness in the big window of the Bay store downtown. We’ve seen these for years – little mechanical figures, the kitchen is steaming and workshop buzzing, a pot to stir and a duck to pluck, toys to be made, guests to welcome… a scene of warmth and food and companionship and always a song playing which evokes the promise of peace.
In this scene is a kind of reversal of all of our exiles : where we have been apart we will be together, where we have been hungry we will be fed, where we have been alone we will find companionship. read more…
November 25, 2018, Rev. Karen J. Bowles
2 Samuel 23:1-5
Christ the King Sunday
I’m beginning to think that kids today are smarter than those of my generation. But I guess every generation feels that way. I remember my father scratching his head when the new math came out and mumbling something about the importance of completing my own homework. I felt the same way when one of my children was in high school taking a course called the theory of knowledge. It’s as heavy as it sounds. One of his essay topics was two statements in quotations followed by a question. The statements were “Different cultures have different truths.” and “A truth is that which can be accepted universally.” ‘What are the implications for knowledge of agreeing with these opposing statements?’ I must admit I read it 3 or 4 times before I even thought I understood the question and then mumbled something about the importance of completing his own homework. Well, I read his paper and he had identified 3 types of truth. Culturally learned truths, innate truths and scientific truth. We will consider these three this morning.
A set of reflections by, Kristin, Karen, and Doug, on the practice of greeting one another with a blessing of peace. The audio recordings are here in sequence, and printed text to follow .
Karen Bowles :
The Passing of the Peace is a part of liturgy that has ancient roots. Jesus said ‘Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.’ And we say these words to one another just as Jesus said them to his followers, and because Jesus said them to his followers. And for each of us these words and this action of turning to one another facing one another and looking one another in the eyes with the accompanying clasping of hands can be a confirmation, of community, of solidarity, of reconciliation. But for me, it can be all these things, but mostly it is of connection. read more…
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