Pastors' Blog

Archives: January 2022

Jan 27, 2022 - Amy Norton

Dear Beloveds,

As I pondered and planned my installation service, I thought about the passage from Ecclesiastes that our children studied and sang during our 2020 Epiphany Term: "for everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven". An installation liturgy is a beautiful way to bless and affirm the start of a new ministry covenant. And yet here we...

Jan 19, 2022 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

I've been thinking a lot about persistence lately. In their book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, authors Emily and Amelia Nagoski reflect on the ways that persistence can be both a strength and a disadvantage, especially for women and people of other marginalized identities. Our sacred stories are filled with persistent women: Hannah, the Caananite woman encountering Jesus, Martha, Mary Magdalene...

Jan 13, 2022 - Kent French

We hail the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior, as perhaps the greatest American prophet. A prophet being "an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God," and in the biblical sense, God's spokesperson holding people in power accountable to God's will.

We have watched in the 54 years since Dr. King's murder, as his image and memory have been iconized, beatified and even sanitized to become like a marble statue locked into our nation's memorial gallery of cultural heroes...

Jan 06, 2022 - Thomas Mitchell

Beloveds,

I hope that you’re all doing as well as you can amid this time of uncertainty and new beginnings. We’ll continue our Zoom worship services this Sunday with a retelling of the story of the Magi visiting Jesus and of their decision to return home by another way. We will also celebrate the joyful feast that is Communion!

The story of the journey of the Magi only appears in the Gospel of Matthew, yet its significance cannot be understated. As we encounter this story again...