Beyond Deficit in the Face of Disaster

By Will Counts, then photographer for the Arkansas Democrat newspaper. Original caption states “A photograph taken by Will Counts of Elizabeth Eckford attempting to enter Little Rock School on 4th September, 1957. The girl shouting is Hazel Massery. ” This image was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for Photography.

From the story of meeting Jesus walking on the water we find not a mortality play of how we are deficit in the face of disaster, but that the story of Jesus is story that God is with us in disaster, when we are hated….and God is with the ones who hate as well.

The gospel reading from Matthew 14:22-33 is available to read (click for Matthew text) or listen to the Gospel read aloud in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

It Isn’t Just About Jesus

Our Christian Education Coordinator and Nevada’s Teacher of the Year Pam Ertel brings the message on the strange and bizarre opportunities for which we are thankful. There is an opportunity to take part in a guided meditation led by Pam Ertel during the message.

You can listen to the Luke 9:28-36 reading in our recording below, you may read Luke 9:28-36 by clicking on the reference Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Footprints of God

There is another installment from the families of Genesis of the serial “As the Stomach Churns” along with description of the kingdom of God in the here and now not the hereafter in today’s message of God’s footprints in the twisted journeys of our lives.

A story from the book The Hidden Life of Trees (not “Secret Life”) is referenced in the sermon today.

You can read the scripture by clicking: Genesis 29:15-28 or Matthew 13:31-33, 44-48 or listen to Matthew reading it in our recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the scripture and sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save an audio mp3 file for listening later.

Getting Rid of Weeds

Rather than a morality play, Father Jeff Paul asks us to look at the enemy who sows the weeds and invites us to consider that we are the weed planters. He relates 12 step recovery to the parable of letting go and letting God lead us out of the weed fields we plant and nurture.

You can read the scripture by clicking: Genesis 28:10-19aMatthew 13:24-30 or listen to Matthew reading it in our recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the scripture and sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save an audio mp3 file for listening later.

Broadcasting Grace

Father Jeff Paul tells us it is the parable of the sower, not the soil in Matthew 13. Listen to how God is generous broadcasting the seed and bringing forth an abundant harvest.

You can read the scripture by clicking: Psalm 119, Genesis 25:19-34  Matthew 13:1-9 or listen to Matthew reading it in our recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the scripture and sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save an audio mp3 file for listening later.

Getting Unattached To Burdens

Father Jeff checks in on the congregation’s experience with last week’s mirror challenge then goes on to reveals that today’s scriptures are written by people living in exile to people in exile, refugees, people, like us, carrying heavy burdens that we procrastinate in releasing. And when we can offer those burdens up to God…well, listen for yourself.

The gospel reading from Matthew 11:25-30 is available to read (click for Matthew text) or listen to the Gospel read aloud in the recording below. Father Jeff also refers to the Genesis 22:1-14 reading (click here to read) Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Relationship Not Reward

Father Jeff reveals that our scripture is not about reward and punishment but not losing relationship. He assigns homework with a mirror that weirded him out. Listen for instructions.

The gospel reading from Matthew 10:37-42 is available to read (click for Matthew text) or listen to the Gospel read aloud in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Non-resistance To Violence & Non-Violent Resistance

 

Father Jeff begins to explore with us how to understand the cross according to Matthew taking up this invitation and challenge of living a life of non-resistance to violence & non-violent resistance.

The reading from Genesis, Genesis 21:8-21 and the gospel reading from Matthew 10:24-39 are available to read (click for Genesis text, click for Matthew text) or listen to the Gospel read in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

A World Where Everyone Belongs

Father Jeff tells us that the Realm of God, the Kingdom of Heaven is coming near, not after death but here and now. How we remain in relationship by restoring people to the community even those who have died! A introduction to the world view and message of Gospel of Matthew.

The gospel reading from Matthew 9:35-10:8 and the Genesis 18:1-15 are available to read (click for Genesis text, click for Matthew text) or listen to the Gospel read aloud in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Grace, Love, and Communion

By Andrei Rublev – From here., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54421

Canon Theologian Chuck McCray brings a tableau, a parable told by Augustine, Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Summer of Love, and dummy math together in experiencing the mystery of the Trinity.

When Our Lord taught us Father, Son, Holy Spirit he wasn’t teaching arithmetic but the church has always been trying to do the math ever since

– Saint Basil

The gospel reading from Matthew 10:37-42 is available to read (click for Matthew text) or listen to the Gospel read aloud in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.