July 31, 2019

July 31, 2019

Tonight we are here to ordain John Lein to the transitional diaconate. You’ll notice I said we and not, our Bishop Larry Benfield is here to ordain John Lein to the transitional diaconate. We are not here to be spectators watching a group of people in strange costumes dress a new member of their club, but to be participants in a divine mystery where God’s Spirit is the primary actor through all of us.

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July 28, 2019

July 28, 2019

We have two sets of choices: 1. When we see injustice, or want the world different, will we succumb to the temptation to use the methods of the evil one in the name of God, or will we resolve to hold to the non-violent patterns of Jesus even knowing what he faced? 2. Will we attempt to manipulate God into coming and fixing everything for us, the way too often sacrifices, prayers, and rituals have been understood, or will we allow ourselves to be manipulated into the tools of God’s deliverance? These are the tough questions that this prayer asks us to wrestle with, but not unaided; if we keep this prayer on our lips, we are promised that our hearts will change, the spirit will come, and God will be with us. AMEN.

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July 21, 2019

July 21, 2019

Are you worried and distracted by many things? I know I often am. It takes real effort to stop my frantic activity and sit quietly and simply listen in the silence. For about ten years I have been practicing a form of prayer called Centering Prayer. It is very different from how I learned to pray as a child or teen-ager, through a variety of formulae that I would use to tell God what I needed, as if God didn’t know already and then how I expected God to answer my prayers, as if I knew better than God what to do in each situation.

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July 14, 2019

July 14, 2019

If you’ve asked that question and are still wondering what we might say, I hope you hear Jesus’ response to the lawyer today, because that is our response as well – love God with all that you are and love your neighbor the way you love yourself. Jesus says to the lawyer, “do this and you will live.” But now comes the more difficult question – how do we love God and our neighbor? Living those ideals is much more difficult than proclaiming them as our core values.

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