In a week that saw the ramping up of tension and the threat of military and even nuclear response between the US and North Korea, and demonstrations by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Senior Minister Molly Baskette found it hard to create a sermon about God’s love as a solution.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God, including death. In the context of the theme “Summer of Love,” Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the relationship between love and death. We may be frightened by death, but it is what makes life precious.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. So says this mornings passage from Romans. Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny reflects on the nature of separation and distance drawing from her own early experience of leaving home to go to college and later moving across the country from her family.
Talking about God is complicated because we each have our own projections, images and cultural ideals about God, from the “big person in the sky” to the force or pulse at the center of the universe.
Besides being the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, this year is also the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia that struck down the remaining laws in 16 states prohibiting interracial marriage. Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in their home state of Virginia when their marriage certificate from Washington, D.C. was not honored.
In the scripture, the early community of believers were gathered together, learning a new way of being together in community “day by day”.
“Rejoice in the Lord, always. Again, I say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). In a continuing series of sermons about “joy,” Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter suggests that joy is multifaceted—it can manifest in a variety of ways—large and small, simple and profound.
In this passage from the Book of John (16:19–24) Jesus places sorrow right alongside joy. Senior Minister Molly Baskette suggests that it is easy to see what is broken around us and want to fix that in order to have our joy.
Emerging Leader Lauren Jewett explores the three parts of the familiar Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…”) Using the metaphor of a shepherd and a flock of sheep, God’s care for us established. Our needs will be met and God promises sanctuary when we are most terrified.
Palm Sunday is the beginning of a series of events leading up to Easter Sunday.