The scripture for the morning exhorts us to “keep watch” in anticipation of the return of the Son of Man (Mark 13:24-37). But how will Jesus return? In her sermon, Senior Minister Molly Baskette suggests that progressive Christians don’t focus on Judgment Day.
Guest preacher Rev. Lynice Pinkard deconstructs the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) to expose the greed and inequality that was represented in the story. She calls us all the a “dissident discipleship” which rejects the status quo and moves toward the way of love. The Kingdom of God is an alternative script, a viable choice. We can shift our attention from ourselves to each other.
Five foolish bridesmaids, five wise bridesmaids, ten lamps, a limited amount of oil, a bridegroom and a wedding feast—this was the subject of the mornings’ scripture (Matthew 25:1-13), an allegory about the kingdom of God.
In the scripture, Jesus challenges the religious authorities of his days suggesting to his followers that they follow what they say and not what they do (Matthew 23: 1-12). They promoted the orthodoxy of the day without lifting a finger.
Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the challenging parable of the distant landowner whose tenants abuse and kill his servants and son when they come to collect the harvest (Matthew 21:33-46).
First Church Public Theologian in Residence Marvin K. White uses the power of prophetic poetry to invite the congregation to “walk” in much the same way that Jesus walked with and among his people. He calls us to the humble pace of walking—the common and the pedestrian—and to “walking with” those that Jesus walked with.
In the scripture, Jesus gives some advice about what to do when someone offends you. He suggests talking directly first, before anything else.
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.
A minister colleague of Senior Minister Molly Baskette described the experience of attending the recent UCC General Synod, the national denominational meeting, as “two steps and a hug”—that he couldn’t go much farther than that before being warmly greeted by someone he knew.
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.