Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny shares stories of doing theater and improv from the time she was in high school and the sense of freedom and excitement that it gave her.
Although the proverb about fools and their money being soon parted is not Biblical, Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter suggests that it is still apt.
In the morning’s story, Jesus invites his followers to “take up their crosses and follow him” (Mark 8:27-35). Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman begins with the premise that to take this difficult road is not the price we must pay to be loved or to feel like we belong.
The state of the world can seem perilous. Political life in the United States seems chaotic. Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter describes his attempts to share his experience of life with our current president to his InterPlay friends in Australia in performance in January.
The first Sunday in January is generally Epiphany Sunday, when we celebrate the “coming of the light” that was Jesus’ birth. The story for the day is about the Wise Ones who followed a star to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem where they found the baby Jesus. The first Sunday of each month is also all-ages worship when the children stay for the whole service.
Advent and Christmas is a time when we celebrate the coming of God-ness to the world in the form of a baby. It is a powerful symbol of both possibility and humility and it is easy for us to respond with openness and love.
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.