Witnessing the impossible

Witnessing the impossible

The story doesn’t end there – or anywhere. The disciples go out to follow the Risen Christ to preach to all nations, to preach good news to the poor and proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

They continue the mission and they witness to the seemingly impossible ways that God’s work and Word surrounds us.

And their story grows, and their witnessing clothes others with power from on high and their joy gets passed from generation to generation until it reaches us.

The Gift of Love, a sermon for Mental Health Sunday

The Gift of Love, a sermon for Mental Health Sunday

On this Mental Health Sunday, may we commit to do just that: to be a sanctuary where everyone is welcome exactly as they are; where we will not be afraid to talk about mental health; where we will push our legislators and leaders to provide funding and support for mental health for all; where we will hear God’s call to simply reach out to others and ask “are you okay?”

We may not have Jesus’ gift of miracles but we do have the gift of love.

Abundant Fishing

Abundant Fishing

It’s about all of us. We’re not in this alone. When Simon Peter was lost and afraid he went back to fishing – to what he’s always known, what brings him comfort – the rest of them went with him. He said “I’m going out to fish” and they replied “we’ll go with you.”

Easter Fear

Easter Fear

Fear is part of the human story. Their story is our story. We’re afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of who we don’t know, afraid that there’s not enough for us or that someone else will get there first. We’re afraid that we’re alone, afraid to speak out and stand up. Afraid of what comes next.

But God’s part in this story tells us differently. Ever since the beginning, God’s word says “don’t be afraid.”

Just Be Held

Just Be Held

Stop holding onto to our worries about whether there is enough – enough food, enough things, enough possession and just be held by the God who knows what we need.

Stop holding on to our concern about whether we are enough – let go of our quest for power and prestige and glory and just be held by our God who loves us exactly the way that we are.