Wednesday Worship Piece: Micah 6:6-8

Here is a call to Worship based on Micah 6:6-8

With what shall we come before our God?
Shall we come with lots of money for the offering basket?
Shall we bring our carefully scripted words?
Shall we sing on-key in perfect four-part harmony?
With what shall we come before our God?
With minds set on justice.
With hearts open to loving kindness.
With feet striving to walk the path of Jesus.

Reading the Scriptues

rainbow bibleI think this story from Nehemiah 8 is absolutely amazing. You have a group of people, hundreds of people, all the people, gathering together not to listen to a concert or watch a show, but to hear the scriptures read. Ezra begins reading: “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth.” And on through Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. And “the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law” from early morning until midday. Amazing.

A good reader could probably keep a crowd engaged through the narrative-rich books of Genesis and Exodus, maybe even Leviticus. Those books contain plenty of Hollywood-worthy bloodshed, sexual intrigue, and amazing phenomena–the flood, the burning bush, the plague of frogs. But once the reader hits Numbers . . . even the most dynamic speaker is likely to loose the audience. Continue reading “Reading the Scriptues”

Random Thoughts on Turning 41

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Showing off my gray hair. It’s there. I promise.

I’m irritated that all of the temporary hair color says it will “cover the gray.” I’m proud of my gray hair. I’ve earned it. And as a diminutive female, gray hair can only help my pastoral gravitas. Still, I’d love to be a redhead for a month or so. Where is the hair color that LEAVES the gray and just colors the boring brown parts of my hair?

I’m going to eat that crappy pizza in the freezer for lunch today. (I mean, I’ll cook it first.) I know I bought it for my husband, but it’s not my fault he hasn’t eaten it yet. It’s been like three weeks. And surely there is some sort of statute of limitations on these things. And it’s my birthday. And he’s not home.

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Star Gazers

bethlehem-star-remix-1-1381836-1599x2404There is so, so much in this Epiphany story. Good stuff. And hard stuff. Deep theological insights. Profound truths about the human condition. But this year it is the star that is pulling me in. And on one hand it feels like I should pay attention to some of the more earthly, serious aspects of this story. But on the other hand I have realized that I am definitely not alone in my fascination with the star.

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Reflection on John 1:1-14

nax3jJEHow is the Divine related to the human? How does the omnipotent deal with the vulnerable? What is the relationship of the Creator with the the created? How does the infinite interact with the finite?

The Gospel birth narratives—all three of them–give a startling answer.

Here’s how John puts it: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

Dwelt,” of course, is the King James word. More modern translations say that the Word “made his dwelling,” or “lived,” or “made his home” among us. Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase in The Message says: “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.”

Most literally translated, the term is the verb form of “tabernacle.” The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.

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