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14 October Psalm 22:1-15 Job 23:1-9, 16-end Hebrews 4:12-end Mark 10:17-31 In last week’s readings we encountered the God of the “thrust out” who seeks to embrace and welcome in all people – particularly the vulnerable and discarded. This week, we are challenged to see not only these “hidden folks” […]

God of the “thrust-out”

I’ve been studying the feminist church later, particularly, the “church in the round” as a modern understanding of what it means to be Christian community. At the same time, I’ve been reading Rachel Held Evan’s book “Inspired.” As I looked at the lectionary readings this week these two influences together […]

Home (in God’s hands)

prayers for Proper 22B Opening Prayer by Christine Gilbert, from the 15th Assembly Worship Resource: Abundant grace, liberating hope [Lord God Almighty, King of Creation,] we come before you as real people – made in your image, broken in body and spirit, longing to be mended in the shape of […]

Star-gazing

As part of our journey during the Season of Creation, the Loop has created space for our community to encounter God in earth, humanity, sky, mountains and through the blessing of animals in different ways. This past Friday, we enjoyed the quiet out in Uranquinty, simply staring at the stars and […]

Earth Sunday: open your eyes

*reflection based on Romans 1:18-23 and John 1:1-14 for Earth Sunday – Season of Creation* A couple of years ago my optometrist told me that the best gift I could give myself when I hit 40 was a pair of reading glasses. I’m now 42 and quite proud of the […]

No fast food here

Reflecting on Jesus as the bread of life and the centrality of the table in the Christian community … a thought that may be used as a call to worship or in a communion service. There’s no fast food here. No dedicated drive-through lane to ensure easy come and easy […]

Best and worst

*an opening prayer inspired by the story of David and his son, Absalom, in 2 Samuel 13-18 and Ephesians 5:1-2* Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and […]

Your love is extravagant

Ephesians 3:14-21 and John 6:1-21 What comes to mind for you when you hear the word “extravagant?” By definition extravagance has to do with a lack of restraint in spending money or using resources. It’s a word associated with luxury, lavishness, comfort and indulgence. An extravagance is usually something optional, […]

Meditation: where God dwells

2 Samuel 7:1-10; Ephesians 2:17-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 The lectionary readings set for the week do something a little strange when it comes to the good news that we have been following in the Gospel of Mark: they scoop out the middle of the story (the feeding of the 5000 and […]