December 3, 2021

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Advent – December 12, 2021 Zephaniah 3:14-20 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 This Sunday we celebrate joy and transformation. We light the third Advent Candle and celebrate the joy of relationship with God, each other, and the wonder of creation. Yet, this joy must come in the waiting. A precursor to joy is creative transformation, changing our paths, and opening to God’s wider vision, taking us out of ourselves to care... Read more

November 28, 2021

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday of Advent – December 5, 2021 Malachi 3:1-4 Luke 1:68-79 Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6 Advent is a time of prophetic restlessness. For seeing the contrast between the world as it is and the world that could be if we join in God’s vision of Shalom. In Advent, we are not only restless in anticipation of the Christmas holiday. We are also restless as we look at the world and national stage, and our... Read more

November 20, 2021

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Advent – November 29, 2011 Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:1-10 I Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 How do we feel as we look toward the future? Do we see continuity or discontinuity? Do we expect gradual evolution or cataclysmic change? Is the future filled with hope and fear, or a mixture? Will our galaxy – and planet – collapse when Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way collide? Is there truth in the constant re-dating... Read more

November 12, 2021

The Adventurous Lectionary – Christ the King/Realm of Christ Sunday – November 21, 2021 2 Samuel 23:1-7 Psalm 132:1-12 Revelation 1:4b-8 John 18:33-37 For many progressive Christians, the Reign of Christ Sunday smacks of religious and political imperialism. It suggests that Christ is the ultimate authority and Christ gives us authority to lord it over persons with whom we disagree as well as persons from other faiths. There is a danger in thinking you have the fullest measure of truth.... Read more

November 7, 2021

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – November 14, 2021 I Samuel 1:4-20, Psalm 16, Hebrews 10:11-25, Mark 13:1-8 I grew up seeing a refrigerator magnet promising, “prayer changes things,” whenever I opened our family’s refrigerator. That affirmation has stayed with me all my life. I am a pray-er for things large and small. I have studied the research on prayer and health, and believe that in mysterious and incalculable ways, prayer makes a difference. Although... Read more

October 30, 2021

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost – November 7, 2021 1 Kings 17:8-16, Psalm 146, Hebrews 9:24-28, Mark 12:38-44 Today, we move from Ruth to the widow of Zarephath and a widow in the Jerusalem Temple. Out of their scarcity great abundance emerges when they place their lives and possessions in God’s hands, trusting God’s promises of a future filled with goodness and hope. God is faithful when we feel most in need, spiritually and economically. We... Read more

October 29, 2021

The Adventurous Lectionary – All Saints Day and Sunday – November 1 and 7, 2021 Isaiah 25:6-9 Psalm 24 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44 All Saints Sunday – and All Saints Day – celebrates the interplay of tradition and transformation. We remember the saints, those who were faithful to God throughout history and in our congregations, and commit ourselves to embody the living thoughts, values, and actions of our deceased companions and saints of the church. We grieve on such days,... Read more

October 25, 2021

The Adventurous Lectionary – Twenty third Sunday after Pentecost – October 31, 2021 Ruth 1:1-18 (3:1-5; 4:13-17) Psalm 146 Hebrews 9:11-14 Mark 12:28-34 I believe that context is important in preaching and scripture study. We must study and preach in light of our current political, social and economic context. In that regard, reading Ruth requires us to ponder the immigrant caravans from Central America, the deportation of Haitian asylum seekers, our attitudes toward Afghan immigrants, alongside the xenophobic, inflammatory, and... Read more

October 17, 2021

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost – October 24, 2021 Job 42:1-6, 10-17 Psalm 34:1-8 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:36-42 All of us need divine mercy. All of us are “standin’ in the need of prayer” and need the wisdom and guidance of God for the journey ahead. There are times that we need to call upon God, and discover that despite the power differential between God and humankind, God asks us “What do you need? What is... Read more

October 9, 2021

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 21 – October 17, 2021 Job 38:1-7, 34-41 Psalm 104: 1-9, 24, 35c Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45 Today’s scriptures join the Infinite and the intimate. Divine glory and divine suffering, challenging us to embrace both awe and sacrifice, everlasting life and painful mortality. Job begins and ends in divine conversation. The ambiguous dialogue, “pissing match” between God and HaSatan, morphs into a divine revealing of the universe in its wondrous complexity and a meditation on... Read more

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