Archive for January, 2013

Being A Prophet

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Rev. Dr. Melanie Miller

January 20, 2013

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Contemporary Testimony:    a quote by Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an extremist of love; he was a militant for tenderness. He was a radical for sweetness. He was willing to talk publicly, openly, explicitly, unapologetically about love and love defined as steadfast commitment to the well-being of others. Because of that commitment, King was faced with unbelievable hurt and unbelievable sorrow. But he never allowed that sorrow to have the last word. We look back, in all of his rich humanity, and say, we miss you. We love you. We need you.

Biblical Testimony:  Isaiah 6:1-8  from The Inclusive Bible: The First Egalitarian Translation

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Holy One sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of the Holy One’s robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is YHWH Omnipotent! All the earth is filled with God’s glory.” The doorposts and thresholds quaked at the sound of their shouting, and theTemplekept filling with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am doomed, I have unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the Ruler, YHWH Omnipotent!” Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding an ember which it had taken with tongs from the altar. The seraphtouched my mouth with the ember.  “See,” it said, “now that this has touched your lips, your corruption is removed, and your sin is pardoned.” Then I heard the voice of the Holy One saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

I Am

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Rev. Liz Hulme Adam

January 13, 2013

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Contemporary TestimonyWilliam Saroyan, author, playwright

In the time of your life live.

Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free, and unashamed.

Discover in all things that which shines, and is beyond corruption. Be the inferior of no man or any men be superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself.

In the time of your life live. So that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.

Biblical Testimony:                 Exodus 3:13-15; Matthew 18: 1-4

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘“What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: this is my name for ever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.”

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Epiphany Around the Table

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Rev. Dr. Melanie Miller

January 6, 2013

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Contemporary Testimony: TheGreatChurch Year by Karl Rahner

A new year has begun. During this year, too, all the paths from east to west, from morning until evening, lead on and on as far as the eye can see, through the deserts of life, with all its changes. But these paths can be turned into the blessed pilgrimage to the absolute, the journey to God. Set out, my heart, take up the journey ! The star shines. You can’t take much with you on the journey. And you will lose much on the way. Let it go. Gold of love, incense of yearning, myrrh of suffering – these you certainly have with you. God shall accept them. And we shall find God.

Biblical Testimony: Matthew 2:1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him;4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.5They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:6‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”7Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared.8Then he sent them toBethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”

9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Hearing God in the Wilderness – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Rev. Dr. Melanie Miller

December 9, 2012

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Contemporary Testimony: an excerpt from Thomas Merton’s essay, “The Time of the End Is the Time of No Room”
[E]veryone is obsessed with lack of time, lack of space, with saving time, conquering space, projecting into time and place the anguish produced within them by technological furies of size, volume, quantity, speed, number, price, power, and acceleration. . . . We are numbered in the billions, and massed together, marshaled, numbered, marched here and there, taxed, drilled, armed, worked to the point of insensibility, dazed by information, drugged by entertainment, surfeited with everything, nauseated with the human race and with ourselves, nauseated with life.
There is no room for quiet. There is no room for solitude. There is no room for thought.
Biblical Testimony: Luke 3:1-6
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”