A Work In Progress

The Season of Advent is a time when all Christians have the privilege to delve into their religious imagination and actively wonder what does the Reign of God look like? While such daydreaming might be difficult, being surrounded by the season of hope and expectation makes it a little easier to imagine a world where…

Thy Will be Done.

  “Thy will be done.” These words are probably as familiar to us as our own names. For most of us, we began reciting these four simple words almost as soon as we learned to talk. The problem with familiarity however, is that over time, as the words roll off our tongues by rote, we…

Are You Ready to Follow?

In this week’s Gospel, we hear Matthew’s version of Jesus calling the disciples, Peter, Andrew, John and James. All are fishermen, all of whom, I assume, had known Jesus prior to his arrival on the shores of Galilee. I have to admit though, I get a little confused with the writer’s geography, because at one…

Be the Love of Christ

On the Monday after Easter, I had the privilege of presiding at Harriet Provost’s funeral.  When her daughter Cherie and I met to plan the service, we knew it would be small, because at 92 we knew there were not a lot of friends left to grieve her passing. Cherie also knew no one in…

Why We March Today

What an interesting day this is. We begin today praising Jesus and then end our day condemning him.  If ever there is a day of extremes in the church calendar, today is it.  But then again, the extremes of today may not be the polar opposites we think they are. Today is one of those…

No Where to Lay His Head

After our wonderful All Saints service last week, I have been a bit hesitant to focus on our reading from the Book of Amos. On first read, Amos’ statements from God, which say God despises our festivals and takes no delight in our assemblies, and God will not accept our burnt offerings, makes one wonder…

Repair Ye The Way!

Over the past nine and a half years, I have traveled the 170 mile stretch of the New York Throughway between Syracuse and Lee, Massachusetts fifty times. And it seems, every time I have traveled this stretch of highway some part is under construction. More often than not, there are two or three sections of…

Dining on Jesus

This morning we come to the end of the Bread of Life discourses that began three weeks ago with the feeding of the five thousand. Up until now, Jesus’ words have been reasonable as we are easily able to understand his use of symbolic language. This morning’s Gospel reading, however, is much harder to take…

Be Still!

The Disciples asked, “Who then is this that even the wind and the sea obey him?” And the answer is, it is God, the creator and the ruler of all the world, the heavens above and the sea below. This is the God we have come to know through the Son and come to worship…

Walk by Faith, Not Sight

In  November of 1989, one month after Chelsea was born, Maureen and I closed on what was the first and only house we have ever owned.  The house was built in the late 20’s and was shall we say, in need of some work. Well actually, lots of work! In fact, the house needed a…

Abide in Chrlst’s Love

Through out the years, I have always contended what made Jesus of Nazareth truly divine is that his will and the will of the Father’s were truly one. And, I have also contended that the victory of the cross was not the resurrection, but Jesus remaining obedient to the will of the Father all the…