“Death and Resurrection, Here and Now” by Elizabeth Gelfeld

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 26, 2023

In the final chapter of his book The God We Never Knew, theologian Marcus Borg traces the meaning of salvation in the Bible. Borg titled this chapter “Salvation: What on Earth Do We Mean?” to make the point that the primary biblical understanding of salvation has to do with our present life – not with an afterlife. In the Hebrew scriptures, a belief in life after death is not clearly stated until the book of Daniel, only about 165 years before the birth of Jesus. The Christian scriptures also affirm the belief in an afterlife, but that’s not what salvation means.…

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“The Gift of Sight” by Jacqie Wallen

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 19, 2023

Deborah asked me to preach today, and I did my best to respond joyfully (as we commit to doing in Seekers) even though I had no idea what the lectionary readings were going to be.  I feared they would be difficult or confusing or completely mystifying but I was pleasantly surprised to find them so rich that I immediately had a lot of ideas about where to go with them.  Especially the story of Jesus healing the blind man, which contains a wonderful interplay of so many possible ways of seeing and being blind. …

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2023 March Stewards Minutes

Seekers Church
Stewards Minutes
March 5, 2023

Present: Dave Lloyd (meditation leader), Deborah Sokolove, Elizabeth Gelfeld, Glen Yakushiji, Jacqie Wallen, Joan Dodge, John Morris, Judy Lantz, Ken Burton, Margreta Silverstone, Marjory Bankson, Peter Bankson, Sandra Miller, Trish Nemore (recorder), Vincent Shepherd, Cynthia Dahlin (moderator),Brenda Seat, Keith Seat.

Visiting Member: Anita Jackson

Meditation: Dave brought the meditation.

Housekeeping: Stewards will next meet on Sunday, April 2nd, time to be determined.  On zoom.  Cynthia and Margreta will be absent.

Moderator – Ken Burton

Meditation leader – Sandra Miller

Recorder – John Morris

Preaching Report from Celebration Circle:  Peter offered us a set of slides of the demographics of our preachers as well as an illustration of themes and subjects for the year. …

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“Living Water” by Glen Yakushiji

The Third Sunday in Lent

March 12, 2023

As our Lenten theme this year Celebration Circle has chosen It Depends on Faith. I like that idea. I am thinking of faith as the foundation of my spiritual life. Like the foundation under a building faith has to be rock solid.

Traditionally, Lent is a season of preparation for the celebration of Easter. These two liturgical seasons track the natural seasons of the northern hemisphere, winter becomes spring; the time to preserve energy for the next season of growth.

In the gospel scripture, when Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a well he asks for a drink of water. …

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“The Echoing Green” by John Morris

The Second Sunday in Lent

March 5, 2023

The reading from Romans this morning seems very difficult to me.  I wish I could transpose myself into the mind of a Greek-reading early Christian, so I could understand how these words were received!  For us today, all we have is a translation of a language that was very different from ours in many ways, and separated from our era by two millennia.  It’s a hard gap to bridge.

Not being a scholar, I’m just going to give you my sense of what the passage might mean, or at least what it means to me. …

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