“What Does Resurrection Look LIke” by Marjory Bankson

April 4, 2021

pastel drawing by Martha Phillips

Easter Sunday

What Does Resurrection Look Like? To you? To us — today? Be holding that question as we turn to the text for this Easter Sunday.

While it was still dark, Mary Magdalene made her way through the shadows to the tomb where Jesus lay wrapped in linen cloths. The horror of what she had seen of his slow death weighted each step. She barely thought about how she would move the heavy stone that sealed the entrance. Why hadn’t she asked Peter, or John to come? She only knew she had go, to be close to his final resting place.…

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“A Ministry of Place” by Deborah Sokolove

March 28, 2021

photo by Sheri Bergen

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday, and, as we just heard, today’s Gospel readings begin with Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, while all around him people are waving palm branches and shouting “”Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Holy One! Blessed is the coming reign of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Or something like that.

I was baptized at Seekers Church on Palm Sunday, 1990 — 31 years ago. Looking back on that day, I had no idea was I was getting into.…

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“Living Water for a Thirsty World” by Nancy Lawrence

March 21, 2021

photo by Sheri Bergen

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Our name, “Living Water,” is taken from the 4th chapter of John,  from Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well, when he asks her for a drink of water.   [Reading selectively from Peterson’s The Message: ]

“How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman for a drink? (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)   Jesus answered, If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking ME for a drink, and I would give you fresh, LIVING WATER.”…

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“The Eyes to See, Ears to Hear Peace Prayer Mission Group” by Billy Amoss, Trish Nemore, and Ron Kraybill

March 14, 2021

photo by Sheri Bergen

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Celebration Circle has invited mission groups to offer sermons about their life together. Today, Billy, Trish, and Ron spoke about their own prayer life and their group life as members of the Eyes to See, Ears to Hear Peace Prayer Mission Group. Billy spoke “On Prayer,” Trish focused on “On Engagement with What We Don’t Want to See or Hear,” and Ron titled his section “On the Mundanity of Self-Care and the Need for Community.”…

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“Seeing God’s Grace – Through Leaders” by Margreta Silverstone

March 7, 2021

photo by Sheri Bergen

The Third Sunday in Lent

In Lent, we have been invited to reflect on Grace.  As a child growing up within a conservative Calvinistic church, I memorized Grace as the acronym – God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. It was a nice acronym, not really sure what is meant then and still not clear now.

Yet, at times, I think I know what grace is about, a little. I am invited to look for grace in these 40 days of Lent. In the natural world, this time is a time of darkness rescinding and coldness giving way to warm. …

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