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Do Believe in Holy Spirit

After the followers of Jesus had made it through the shock of the death of Jesus, they had amazed it through the resurrection of Christ.  They lived in excitement in the 40 days of greatest hits of “tell me another.”  The disciples looked at the sky with the ascension wondering where Jesus had really gone as he went up to heaven.  Now,…

Do Believe in Resurrection

“DO Believe In Resurrection” Today, we begin a short series, three sermons on belief.  Three weeks to ground us on three crucial beliefs that we hold in common in the larger Christian church – resurrection, the vital role of Holy Spirit as we celebrate Pentecost next week, and then the mystery of Trinity as we together ponder Trinity Sunday, the following week.…

DO give seeds

This Easter, I received spinach seeds ahead of the planting season, along with a geoplanter, gardening gloves, and the right tools.  So, after I heard the frost warnings had passed us by (a bit harder this season), we diligently planted our small spinach seeds in our planter and have been faithfully watering them each day.  We are getting ready to plant our…

DO Include – Mental Illness

In the gospel lesson, we find the crowds, perhaps even Jesus’ own family, accusing and worrying that Jesus is out of his mind!  Things have gotten out of control and Jesus might have gotten a bit more here!   What should we do!? They find themselves wondering.  What is Jesus doing!! The complexities of family are not glossed over in anyway.  In fact,…

DO Value Each – Bullying

This year, we have been taking the challenge to read together the gospel of Gospel of Mark.  After a slight detour with Holy Week and Easter readings, we pick up back in chapter 3.  The writer of Mark gives a quick clear account of the gospel immediately as rushing us towards to the words that require our action and attention.  Immediately, we…

Do: Pause and Wait

I sat with him and waited.  His family had said good-bye.  They had gone home.  Chaplain, they asked, could you wait with James, until he passes over, they wondered.  Yes, I nodded.  And so, I sat with him and waited.  All of the machines had been turned off.  All of the medical professionals had taken leave.  And so, I sat with him…

Do Pause to join the parade

(8:30 Service) I can understand the excitement of getting accidently caught up in a parade.  I am pretty sure the first time I was in parade was by accident.  I got carried away with enthusiasm.  We decorated my bicycle with streamers, and I rode on my training wheels as fast as I could.  I pedaled as hard my 5-year-old legs could go…

DO Pause to Create

What kind of activities do you do to re-create God’s world?  This will be an actual question.   Anyone sew or knit or crochet?  Anyone do woodwork or restore cars or steel bending? Anyone paint or draw or do pottery?  Anyone cook or bake or can? Anyone garden or hardscape or fish?  Anyone write or code or web design?  Anyone dance or do…

Do Pause to See

In the early days of the American invasion of Iraq, there was a group of soldiers whose mission it was connect with a town cleric for organize and distribution of relief supplies.  However, the time was tense, and atmosphere was challenging.  A mob had gathered, fearing that the solders had come to arrest the spiritual leader, destroy their mosque, or desecrate their…

DO Pause To Be

The story goes that it is time for a couple to retire for the night.  You might think they walk right up the stairs and lay down.  But no.   Going to bed means: –     Making lunches for the next day; –     rinsed bowls in the sink; –     took meat out of the freezer for supper; – checked the cereal box levels; –…