Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Different Kind of King: Revelation 1:4b-8

This week's passage is Revelation 1:4b-8. We celebrate the last Sunday of the church year today: Christ the King Sunday. Because my husband helped me do something different with the children's message today, I had my daughter take a video. We're missing a few lines in the middle where her phone glitched, but the main gyst is that our friend, King Chris, read his calendar wrong and showed up to be celebrated today. I've included the video of that for your enjoyment. 

Because of the trouble the past couple weeks getting my old podcast service to work, I'm switching to soundcloud. This service will a) make it easier to post my audio and b) work. If you follow me on soundcloud, the audio will go up quickly on Sunday after church and you'll only have to wait for the manuscript here. I hope this new system works well for all of us! 


Monday, November 16, 2015

We Cannot Turn Them Away: a brief reflection on Matthew 25:31-46

Matthew 25:31-46 (English Standard Version)
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” 

I've been mulling about this and thinking and praying over it for a while, but really I can sum up my feelings on this passage in light of recent news thus: I'd rather take my chances with letting in someone who might possibly be involved with a condemnable terror organization than turn away Jesus hungry and naked at the gates. 

That's it. I told you it was a brief reflection.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wednesday Holiday Craft-a-long

It occurred to me this weekend that I didn't get a new craft tutorial up this week. So today. . . you get two!

The first is not my own tutorial, but one that I thought was too fun not to pass along. I saw a few videos for this, but this is the first I'd seen. Another suggests writing on the mugs with sharpie and baking to set it. I may try that later. I don't have pictures of my mugs (they are still drying as I post), but I tried this on a variety of light colored mugs I got for $0.25-0.49 each at the Goodwill. It totally works!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Brick by Brick: Psalm 127, Hebrews 9:24-28

Dear friends, I'm so sorry about the late posting of this week's sermon. The past week or two have been a whirlwind. The passages from this week are Psalm 127 and Hebrews 9:24-28.