February 12, 2017: Forgiveness and pardon…From the heart (Ray Bagnuolo)
Jesus’ words were to the community of his followers. He was telling his followers that if you are going to be a part of this, your life will be different. Your actions will be different. Your fears will be different. Your joy – beyond your expectation.
Reading Matthew 5:22 ff.
February 5, 2017: Traditions! (Ray Bagnuolo)
“I stood there somewhere between stunned and in awe. The infant’s hand was smaller that my thumbnail, her entire head barely the size of my inner palm. I had never seen a person so small, so fragile – so literally close to God and creation in the measurement of tic-toc time and kairos. Everything inside me shifted.”
Reading Luke 2:2-420
January 29, 2017: I don’t care who you voted for… (Ray Bagnuolo)
Matthew’s reading (5:1-12) introduces Jesus’ first extended teaching of Jesus in The Beatitudes. The promises they make are tied to the eternal life of the Spirit; they are the blessings on those who have often found themselves with “less than” in their society. The liberation of these words is that Jesus once again breaks the ties of God from anything that might hold one back on earth. These are the collective “Good News” in a profound way.
January 22, 2017 (Ray Bagnuolo)
Matthew’s reading (4:12-23) points out how we sometimes have to regroup, before we move forward in the ways we are needed. News of John the Baptist’s death surely rattled Jesus and what followed added new energy to his mission.
January 15, 2017: Reading from Mark Luke 4:14-30 (Ray Bagnuolo)
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday
“Twenty six of the ministers and almost 100 of the citizens of the city of Montgomery or were indicted in this boycott. But we realized in the beginning that we would confront experiences that make for great sacrifices, experiences that are not altogether pleasant. We decided about ourselves that we would stand up to the finish, and that is what we are determined to do. In the midst of the indictments, we still hold to this nonviolent attitude, and this primacy of love.”
From The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Montgomery Boycott.
This sermon is from the first weekend that we had planned for my candidating sermon. Church was canceled due to snow, and I offered this until we came together the week later!