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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Neighborhood Watch Matthew 24:36-44  Happy new year, everybody!  Happy new church year, that is.  Today is the first Sunday of Advent and the start of an entirely new year of life together as the community of faith.  Today, everywhere in the world, various expressions of the Christian church are beginning again, a whole new year, a new adventure of the life of discipleship.  Perhaps you were unaware that for the past several… Read More

I first read some version of this prayer more than ten years ago.  It was written by a friend and mentor of mine, Rev. Sharlande Sledge, who probably was the first woman I ever saw in a pulpit wearing a clerical robe.  As you will see, she also has a gift with words beyond compare.  With her permission I first used this prayer at a community Thanksgiving service many years ago.  The… Read More

Enough Bread 2 Kings 4:42-44 Special thanks to Elizabeth Hagan for her help with this one! Even if you haven’t checked a calendar lately, it wouldn’t be too tough to know that the holidays are coming up.  Yesterday, five different people asked me what my plans for Thanksgiving are—it seems like everybody is gearing up for the big week ahead.  In my family, and probably in yours, too, the annual tradition involves… Read More

Kindness Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. How you ride and ride thinking the bus will never stop, the passengers eating maize and chicken… Read More

Death in the Pot 2 Kings 4:38-41 Welcome back to the ongoing saga of Elisha the Israelite prophet.  You’ll recall that over a period of four weeks in worship (this is the third) we’re making our way through one chapter of the book of 2 Kings, four stories from the fourth chapter of the book.  Last week we heard the long and involved story of Elisha and the Shunammite woman, where Elisha… Read More

What to Remember When Waking David Whyte In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake, coming back to this life from the other more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world where everything began, there is a small opening into the new day which closes the moment you begin your plans. What you can plan is too small for you to live. What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough… Read More

Elisha and the Shunammite Woman 2 Kings 4:8-37 I am wondering this morning: how many of you knew Clarence Cranford? “Cranny,” as he was affectionately known, was pastor of this church for a total of 29 years.  He began his pastorate in 1942 and retired in March of 1961 . . . then he came back to be pastor in November of 1961 then finally (really) retired in 1971.  Kind of like… Read More