I suggest that the eucharistic statement to “do this in remembrance of me” might be rethought as doing aspects of our living in a motherly, Jesus way. In fact, try this. Mentally say “be,” rather than “do.” Be this in remembrance of me. Be filled with the strong love manifested by Jesus, and all the women of the faith. Remember the love and power of the mothers of the Black church – the glue that has held the church together for generations. Be filled with the strong love that your mother or a mother-figure gave you, even when you were furious at her, or disappointed in her. Or even when your mother-figure was a man. For those who knew mistreatment at the hands of a mother figure, can you find strong mother love in God, in Jesus? It is there. Can you find a channel for that strong love to flow from your heart and mind out into a world that desperately needs mothering in so many ways? I hope so. There are angry, abusive individuals in our world, and we will all be better if we can free ourselves to give – and gracefully to receive – a little divine mothering.
Blessings, – Pastor Carol
Blessings, – Pastor Carol
As part of our Easter season theme of Love, last Sunday we experienced God’s love in music – as an instrumental counterpoint to our beloved hymn sings. As the music flowed, we felt ourselves touched by the Holy Spirit and the miracle of creativity in the composers, and in the talented young musicians, Heather, Aaron, and Sarah, who played for us. Truly, God speaks to us in many languages – the wind in the trees, the splash of little waves on a lakeside beach, the happy cries of children playing, the voices of friends and loved ones, the intertwining of notes and rhythms.
May you float on life’s river with joy, – Pastor Carol
To carry the special love of God to others takes courage. In this world of secular powers, in politics and business,
The resurrection is real because we are still talking about it. The fact that Jesus lived changes lives. He did not disappear from human history like a thousand other failed messiahs in his time and later. History is different because he lived, and because in the hearts of so many, he still lives. Do things really have to happen this way – that we have to stumble through pain and difficulties? Resurrection, a rising again, may be just a moment, or it may be a life journey, a series of moments. Rise, my friends, be resurgent. There is work to do, and a long path ahead to create the world of shalom, of wholeness, that God desires. But that road is paved with love, and there is no escaping this joyful moment. There’s no escape, and it’s so good God wants us to play and sing in it. May you experience your own personal Easter – in fact, many of them, in the days and weeks to come! Alleluia, Christ is risen!
We must change the narrative about guns in this country. When the gun is reverenced as God, it is an affront to the God of love and life who treasures us. This is a sin. (I know, there is that word that progressives don’t like). We don’t get to shrug and say “nothing can be done” about the NRA pipeline of money to legislators, the resultant lack of any reasonable gun control legislation and the ongoing death of innocents with weapons of war. There is no excuse for us not to step up and change this story. It’s not a certainty, and our young people are showing that so courageously. Nothing is certain, my friends, except that God calls us to March for Our Lives into the face of this tragedy we have created for ourselves. And change it.
The word “sacrifice” means to “make holy;” to give a holy gift. It is living, not dying, that creates a holy gift of self, especially when that living is against great odds – opposition, danger, criticism, illness, hunger and thirst. Sacrifice does not always mean pain, deprivation, and dying. True, sacrifice is not always easy, but the single most important thing to notice about John 3:16 is that God deeply loved the world God created, and longs for creation to thrive. God loved by the gift of Jesus, as well as other holy prophets and teachers. The gift of Jesus set in motion real consequences for humankind. God loves by the gift of youinto the world, also setting in motion real consequences. You are that important. This is not a disinterested act on God’s part. That was Jesus’ message. I’m here because the God who loved you of old, still does. I’ll show you, tell you, teach you.
Give of yourself; you are a great gift — Pastor Carol
There is much we can and should be angry about, righteously indignant – the fact that innocent people die in the violence and warfare in this world when we have the capacity to stop it. That people die of hunger, thirst and preventable diseases, when there are more than enough resources to go around. That there are such inequities in access to education, employment and technology that we create a permanent underclass in this country. The fact that so many are denied basic human rights because of their color, religion, language, gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation. These things should make us angry. We should get hot enough under the collar to say something, and not only say something, but do something. Especially if we purport to call ourselves Christians.
Get hot under the collar for Jesus — Pastor Carol
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