December 30, 2007

This morning’s worship service included four reflections on the scripture readings. The first three reflections were delivered in conversation with the children of the church. The fourth reflection was delivered from the pulpit. Whether you are experiencing these reflections for the first time online, or whether you were present at St. Andrew’s and are re-reading them now, I invite you to consider the questions for your own reflection that follow each of my scripture reflections. ~ Amanda Reflection #1: “Giving Thanks for the Blessings of the Past” Good morning. Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year! I haven’t seen most of you since Christmas Eve. Did you have a good Christmas? I had a very nice Christmas. Nick and I had a nice quiet day, we cooked a special dinner, and we invited some friends over for good food and great conversation. Today, I am thankful for the Christmas that I just had — for the celebrations at church, and for the chance to rest and relax for a few days. Think about the Christmas that you just celebrated. What are you most thankful for? (invite sharing) Today is December 30th — almost the very end of the year 2007. This is the time when lots of people start thinking back over the year, remembering all the things that happened and all the things they did. Think about this year — 2007 — What are you most thankful for in 2007? (invite sharing) Today, now that Christmas is pretty much over, … Read more »

May 2, 2010

Revelation 21:1-6 Psalm 148 John 13:31-35 Behold! Behold! I make all things newbeginning with you, and starting from today.Behold! Behold! I make all things new My promise is true, for I am Christ the way. I am proud of our choir today for being willing to try something new by singing “Cantate Brasilia” this morning. The Latin words, though ancient, were new and challenging for us. And the complicated rhythms of the piece meant that we had to work hard to get them right and up to speed. But it was worth it, I think, to sing a new song to the Lord, and to share the enthusiasm and spirit of another culture in making music to glorify God. Behold! Behold! I make all things new beginning with you, and starting from today. Behold! Behold! I make all things newMy promise is true, for I am Christ the way. It’s strange and new for the minister to be delivering the sermon while sitting in a chair, singing and playing an African djembe drum. I’m not even dressed as usual in an alb and stole, but I’m dressed for worship at camp – in jeans and a bunny hug. I know that new things can be off-putting. We may not be sure whether they are appropriate or not. But I have discovered that praising God can be done with so many different voices and sounds and instruments. And when I bring out the drums at camp or here in the church, … Read more »