May 17 – Getting Un-stuck – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Last Thursday, May 14, was Ascension Day. But, you knew that, right? I’m sure The Ascension is a high holiday at your house. I’ll bet you celebrate with a cake with candle flames reaching heavenward. You probably release helium balloons and fly kites. Right? Well … maybe not. None-the-less, despite the fact that we all…

March 29 – A Confusing Morning – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

This is a confusing morning. It is a day of mixed messages, of conflicting signals. Today we are reminded that in the midst of life, we are in death, that the most joyful celebration too quickly can become the bitterest betrayal, that triumph can turn into defeat, and that the way that leads to eternal…

March 15, 2015 — John 3:16… — The Rev’d Willie Allen-Faiella

John 3:16.  Perhaps the best known passage in the whole Bible.  Beloved of banners placed in the endzone, beloved of bumper stickers and refrigerator magnets, wayside signs on rural byways — and so on.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not…

March 1, 2015 – What is your Cross? – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

We have received a true blessing today to have had the privilege of hearing Shaik Shafayat Mohamed as the first guest speaker in our Sunday morning Lenten Invest 2 Adult Christian Education series on Reconciliation. Shaik Mohamed helped us understand how reconciliation and peacemaking are understood in the Islamic tradition. In Christian understanding reconciliation is…

February 8, 2015 – The First Gospel – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

What would you include on your list of favorite stories about or sayings of Jesus? Your list, of course, would be different from mine, but I’ll bet there would be some overlaps. We’d both include the Christmas story, wouldn’t we? That manger scene and the angels and shepherds and wise men, right? I’d want to…