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…

Yes! — December 21, 2015 — The Rev’d Willie Allen-Faiella

The on-going story of God’s interactions with humanity — or humanity’s on-going interaction with God, I guess it all depends on your point of view — is really quite amazing!  Today’s first lesson from the Hebrew scriptures’ 2nd book of Samuel reminds me of a story from the middle ages:   A young, rich, nobleman…

December 14, 2014 – John the Witness – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Today’s Gospel tells of the ministry of John the Baptist. John is mentioned in all four gospels. He has quite a bit to teach us this morning. Today’s lesson from the Fourth Gospel tells of the vocation of John. “Who are you,” the priests and Levites from Jerusalem ask him? What do you say about…