Strangers in a Foreign Land – August 17, 2014 – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

What do you know about being an exile, a stranger in a foreign land, an outsider completely dependent upon God’s mercy and the hospitality of others? I have very little experience of personally understanding such a situation although several times in my life I have been on the welcoming end. In the mid-1970’s my parish…

Christian Practice – August 10, 2014 – The Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

John Buchanan, editor and publisher of the bi-weekly magazine, The Christian Century, tells a story in the June 25th issue that touched my heart. It’s a story about Christian practice. Buchanan says that as a Protestant lad growing up he noticed that his Roman Catholic friends wore crucifixes, went to confession, ate cheese sandwiches for…

April 27 – The Second Sunday of Easter – The Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

It’s hard to imagine the impact that Jesus’ resurrection had on his closest followers.   His execution on the cross had plunged them into confusion.  According to the Gospel of John’s version of the story they apparently didn’t give any credence to Mary Magdalene’s Easter morning announcement to them, “I have seen the Lord,” or they…