March 29, 2020 — Peace in Lent — On the fifth Sunday in Lent, we heard a poem by Wendell Berry and a passage in which Jesus offers his friends peace (John 16:22-35).
March 22, 2020 — Faith in Lent — On the fourth Sunday in Lent and the first Sunday of spring, we heard Jesus say that faith can move mountains and reflected on how to maintain faith in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic
March 15, 2020 — Hope in Lent — On the third Sunday in Lent, I reflected on the COVID-19 pandemic in conjunction with a story of a conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman (John 4:5-28). The choir sang “Be the Love of Christ” — Ian
March 8, 2020 — Notes from the underground — On the second Sunday in Lent, I reflected on the Academy Award-winning movie “Parasite,” and compared its motifs of darkness and light with those from two Gospel readings — John 3:1-9 (being born from above) and Matthew 17:1-9 (the Transfiguration) — Ian
March 1, 2020 — “Going too far . . . or not far enough?” — On the first Sunday in Lent, we started the season with a story about Jesus facing three temptations following 40 days in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11); a reflection on what Lent might mean for us; and a celebration of communion. The choir sang “Dumela Kaufela”
February 23, 2020 — “Lost in translation” — We concluded a series of four Sundays on the “The Lord’s Prayer” with a reflection on a song by Leonard Cohen (“If It Be Your Will”) and a reading from Mark (Mark 14:32-42, Jesus prayers in Gethsemane). The choir sang “Jesus Ueja” – Ian
February 16, 2020 — David Faber delivered a reflection called “We are all God’s workers” based upon Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and 1 Corinthians 3:1-9.
February 09, 2020 — David Faber led a reflection on the light of Epiphany. The choir sang “This Little Light of Mine.”
February 02, 2020 — God help us — We resumed a series of reflections on the “Our Father” prayer that Jesus taught his friends. The choir sang “Bread of the World” and we celebrated the sacrament of communion.
January 26, 2020 — “Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?” — We joined with our Zimbabwean friends for worship and a simple lunch catered by The Congregational Care Team. I reflected on God’s call based on a reading of Matthew 4:12-23 in which Jesus calls his first followers. The choir sang “There Is No One Like Jesus” – Ian
January 19, 2020 — Kingdom come — We continued a series of reflections on the “Our Father” prayer that Jesus taught his friends (Luke 11:1-4) and on the place of prayer in our lives The choir sang “Patience” by Linnea Good – Ian
January 12, 2020 — “How, then, should we pray?” — We began a series of reflections on the “Our Father” prayer that Jesus taught his friends (Matthew 6:9-13) and on the place of prayer in our lives.
January 05, 2020 — Vision 2020 — On the 12th day of Christmas, we heard the other biblical story of Christmas, the one involving a star, Magi from the East, and a murderous rampage by King Herod (Matthew 2:1-18). I reflected on what might lie ahead for us in 2020 – Ian