Two or Three Gathered – February 12, 2017 – Epiphany 6A

Posted in Uncategorized on June 5, 2017 by classicchinny

 

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So you had some homework last time we met.  Were you able to recognize the sacredness in others?  When you looked at people, were you able to see that inside them was the same sacredness that we feel when we hold a newborn, that there is something holy, something special inside those you ran into this week?  Were you able to see the sacredness in each other?

Karoline Lewis reminds us of some key points of being disciples in her commentary on the Sermon on the Mount this week which I have adapted a bit.  She writes,

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Be a Blessing – January 29, 2017 – Epiphany 4A

Posted in Uncategorized on June 5, 2017 by classicchinny

Matthew 5:1-12

Question for you, sometimes we think of the Beatitudes as a report card, or a checklist. 16026640048_45131cc90a_b Yes, I am mourning, check.  Yes I am meek, check.  Yes I am merciful, well, mostly anyways, check.  Poor in spirit, well… not too sure what that one is about, so…. Half a mark there.

So how many marks would you need to get to pass to be blessed?  There are 9 Beatitudes in Matthew’s Gospel, so do you need 4.5?  What if you 4, will Jesus round up for ya?

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Off Ramp – January 15, 2017 – Epiphany 2 A

Posted in Uncategorized on May 27, 2017 by classicchinny

I’ve been wrong before.  Once or twice.  Factoria_I-405_offramp_sign

Let me explain.

Some of this is going to sound scary to you, and as I explain, you are going to wonder if everything is ok, and everything is.  It’s really great, this actually a good thing, but it is something that I am dealing with, that I am challenged with, and I have been feeling called to share this for some time.  I am sorry in advance.

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“Should”s and “Supposed to”s – Christ the King C – Nov 20 2016

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2016 by classicchinny

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When a king is born, who do you think the king’s parents are?  Well, they were kings and queens themselves – because a king passes down his crown to his oldest child, so a new king is born, his parents are usually a king or a queen already.

When a king is born, where do you think they are born?  In the castle.  When a king is born, who would be around there? All the servants are bustling around.  When a king is born, who usually comes to see the new baby king?  All the fancy people, other kings and queens, and lords, and knights, and the very high up people.  Who follows a king?  Well, only the people that live in the kings kingdom.  If you lived in the king’s kingdom, then you would follow him.  And when a king passes away, when a king dies, where do you think they would die?  Maybe in battle, or maybe in the castle of old age?

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Blessing – Epiphany 4 – Feb 2 2014

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2014 by classicchinny

Micah 6:1-81 Corinthians 1:18-31 – Matthew 5:1-12 

I think I’ve told you before, I have big trouble with the beatitudes.  I mean, don’t we all wonder if we are blessed or if 

Jacob_Blessing_Ephraim_and_Manasseh,_by_Benjamin_WestGod is actually blessing us?  So here is a passage straight from the horses mouth so to speak defining who is blessed, and well, who is not.

 

We can read between the lines can’t we?  If the poor in spirit, the mourning, the meek, the hungry and thirsty for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and the persecuted are blessed, than the other side of the fence must be, well, not blessed right?  I mean, if there was ever a line drawn in the sand, this is it.  You have the blessed and the not blessed.

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Burdens – A Advent 4 – December 23 2012

Posted in Messages - Year A - Nov 12 - Nov 13 on December 27, 2012 by classicchinny

Luke 1 : 39-55bearing_burdens

May the words of our lips and the meditations of all of our hearts be acceptable and pleasing to you O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen.

Burdens. To be a burden, according to the Collins Gage Canadian paperback dictionary, you need to be a heavy load of things to carry, responsibility, worry, etc. or anything difficult to bear. So for a little conversation, this group here, I’d like some examples of burdens that the world gives you. What has the world burdened you with?

This group over here, what are examples of burdens that God gives you? What has God burdened you with?

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Preparing – A Advent 2 – December 9, 2012

Posted in Messages - Year A - Nov 12 - Nov 13 on December 27, 2012 by classicchinny

Luke 3:1-6

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What are some examples of things that need a lot of preparation. Talk to your neighbor, I’m looking for the thing that takes the longest to prepare – that is to make ready without actually doing the task.  What goes into the preparations, how long do they take, who is involved, etc.

As we hear the words of John today, “’Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” I can’t help thinking about the amount of time I put into preparing. We do a lot of preparing don’t we? And it begins right away in our day. For example, that alarm went off this morning, did anyone need to prepare to get out of bed? I sure did. Needed to psych myself out, get all those ducks up here lined up so I could prepare for the day.  We prepare meals, getting all the ingredients, all the utensils, getting it all ready to throw on the stove.  We prepare for trips, even trips to the store, making sure you have everything, your bags, your stuff, your family.

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