Inspirational Comments

Homilies & reflections from our priest & laity

  • Thoughts on Conflict (9/24/2018) - Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Green used last week’s Gospel story in Mark 9 to talk about conflict. In this story, Christ foretells his passion, and his disciples argue who is greatest amongst themselves.  Christ tells his disciples that “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last.” Jesus teaches us that conflict and disagreement Read More ...
  • Thoughts on Fear (9/24/2018) - The September 16th Gospel story in Mark 8 was used by Rev. Dr. Elizabeth to share thoughts on the fear that Peter expressed when Jesus told his disciples about the passion he faced. Peter’s lack of understanding led Jesus to rebuke him saying: “Get thee behind me Satan”. “Fear cuts off our inner strength,” she Read More ...
  • Words to live by – August 9 (8/15/2018) - Our visiting priest for the month of August is Rev. Claire Goodrich-Dyer. She recently preached on John 6’s Gospel story in which Jesus answers his disciples who were looking for signs, like his feeding of loaves. Jesus said, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Read More ...
  • Biblical reflections on why bad things happen to good people (7/31/2018) - Recently we heard Rev. Dr. Elizabeth tell the grisly Gospel story of Herod acceding to the wish of his wife Herodias. She hated John the Baptist and wanted him beheaded. She was presented with his head on a platter. This prophet who baptized Jesus died horribly, just as Jesus would later. Rev. Elizabeth reminded us Read More ...
  • Words to live by – Calming of the Storm (6/27/2018) - Last Sunday the Gospel text was from Mark 4 where Jesus calms a sudden storm on the Sea of Galilee which threatened to swamp the boat carrying him and his disciples. Rev. Dr. Elizabeth used the fear the disciples felt to remind us that we all live in fear and anxiety from time to time. Read More ...
  • Words to live by – Parable of the Seed (6/20/2018) - On Sunday, we heard Christ use parables of both a growing seed and a mustard seed to explain the Kingdom of God. Rev. Dr. Elizabeth said that in the first parable the man who scattered the seed does “not know how” it sprouts and grows. Here we are shown that God is always working and Read More ...
  • What is Family? (6/11/2018) - Jesus redefines family in last Sunday’s Gospel from Mark. When asked who were his mother and brothers, Jesus looks around to those following him and answers: “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Many of us have felt we had families outside of our parents and siblings – for example, in Read More ...
  • Words to live by (6/6/2018) - The Gospel last Sunday (June 3) was from Mark 2,  the story of Christ healing a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath. In the story, Christ was accused of breaking the law by the Pharisees who were so hard-hearted that after this event they held counsel on “how to destroy him”. In her Read More ...
  • Jerusalem Sunday – Words to Live By (5/30/2018) - Our incumbent, Rev. Dr. Elizabeth, reflected on the ascension recently – a critical event in Christian belief. The disciples returned from Bethany to Jerusalem with the inspiring story of Christ’s being taken up into heaven while still blessing them: “The promise of blessing was continuing as Jesus left them. Blessings continue. Jesus’ blessings do not Read More ...
  • Words to Live By – God is Love (5/1/2018) - Rev Elizabeth used the wonderful passage from the first letter of John that “God is love” for a sermon emphasizing our duty to love our brothers and sisters because God loves us, shown to us in human form by the love of Jesus. Rev. Elizabeth referred to the outpouring of compassion and love following the Read More ...