Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel
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by Kristin Berkey-Abbott
12h ago
The readings for Sunday, May 26, 2024: First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm: Psalm 29 Second Reading: Romans 8:12-17 Gospel: John 3:1-17 Ah, Holy Trinity Sunday.   Lately, as I've been thinking about community, I return to the idea of the Trinity--we worship a communal God who desires to be in community with us. I've always liked the symbolism of a braid, and Trinity Sunday seems a good time to return to that symbol. In a braid, each strand can stand alone--but what a more intriguing shape they make when woven together. We might look again at the story of Nicodemus, a man who was ..read more
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Feast Day of Saint Helena
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by Kristin Berkey-Abbott
1d ago
Today is the feast day of St. Helena, the mother of Constantine. You may or may not remember that Constantine was the Roman ruler from 306-337.  Constantine gets credit for being the first Christian Roman ruler (although some historians would point out that he was not solely Christian) and for making the spread of Christianity possible.  We could spend time debating whether or not Constantine co-opted Christianity for personal gain or because of his deep faith--both answers are probably true. Regardless of his own faith, he helped foster the spread of the faith by bringing an end to ..read more
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The Day After Pentecost
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by Kristin Berkey-Abbott
2d ago
This morning I'm thinking about the morning after Pentecost--not so much my day after Pentecost, but that day after the first Pentecost of rushing wind and tongues of flame.  When the disciples woke up the next morning, what were their thoughts?  What happened on day 2? Acts 2 gives us a general idea in very broad strokes:  42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything ..read more
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Pentecost Sermon 2024
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by Kristin Berkey-Abbott
3d ago
May 19, 2024 By Kristin Berkey-Abbott Pentecost Sermon First reading Acts 2:1-21 Psalm Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Second reading Romans 8:22-27 Gospel John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Pentecost is the 3rd great festival of the Church, and as most of us know, the other two festivals are Easter and Christmas. Pentecost has been the overlooked festival, in most of our churches. It never slips by without notice, but it’s not a church festival that comes with traditions that we anticipate for months. We don’t have gift giving traditions or special foods—at least most of us don’t. We don’t nec ..read more
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Feast Day of Saint Brendan
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by Kristin Berkey-Abbott
6d ago
Today is the feast day of Saint Brendan, often called "The Navigator" and "The Voyager."  If you're like me, you might not have grown up hearing about him.  You might not have ever heard about him.  I only discovered him when I read Christine Valters Paintner's Illuminating the Way:  Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics with a reading group--none of us had heard of this Irish saint. To be fair, not much is known about him.  He lived from roughly 484-577, mostly in Ireland, although he did go on a voyage to discover a more Edenic place.  Some legends have him ..read more
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Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel and the Feast of Pentecost
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by Kristin Berkey-Abbott
1w ago
The readings for Sunday, May 19, 2024, Pentecost: First reading Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14 Psalm Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Second reading Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21 Gospel John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 It's been an interesting experience, saying the doctrinal creeds each week at church, after a week of reflecting on them for Systematic Theology.  It will be interesting celebrating Pentecost after having spent significant amounts of time exploring the Trinity in Systematic Theology, asking questions like, who precedes from whom?  Does Jesus have power because the ..read more
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Feast Day of the Ascension
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by Kristin Berkey-Abbott
1w ago
Today is the Feast Day of the Ascension, 40 days after Easter, 10 days before Pentecost. This feast day commemorates Jesus being taken up into Heaven. In the church of my childhood, we must have celebrated this festival on a Sunday. I have memories of hearing the story in church; I don't have much memory of celebrating Pentecost as a child. Now, Ascension can go by without a peep, especially in a year like this one, where I would bet serious money that more churches will be talking about mothers than ascension, since this Sunday will be Mother's Day in the U.S. Imagine it from the eyes of th ..read more
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The Feast Day of Julian of Norwich
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by Kristin Berkey-Abbott
1w ago
Today is the feast day of Julian of Norwich, at least for Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Anglicans; Catholics will celebrate on May 13.  I thought of her today as I maneuvered around my tiny writing space, my grandfather's desk wedged in between house remodeling supplies and tools, a drying rack, and the contents of a closet that's under reconstruction.  Of course, once I get around the desk, I have significantly more space than Julian of Norwich did, in her small cell off of a cathedral, where she was an anchoress, a type of monastic. I've been interested in Julian of Norwich for a l ..read more
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Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel
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by Kristin Berkey-Abbott
2w ago
The readings for Sunday, May 12, 2024: First Reading: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Psalm: Psalm 1 Second Reading: 1 John 5:9-13 Gospel: John 17:6-19 In today’s Gospel passage, we see Jesus close to the end of his mission. We get to watch him pray. And notice that Jesus prays for those people whom he has called to continue the work he has set in motion. This passage reminds us that we are sanctified consecrated, and sent out into the world. The not yet message of the Gospel reminds us that we have work to do And this Gospel passage reminds us of the stakes: Jesus prays that we will be protected f ..read more
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World Labyrinth Day 2024
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by Kristin Berkey-Abbott
2w ago
Yesterday was World Labyrinth Day, a day when we were encouraged to walk our local labyrinths at 1 p.m. local time in hopes of unleashing a "a rolling wave of peaceful energy."  A few weeks ago, I thought about organizing something, but my various semester endings submerged me, and before I knew it, it was Saturday.   So, even though it was too late to invite others to walk with me, it wasn't too late to walk it myself.  So up the hill I headed to the Lutheridge labyrinth, created on an old tennis court where my mother played tennis when she was a counselor in the ..read more
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