Mark 8:31-38; Joel 1:5-18
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 25 February 2018
Katzebue is the most toxic town in the United States. I read that headline and it stunned me. It seemed that it must be an exaggeration when I saw the National Geographic article, but there appears to be quite a bit of evidence to back it up.
Gen 9:8-17; Joel 1:1-4
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 18 February 2018
For this time of Lent, we will be working through the book of Joel. Like many of the small books towards the end of the Old Testament, what are called the minor prophets, Joel has its fair share of distress. It is easy to get bogged down in what seems like an over-dramatization of a difficult time.
Mark 9:2-9; 2 Kings 2:1-12
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 11 February 2018
When my friend Michael Atty was here for my installation, almost every time we turned a corner and the Chugach range came into view, he would declare it seemed that if he could stand on top of one of them, he could surely speak directly to God. We drove and hiked in the cold rain, but it did not matter. What our eyes see connects beyond the moment itself. It is up to us to carry that moment forward.
1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 4 February 2018
If you recall during Advent, an idea I came back to often was urgency. In multiple sermons, the theme of urgency and anxiety were compared against each other. Of course that is what one might expect during Advent. There is an expectation during that particular season; a pregnancy even. But that is difficult to maintain constantly.