Gen 9:8-17; Joel 1:1-4
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 25 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.
1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 21 January 2018
How do we respond to the urgency of the Spirit of God without absorbing anxiety? Especially when 2000 years later we are often told that the actual end is still looming any day now?
1 Samuel 3:1-20; John 1:43-51
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 14 January 2018
On Friday night, a few of us gathered to play music and sing together. It was the first time this event has happened since I have been here. I hope it will continue every other month or so. I hope more of us can take the opportunity to relax and play together.
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 7 January 2018
During our last Life-Long-Learning series, Father Michael Oleksa described the Iñupiat blanket toss. I was familiar at least with the practice of doing it, although before a month ago I would have been at a loss as to where its origins were.
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 24 December 2017 (candlelight service)
It is difficult to tell which story goes with which year. Maybe it is the running through a deep ravine with a cousin, when suddenly the sound of my grandmother’s yoo-hoo wafts through the cold air from at least a mile away.
First Congregational Church : 24 December 2017 (AM service)
We have known good days, and we have known bad. That seems to me about as obvious as anything. That goes for your life and for mine, our collective lives together, even people who are out in the cold today.
In these days of ours, when imagination can seem smothered by ignorance and disdain for our fellow humans, how do we find contentment? I don’t mean: how do you put up with your current situation? Being content and being resigned are two very different places to be.
Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 10 December 2017
Good News from the place of struggle. Not exactly your typical Advent or Christmas card. Good news from the wilderness. Get ready for this good news storming your way as a cloud of locusts overtaking the dessert before it settles on your lush gardens.
Isaiah 64:1-9 Mark 13:24-37
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 3 December 2017
I suppose bad news is better than no news some times. Its like the anticipation is more painful than just knowing sometimes. I come from a fairly robust line of people who worry about their health; people who want to know what might be wrong with them.