Ruth Communion Preface The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give God our thanks and praise. Invitation to Communion In the Torah our God of grace and mercy required … Continue reading Ruth Communion
Ruth 2 Perhaps you heard it – the verb that is the axis of the second chapter of Ruth, one that is repeated over and over again. Glean. We hear the word glean twelve times in this chapter alone. Gleaning is the action that pushes the narrative along. Throughout history artists have depicted Ruth gleaning … Continue reading As it happened
Raleigh Mennonite Church July 29, 2018 It’s not unusual these days for us to see pictures like this one. In this one women and children are trying to rest on an over-crowded, rickety boat, escaping from the war or sexual violence or famine or political instability of their home country. When I look at these … Continue reading Ruth 1 – You. You. You.
Raleigh Mennonite Church Exodus 20 A couple weeks ago we started talking about these commandments, these words passed down to God’s people at Mt Sinai after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. We talked about how these words are an invitation to freedom, words located in a God who sets people free. You are freed … Continue reading God alone is good
It’s the Sunday after Easter, which means we’re remembering an Orthodox tradition that’s been celebrated for centuries. During the first week of Easter these Christians remembered the trick that Jesus played on the devil, tricking death on Easter morning. These Christians would play practical jokes and laugh and tell funny stories in memory of the … Continue reading Thomas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Web007rzSOI John 18 The philosopher Hannah Arnedt wrote an incredible book about her observation of the trial of Adolph Eichman, the Nazi who organized the transportation to the death camps in Germany during the Holocaust. When Eichman was finally put on trial after World War II Arnedt made this horrifying discovery. Eichman was a civil … Continue reading Strange fruit and the banality of evil
Once a year I put my thumb in a jar of ashes and oil, draw a cross on the forehead of a child, and remind her that she will die. This past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. It’s the day when we remember that we are made of dust and that each of our mortal bodies … Continue reading Ashes and guns – John 11