By What Measure? Rev. Dee Ledger, July 1, 2018

    Children can illustrate, in a few words, and with their very questions, some salient points that we struggle to convey.  Recently, my son, looked me over one day and innocently asked, “Mommy why are you so angry?”  Both he and his brother had been into mischief and I had reached my breaking point… [Read More]

Leaning Towards Love; Rev. Dee Ledger; June 17, 2018

In Li-Young Lee’s poem, “Story,” (our contemporary reading for the day), a son asks his father for a story, a new story, and the father cannot think of one, try as he might.  He does not wish to disappoint his child, but he knows that he has, in the way that all parents know that… [Read More]

Dropping the Applesauce; Rev. Dee Ledger, June 3, 2018

Let’s start here: You are not an accident.  You were put here for a purpose.  But even if you cannot allow yourself to believe that, let us together try to entertain the notion that the seeming “accident” of your life—in all of its very real complexity– is a happy accident.  We are not talking about… [Read More]

Seek-ret Seeds; Guest Speaker, Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries (RIM) Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. & Canada; May 27, 2018

Intro. to Scripture:  Building on the parable of the sower that opened this whole parable chapter in Mark, today’s passage offers two more agricultural parables about fruit-bearing and sowing on the Kingdom of God.  They are not the most well-known of the sowing parables.  But they do pack a punch!  Eugene Peterson described parables as… [Read More]

Spark; A Message for Pentecost; Rev. Dee Ledger, May 20, 1918

Friends—In a minute, I’m going to share three short stories about some folks who are waiting.  At the end, I will share a fourth story.  See if you can find yourself somewhere in these lives.  See if something about them resonates or calls out to you. He waited.  Sometimes he waited in the canvas-backed chair… [Read More]

Arrivals and Departures; Rev. Dee Ledger, May 13, 2018

If you have ever dropped off someone at the airport, you know the drill.  Many times, we don’t bother to park when we take our friend or loved one to the airport.  Oh, it’s not that we don’t love the person or wish him or her a safe journey, or want to hold their hand… [Read More]

Encounter; Rev. Dee Ledger, May 6, 2018

The Scottish writer, William Boyd, once asked, “Do we change every time we have a new encounter? Are we endlessly mutable?”  He goes on to say, “I think these are fascinating questions: it’s a rich vein to tap, and I don’t think I have exhausted it fully yet.”  An encounter is defined as a chance… [Read More]

Pruned, Rev. Dee Ledger, April 29, 2018

  It is a way for many of the poor in Bolivia to make a living for their families.  In the city of Potosi, mining is a primary source of employment.  But the work is terribly dangerous. A boy beginning in the mine at age 12 may only expect to live until age 22. Mining… [Read More]

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