Taking Hold of Life…Rev. Dee Ledger, September 29, 2019

They arrive in my mailbox.  Those slick and shiny catalogs of clothes, or new-fangled, wacky contraptions, or things-everyone-simply-must have.  Even when I give notice that I don’t want the extra mail, they still come—usually because I have forgotten to check off the “do not send” box, or I have inadvertently clicked where I should not… [Read More]

Heartsick…Rev. Dee Ledger, September 22, 2019

Hindsight is 20/20.  At least, that is what the saying says, and we will probably be hearing a lot more of this phrase as we approach year 2020, no matter what our actual vision acuity may be.  But is hindsight really 20/20?  Matthew Dicks, a blogger, thinks we should completely stop using the phrase.  We,… [Read More]

Sweeping to Lose, Sweeping to Find… Rev. Dee Ledger, September 15, 2019

What is precious to you?  What is lost to you?  These two questions intently gaze at us from our lives this morning and this scripture from Luke.  The leaders are grumbling.  These are religious leaders and scholars.  The text names the Pharisees, but we know from last week’s story that Luke often pits the Pharisees… [Read More]

Together; Rev. Dee Ledger, September 8, 2019

The story seems straightforward.  Jesus arrives at a leader’s house and takes notice of the way in which people seat themselves—the inner and outer circles of the gathering, the way in which people position themselves, and vying for attention, status, and proximity to the host.  It’s the Sabbath and he’s been invited which may mean… [Read More]

Refuge, Rev. Dee Ledger, August 25, 2019

Anne Quindlen once wrote, “You are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life … Your entire life … Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul.” And yet many of our decisions both individual and collective neglect the… [Read More]

Not Here; Rev. Dee Ledger, Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

  On the surface, the Easter story is a preposterous claim.  It isn’t scientific, yet it has survived even the most dismal and humiliating of circumstances, as well as centuries of apathetic, hostile, or demeaning critics.  It doesn’t promise prosperity or a better bottom line to its proponents, and it seems more fairy tale than… [Read More]

A Hot Mess; Rev. Dee Ledger, April 15, 2019

Are we tempted to whitewash the events of this week?  If we were to choose one color to represent the events of this week, what color would we choose?  It’s always a bit tricky to decide on a sermon title ahead of time.  It’s a bit like picking out a paint color before you actually… [Read More]

A Time to Live, Rev. Dee Ledger, April 7, 2019

What do you do when you despair of the monotony of life?  What do you do, when you are, season in and season out, burdened by the endless cycle of rising and sleeping, working and spending, eating and commuting, finding your way and then getting lost yet again?  What do you do when you despair… [Read More]

Trust and Treasure; Rev. Dee Ledger, March 31, 2019

Sisters and brothers, are you in a season of acquiring or in a season of letting go?  When I was expecting, I was flabbergasted at the amount of kid paraphernalia that was advertised to us.  Somehow, we simply weren’t up to snuff as parents if we didn’t acquire the latest in baby monitors, safety gadgets,… [Read More]

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