Satan: A Second Look; Rev. Vertie Powers; March 6, 2022

The Psalmist says, “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forevermore; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” Let us pray: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of our… [Read More]

The Valley is Holy Too; Rev. Dee Ledger, February 27, 2022

The last Sunday before the beginning of Lent, Transfiguration Sunday, is a strange Sunday indeed.  Strange because of the Transfiguration story which is usually read this day—a story that you did not hear, but I will remind you of… Jesus and a couple of the disciples (James, John, and Peter) decide to hike up a… [Read More]

Practicing a Passionate Patience; Rev. Dee Ledger, February 20, 2022

Did you know that a sloth, despite its name, is not lazy?  These animals move around so slowly that algae and other plant-life actually grow on their fur.  Living high up in the tropical forests of Central and South America, sloths eat mostly leaves, a low-calorie diet. But they often take several days to fully… [Read More]

Blessings and Woes; Rev. Dee Ledger; February 13, 2022

They came from far and wide.  From the coast, from Tyre and Sidon, from the cities of Jerusalem and villages in Judea.  They came to be healed; they were both hopeful and frantic, as resigned and desperate as any who have experienced the relentlessness of human disease, dysfunction, powerlessness, oppression and pain. This Doctor Jesus,… [Read More]

Deep Waters; Rev. Dee Ledger; February 6, 2022

When I was living in Florida, I would often travel across the intercostal waterway on my daily work route.  There were often folks fishing along the bridges.  They would sometimes stand there for hours, patient and determined in the Florida sun.  Sometimes I’d see the same people in the same places at the same time… [Read More]

Resent-less; Rev. Dee Ledger, January 30, 2022

Love is both a gift and a choice.  It is also hard work and its own immense reward. What has life taught you about love and how loving relationships work (or do not work)?  Oh, I am not just talking about romantic relationships with their roller-coaster feelings and late nights of pillow talk, but of… [Read More]

Something You Said; Rev. Dee Ledger; January 23, 2022

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…(John 1) The written word and the spoken word have life.  In two recent books, Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr and The Book of Form and Emptiness, by Ruth Ozeki, books occupy a central place in the story. … [Read More]

To the Brim; Rev. Dee Ledger, January 16, 2022

At the beginning of his ministerial career, Jesus performs a miracle which is very public.  In addition, it is a reluctant miracle—his own mother has to persuade him (push him) to get involved.  Jesus, his mom, and a couple of the disciples are at a wedding when the hosts of the party run out of… [Read More]

Choosing a Different Path; Rev. Jean Crist Thompson; January 2, 2022

Let’s take one last look at the Christmas story—or stories—  before we leave it for another year. For today (at Rev. Dee’s suggestion) I chose a passage designated for Epiphany, which is traditionally celebrated on January 6. That passage comes from the Gospel of Matthew, which offers a version of the first Christmas that has… [Read More]