Category Archives: Stories for Worship

What Were You Expecting? Hanukkah 2019

Imagine you are living in a time with the long reign of a narcissistic dictator, a rise that meant multiple generations living with tyranny, oppression, fear.  Imagine for many years your people have been terrorized and even killed by those … Continue reading

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Limitless Light: A Hanukkah Reflection

The story of Hanukkah – like the story of Christmas – has never felt more necessary or relevant for our times. It is, as many of the stories of the Talmud, not necessarily a story that happened historically exactly as … Continue reading

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Queering Gender

I was only seven, and already I got that it made no sense.  More than anything that year, I wanted to carry the cross up the center aisle, or at least a candle – I wanted to go in front … Continue reading

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Charge to the Minister – for the ordination of Sean Neil-Barron April 2, 2017

First, Thank you. It is my joy and privilege to charge you in your new ministry – I think doing the charge is like every older sister’s dream.  But – really, it is my honor, so, thank you. To begin, … Continue reading

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Eyes to See, Ears to Hear

Listen to this sermon here. Story – The Beggar and the Box from Eckhart Tolle Sermon That story is one of my favorites, I’ve told it a few times here. In this season where we are making lists of all … Continue reading

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Is it a Gift? A sermon on simplicity

Story: “The Secret of Happiness” by Paula Coehlo, from The Alchemist  Sermon: “Is it a Gift?” When I started to think about music for this month with this theme of simplicity, I immediately thought of”‘Tis a Gift.” This is a song … Continue reading

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Skydiving – Reflection by Doug Powell

Doug shared this story with me last Fall, as we were talking about the coming year of transitions for our church.  When I heard it – I said – I don’t know when, but there’s going to come a Sunday … Continue reading

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