A congregation gathers on a Sunday morning. There has been a lot of preparation. The altar has been set, bulletins have been printed, the heat turned up. The choir has practiced. Worship begins with The Word: Scripture and sermon, hymns and prayers have challenged and inspired. At God's Table, all come to to be reconciled to God and one another through Christ's body and blood. Renewed and strengthened we are Sent to live into our calling as apostles in the world. But first... the fellowship of coffee hour awaits. The Church, St. Paul said, is the body of Christ and each a member. It's true! Never perfect, filled with all sorts and characters and yet, a beautiful living organism of God's grace.
Cindy Jarvis - 3 May 2015
According to today’s gospel, we need to be pruned in order to be better and more sincere Christians. Jesus said “I am the true vine and my Father is the “vine grower”. He expressed the idea of pruning the trees for better fruit bearing. I think we are like the branches of the tree and I think we need to be pruned back sometimes too. In Philippians Chapter 1 it says “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder about 15 years ago. I have had it since age 14, but we didn’t know what it was. I have struggled with it in many respects including physically, mentally, and even religiously. Did I do something wrong to get bipolar? Am I being punished? If I pray really hard, will it go away or would I be able to manage it better? The doctors say there are not yet answers to those questions, so I continue taking my medication and attend therapy and doctor’s appointments and pray for the best. Basically, I have to trust my therapist and my doctor’s knowledge.
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Looking for signs of God
Some look at the devastation wrought by the recent earthquake in Nepal and say God cannot be found there, that God does not exist. Others look at the stunning beauty in the world, marveling at the way nature seems to perform miracle upon miracle including the emergence of life itself on this fragile planet we call home, and ask how can God not exist?
I do not think a single one of any of us holds the ultimate answer. Rather it is in the multicolored wisdom of humanity that we offer-up the broadest possible understanding of God. An even more expansive perspective yearns for the voice of creation herself to join in the revelation.
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