Gen. 29:15-28 Ps. 105:1-11,45b Ro. 8:26-39 Mt. 13:31-33,44-52

In the name of God, Who was and is and will be, forever & ever. Amen

New + Old.

One of the things us church folk fear most in times of accelerating change, is losing what we hold most dear, losing our sense of identity and tradition; we’re afraid that the baby will get thrown out with the bath water.

But as a devout Jew, Jesus had no intention of throwing away his faith tradition. He did radically re-interpret the practice of his faith, revealing the Kingdom of God.

In today’s gospel, after a veritable runaway freight train of parable heaped upon parable, Mathew’s Jesus concludes: “Therefore, every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” (13:52)

To unpack this parabolic train car by car, from engine to caboose, I’m going to need some help from my young friends here today, working with a few props to aid our imagination.

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image courtesy of 'the mengshui'Unraveling

“God as active agent in our unraveling social contexts” – Alan J. Roxburgh

On June 28th, seated inside the beautiful sanctuary of Trinity Church, Rutland, listeners who are drawn to becoming a “more missional” Church took in the words presented by our bishop, The Rt. Rev. Tom Ely. It was a beautiful day and many others in the Episcopal community and beyond were also drawn to the Pilgrimage for the Earth happening that day as well at Mission Farm in Killington.

Although I was wishing I could be in both places at once, I’m glad I was sitting there to hear one particular word that jumped out at me – “unraveling” in conjunction with describing the missional church as Roxburgh sees it in his book Missional – Joining God in the Neighborhood (2011). Wow! I thought this word is pregnant with meaning! It’s scary. It’s potentially downright negative and problematic AND it’s perfect…., perfect as a way to view all that is happening within and around the Church, across all denominational borders and across communities of faith around the world.

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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, the children have been at Sunday School. The words of Scripture, the hymns, the sermon, the prayers have challenged and inspired. All have come to the altar rail for Christ's body and blood. 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.

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