On this first Sunday of Lent, Rev. Seli engages with the story of Jesus' baptism as told in Mark's Gospel (Mark 1:9-15) and wonders why Jesus had to be driven into the wilderness. He also re-imagines the Noah and the Flood story from Genesis and finds hope and strength as we brave the wilderness(es) of 2018.
Rev. Anne Dionisio engages with the story of the Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9) and wonders about how we see Jesus and how we might see him in a new way.
Rev. Norm Seli wonders about the wisdom of Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 9:16-23) when compared to the practice of Jesus in Mark (Mark 1:29-31). He reflects on ministry, faithful living and even (a little bit) about being the church.
Rev. Norm Seli engages with the story of a man possessed by a demon in Mark 1:21ff and wonders if we mght all benefit from an exorcism. He imagines what might happen if Jesus visited church and asked any of us "What's important to you?"
Rev. Seli engages the complete story of Jonah - from running away, through whale to Ninevah and Tree and wonders what such a silly story might mean to us in 2018. The sermon/story was told in 4 parts throughout the service, intersperced with singing and a choir anthem - these have been edited out, so there may be brief silences in the recording and moments when Rev. Seli's voice comes in a little strong (ahead of the sound tech's adjustment). Apologies for the "rough" cut... we hope that it's still worth your time to listen.
Rev. Norm Seli wonders about the Holy Spirit... present at Jesus Baptism (Mark 1:4-11) and integral to Christian Baptism, according to Paul when he was in Ephesus (Acts 19:1-7). What is this Spirit and what does it mean to us?
Rev. Norm Seli considers Matthew 2 and the story of the Magi. He wonders what it means that they "went home by a different way" and what that might mean for us celebrating Epiphany in 2018.
Wrapping up Christmas and wondering about the "Peace" that Simeon experiences, Rev. Seli wonders about the actual meaning of Christmas - what is it that we are celebrating; what are we saying and does any of it matter in 2017? (The second chapter of Luke factors into the sermon... a little bit anyway)
Rev. Anne Dionsio engages with Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8 and wonders why Mark doesn't begin with the ever popular "Birth of Jesus" story and instead begins with John the Baptist in the wilderness....
Rev. Norm Seli engages with the Advent 1, Apocalyptic text (Mark 13:24-37) as well as the season of Advent and wonders "What are we waiting for?" (he also brags about his son)