Greg Daly joined us this week and, just three weeks before his ordination, shared some powerful refelction on what it means to be in/out; acceptable/unaccaptable. Utilizing John 13:31-35 and Peter's Vision from Acts 11 (1-18) Greg challenged us to go beyond familiar and discover that all of God's creation is good.
Rev. Norm Seli wonders about Peter's hypocrisy when he's lecturing the people in Jerusalem for betraying Jesus (Acts 3:12-19), but is more intriqued by Jesus' desire for breakfast when he first appears to the disciples after his resurrection (Luke 24: 36-48)
On the Sunday after Easter, Rev. Seli engages with both of the "endings" in John's Gospel: The appearance of Jesus to the disciples in the locked room (John 20) and the apparent "second ending" in which Jesus appears to Peter and the others while they are fishing in the early morning (John 21). Norm wonders why the seond ending and what it might be offering us...
Rev. Norm Seli starts in John's Gospel with a simple request of two Greeks, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus" and wonders if we, too wish to see Jesus and if it is possible to see Jesus; to see God in the world today. He wonders about Jeremiah's promise that God's Covenant would be written on our hearts and what that might have to do with seeing Jesus; seeing God.
Rev. Norm Seli wonders about the peculiar story of Moses and The Snake on Stick from Numbers 21:4-9 and what it could have meant back then and what it might mean now... Along the way he rubs up against Paul's letter to the Ephesians (2:1-10), Psalm 107 and John 3:14-21 and wonders about Grace.
Rev. Norm Seli engages with the story of Jesus cleansing the Temple (John 2:13-22) and wonders why Jesus was so angry? He reflects on the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) and wonders if maybe Jesus was concerned about the Spirit of the Law getting last in the Letter... If we believe that Faith and "The Law" are meant to bring us to God and not shame us, then how might we understand these passages in 2018?
Starting with Pual's letter to the Hebrews, Rev. Norm Seli wonders about the meaning and nature of "Faith". This recording includes the scriptures, as Rev. Seli looks at some of the "Foot notes" to Paul's letter and some of the people known for their faith. Wondering what Faith might be? See if you agree with Norm...
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.