Deacon Sarah shares a little about why we worship, how we can worship, and how the Apostle Paul calls us to worship God in our everyday living.
Today Rev. Sarah takes a look at Paul's words to the Romans and invites us to consider if a little Spring Cleaning is needed in our Spiritual lives.
Join Deacon Sarah as we reflect on this day before Easter. The tension of joy and grief, anticipation and sorrow. We will pray, read from Job, and reflect.
When did you realize everything had changed?
The moment I knew… the moment I knew the world changed… that moment? When I realized the few people I considered my inner circle would be the only ones… I could count on. James
The moment I knew the world changed I sat around a table in disbelief thinking back to the last time I saw my friend. And unsure when I would see them again. James the Less
I knew the moment anger boiled up inside of me for the injustice and unthinkable loss the world would come to experience. John
I knew the moment the place where we usually get food was completely out of stock of everything. One week it was fine, the next week we were fighting to find anything on our list. The fear of scarcity was overwhelming. I had to trust that all would be well and that my family would be provided for. “Let the nets down for a catch…” …our nets broke. There were so. many. fish. I just fell at his knees. Peter
I knew when I no longer could return to work. I just left. I’m sure my office looked like the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Like I was just plucked out of the middle of a regular week. All I had to hear were those two words: “Follow. Me.” I didn’t need my former life; I knew someone else could fill the role of tax collector. Matthew/Levi
I actually… didn’t believe. I didn’t think it was true. Everything everyone was saying seemed dramatic. Where was the proof? It seemed like each day there was a news story saying something contradicting the one before it. Things changed so quickly. I had so many doubts. “Unless I saw the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I could not believe… Thomas
After I realized we were in a new reality the protests started. This is what I had waited for. The crowds gathered, people waved their palms and finally I knew that Jesus realized the power he had within himself to force the Roman hand. Justice was ours! Finally people would get loud. Finally the voices of the oppressed would be heard. This quickly turned as I realized my understanding of power was different than his… and I thought I could take matters into my own hand. The moment I kissed his cheek I couldn’t have known how the world would forever change… Judas
I knew when he spoke truth about me that only I knew. I knew when he saw me under the fig tree before Philip called me to come. How could someone know me so deeply… without ever meeting me? Nathanael/Bartholomew
The moment I knew it was morning. I felt like the world was crashing down around me and others were able to just go about their regular routine. Did they not know what was happening? What had happened? I was standing at the opening of the tomb, I thought someone had taken him away. A man, who I thought was a gardener asked why I wept. Then he said my name, “Mary.” In that moment, I knew the world had changed forever. Mary Magdalene
I recommend you or your liturgist intro this video/spoken word by saying something like the statement below in order to not "give away," the connection to the gospel, and allow people to experience their own realizations in the moment...
One year ago we found ourselves quickly adapting as we continued to be the church when the building was no longer a safe place to gather. As we discover why Easter Matters in light of our experience this past year, we invite you to pause and remember all this year has been, and to reflect on times when surrendering to the moment is all we can do...
Rachel Billups, Be Bold (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2019), 72-74. [This insightful understanding of Judas’ character was first made known to me in the book Be Bold by Rachel Billups.]
Deacon Sarah shares a devotional about the Widow's Mite, and how John Wesley calls us to a new understanding of finances & generosity. How is God calling to be in your giving?
I’m back after 12 weeks off for parental leave as my family welcomed the fourth member – Benjamin James. He’s a sweet little chunk of love and I’m so thankful for the time we had away.
I write to you on this first week of February. February in the U.S. is also a time when we recognize and remember the contributions our black siblings have made to this country. It is a time to carve out space to reflect on where we’ve come and where we are going as we continue to struggle for racial justice.
A few reminders about why it’s important to reflect and recognize Black History Month:
We are reminded in the book of Revelations: "After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed with palm branches in their hands” (Rev. 7:9).
I hope you will do something this month to recognize how our black brothers and sisters have carried us to this place in history. Educate yourself on the ways in which black and brown people in this country are still facing a multitude of injustices each day and how you can alleviate some of this suffering through your daily choices. Read a book by a black author… watch a movie that educates you on the history of black folk… donate to a cause that works for racial justice – but do something. Don’t let the stress and chaos of this time in history allow you to become complacent in your work toward standing shoulder to shoulder with people of all colors here and now. You don’t have to wait until you are standing before the Lord to do so.