Beyond Welfare

November 26, 2017

When Christ forms us into his own group, judgement holds no fear.

A reflection on Matthew 25:31-46 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 26 November 2017 (AP29). Image shows a detail from Schmalz, Timothy P. Homeless Jesus, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56183 [retrieved November 25, 2017]. Original source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/orangegreenblue/8687493418.

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The Billionaire, the Stockbroker, and the Storyteller

November 19, 2017

What if we read the parable of the talents economically? A riff on Matthew 25:14-30 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 19 November 2017 (AP28).

Picture courtesy Winkelman, Roy. European Banknote Montage. 2 December 2011. ClipPix ETC. Retrieved November 19, 2017, from http://etc.usf.edu/clippix/picture/european-banknote-montage.html (detail).

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It’s You!

November 13, 2017

Who knocks? Who opens the door to the kingdom? A parable.

This was a lectio divina Sunday, so we talked together about Matthew 25:1-13: The parable of the ten bridesmaids. There is no formal sermon, but I finished with a Zen-like story. It’s adapted from John Shea The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers. Year A. On Earth as it is in Heaven. (Collegeville, MN: Order of Saint Benedict, 2004). Image found here.

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The Liturgy and the People of God

November 5, 2017

Why do we use a formal liturgy? Curating time and space.

Background to our current practice. Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 5 November 2017

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The Great Leader and the Gravedigger

October 29, 2017

What can we learn from Moses' style of leadership?

A reflection on Deuteronomy 34:1-12 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 29 October 2017 (AP25). Image found here.

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The Beautiful Backside of God

October 22, 2017

We seek the holy as if it is something we can achieve by our own efforts, as if it is to be had on demand: and God loves us so much that God interrupts.

A reflection on Exodus 33:12-23 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 22 October 2017 (AP24)

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Bread in a Time of Hunger

September 24, 2017

Even if we feel like we’re wandering aimlessly; even if we’re grumbling; even if we’re longing for the old ways, we must remember: these feelings have precedent. The people of God have been here before...

A reflection on Exodus 16:2-15 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 24 September 2017 (AP20)

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Dry Paths through Seas of Chaos

September 17, 2017

In God’s new creation, dry paths show the way to freedom: so, where are we being led?

A reflection on Exodus 14:19-31 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 17 September 2017 (AP19).

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Walk like an Egyptian … into the Promised Land!

September 10, 2017

As privileged people, we can’t simply claim the story of the Exodus without reflection, repentance, and concrete response. But if we are willing to hear God’s grief and anger at the suffering of the poor; if we are willing to acknowledge the horrors of our past; if we are willing to engage with the violence of our present, then we can move towards a different future.

A reflection on Exodus 12:1-14 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 10 September 2017 (AP18). Image shows Lamentations over the Death of the First-born of Egypt by Charles Sprague Pearce - Self-photographed, Caroline Léna Becker, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20392746

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A Passion for Life

August 27, 2017

The church needs a diversity of people, united by a passion for life.

A short reflection bouncing off Exodus 1:8-2:10 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 27 August 2017 (AP16), on the occasion of the service of recommitment for the year.

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