Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!

February 18, 2018

Lent: Journey into the darkness of the human heart.

A reflection on Mark 1:9-15 by Alison Sampson for Sanctuary, 18 February 2018 (B18)

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The Testament of Touch

February 11, 2018

Who among you feels unclean? Hear now the good news! 

A guided meditation on Mark 1:40-45 and Psalm 30 for Sanctuary, 11 February 2018 (BP01)

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Ministry or Service?

February 4, 2018

The healing of Simon’s mother-in-law led her to ministry. But what sort of ministry was it? And what might this mean for our kids - and us?

A reflection on Mark 1:29-39 by Alison Sampson for Sanctuary, 4 February 2018 (B15)

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Good Sandwich, Great Teaching

January 28, 2018

What gives Jesus' teaching such authority? And to what does it invite us?

A reflection on Mark 1:21-28 by Alison Sampson for Sanctuary, 28 January 2018 (B14)

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The God Made Known in Every Child

January 14, 2018

Every child is an icon into the nature of God - but how?

A reflection on Psalm 139 and 1 Samuel 3:1-10 as a prelude to an infant dedication, Baptist-style, by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 14 January 2018 (B12)

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Prepare the Way: Who, Where, Why and How

December 17, 2017

Reflecting on the prophetic challenge of Advent.

A reflection on Mark 1:1-8 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 17 December 2017 (B02, one week late!). Image shows detail from here.

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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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