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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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.


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. [retrieved November 25, 2017]. Original source:


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 (detail).


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.


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