September 15, 2019

Do We Really Want God to Intervene?

photo © 2006 Jenny Bauman | more info (via: Wylio)By Chaplain Mike In today’s worship, we heard the Gospel parable from Matthew 13 about the wheat and the weeds. Jesus told them another parable: The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, […]

Trinity Sunday

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 in this bed, two lovers fumbled as they found their way and it was holy when they knelt beside this bed to pray it kept them warm through many nights of cold, elusive fear when tender sweet caresses answered softly falling tears some secrets whispered in this bed […]

Pentecost

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 20:19-23 enclosed in a dark house alone with my own fear reluctant to go out, to deal with life to exert the energy it takes to listen to my tiresome neighbor complain about his cable service and the jerks who let their dogs crap on his lawn too spent […]

Ascension

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Luke 24:44-53 On a Facebook status update today, John Michael Talbot wrote: “The Ascension is not really a departure. It is entering into a new more dynamic manner of presence beyond the bounds of ordinary space and time. It is the assurance that Jesus is with us always during the […]

Easter VI

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 14:15-21 these are the words an orphan longs to hear i will give i will come i will abide and i will be with you forever and you will see you will live you will know and you will be loved forever and sometime in the night when love […]

Easter V

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 14:1-14 when in the dimness of an upper room my troubled heart fears an ending an abandoning, a bereaving i cannot bear the world that i have known changing the one whom i have followed departing the path that i have walked ending my hope, so solid, dissipating the […]

Easter IV

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 10:1-10 he goes before me into every day before he sends me forth he himself has gone before the way is made ready the path prepared i don’t see it at first it is mine to watch and listen to filter the noise to hear that voice to go, […]

Easter III

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 road taken friend welcomed hearts broken grief spoken word opened then home guest summoned meal proffered grace offered bread broken eyes opened christ known

Easter II

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 20:19-31 a bunch of frightened, doubting friends we hid away like fugitives our leader dead, our expectations dashed we assumed the worst — that those who killed him would now be after us finish the job, put the whole “messiah” thing to rest so we pulled the shades and […]

Liturgy of the Palms

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 (see Psalm 118) hymn for palm sunday color, color everywhere greets the king on donkey’s foal crowds are gath’ring! now, come quickly! bless the lord with heart and soul! pathway lined by royal sage zion’s skies are dazzling blue hail messiah! sing hosanna! bless the lord who visits […]