Tag: john

Community of Communion

Dear Friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God… -from 1 John 4 [Sermon given at the annual picnic at Quaker Knoll.] Last week, we talked about integrity, about the Quaker call to live lives of wholeness and honesty. Rather than looking at our personal integrity, though, we looked instead at what it means to be a…

Experimenting

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. -from John 10 The theme for Quaker Knoll’s Day/Beginner camp this…

Judas and Peter, Beloved

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:34,35 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the…

Come and See

““Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.” -from John 1 In the beginning, the earth then was welter and waste and darkness over the deep and God’s breath hovering over the waters. It was then that the Voice began to speak. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw…

No Idols

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” -from John 4 Before Moses was a great prophet, before he was Moses the mighty leader, before the plagues and the water-partings and the sky-fallen bread, he was a shepherd. Out with his sheep, one day, Moses a bush that was on fire but not consumed. Moses…

Solo Christo

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. -from John 15 Christmas is coming, and you need neither a calendar nor a fattening goose to see it. You can tell, for instance, by tracking the growing epidemic…

A Tale of Two Fires

You may not know this, but in the Christian tradition, Easter is not just one day. Easter is a season, just like summer or fall. It involves several weeks of considering what the resurrection means for us. Now, if you’ve been around here long, you might have noticed that this meeting doesn’t put a whole lot of stock in the…

Unwrapped

Jesus arrives, wrapped in swaddling clothes, laid in a manger. Jesus departs, wrapped in a shroud, laid in a tomb. And, in between those two strips of cloth, Jesus carries on a ministry of unwrapping. Jesus lays hearts bare like it’s his job,

Unreasonable Hope

As all of Lazarus’ friends would have known, when a person dies, the spirit remains with the body for three days. There’s this three day transition, from life into death. That’s why family and friends come to sit with the body, come to say goodbye, come to express their appreciation for the dead person’s life and work. Lazarus’ friends and…

On Blindness and Salvation

{Preached by Julie at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, as part of the Wilmington Area Ministerial Association’s annual pastor exchange.} Most of you don’t know me, so you don’t know what to expect. I’ll tell you what my plan was, though: I was going to offer you a beautiful, poetic, and probably pretentious, meditation on physical blindness and spiritual blindness,…