January 21, 2018 Peg Weissbrod
You all know the story of Jonah, right? He is called to go to Nineveh and tell them to repent. Jonah doesn’t want to go and so he hires a ship that sails in the opposite direction – across the Mediterranean towards Spain! A big storm hits, the crew decide that it is Jonah’s fault and so they throw him overboard. He gets swallowed by a big fish and is vomited on the shores of Nineveh, and finally Jonah figures out that God is serious. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: catalysts, change, discerning God's call, fear, gifts, Jonah, Jonah 3, light, Mark 1:14-20, Moving Providence, Providence, Psalm 62:5-12
January 7, 2018 Peg Weissbrod
Happy New Year! I hope you are getting back into the routine of the day to day. Listen to these words of William Stafford.
It could happen anytime; tornado, earthquake, Armageddon: It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.
It could you know.
That’s why we wake and look out – no guarantees in this life.
But some bonuses; like morning, like right now, like noon, like evening.
(‘YES’ in Learning to Live in this world.” Read the rest of this entry »
November 12, 2017 Peg Weissbrod
These are hard texts to read and unpack. These are not “kumbaya” passages! You might feel bad for the poor maidens who got shut out of the party. You might be angry at the maidens who didn’t share. You may wonder about the fairness of God. You may focus on Joshua telling the people that God will punish them if they do not follow the rules– and wonder about the love of God. I am with you…. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: blame, change, choices, crisis, gun lobby, gun violence, hate, horror, Joshua 24, light, mass shootings, Matthew 25, NRA, parable of the bridesmaids, politicians, politics, religion and politics, responsibility, sacrifice, sanctuary, shine
January 8, 2017 Peg Weissbrod
I saw the new Star Wars movie “Rogue One” over the holidays. If you are into those kind of movies, I recommend it. It’s the mythic battle of good vs. evil Just when the powers of the “dark side” seem certain to win, a person arises whose power and light confounds the darkness. In this movie it is Jin a young woman. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: arise, darkness, epiphany, Good vs evil, Herod, Isaiah 60, light, magi, Mary Oliver, Matthew 2, power, risk, Rogue One, shine, tension, trust, wise men
February 7, 2016 Peg Weissbrod
One of my favorite musicians is Sufjan Stevens. Just this morning, I was listening to Spotify and eating my bagel and his song, “The Only Thing” came up on shuffle. It’s a really beautiful song. But what kept sticking out to me, as I was preparing to preach, was the line, “Everything I see returns to you somehow.” Read the rest of this entry »Tags: 2 Corinthians 3, Black History Month, Exodus 34, incarnation, Lent, Let Your Light Shine, light, light-filled, Luke 9, mini-sermons, Moses, mountain, paradox, Psalm 99, radiant, Spirit, Sufjan Stevens, This Little Light of Mine, transfiguration, unveiled