A Sermon by Lia Scholl based on Exodus 1:8-14 and 3:1-15 In this morning’s text, we find the Hebrew people living in Egypt. Remember how they got there? Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, in Canaan was thrown into a pit by his own brothers who were jealous of his fancy coat. Joseph was taken to Egypt, where he ascended to the head of food storage, and when his father and brothers ran from famine they found their forgiving brother welcoming them in Egypt. Then a new Pharaoh came to Egypt, and he did not know Joseph or the Hebrew people, and he feared them.Read More →

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about the Holy Spirit. We started with John 3:8, the Spirit blows where she will—and compared our lives to a kite, where we must be tethered to the ground, but not too tightly tethered, because we have to be able to be picked up by the Spirit. And then we considered the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control, and asked the Spirit to come into our lives, to help us manifest these gifts. So I tried to draw a picture of the Spirit in our lives tried to answer what itRead More →

a sermon by Lia Scholl John 3:8 in the New Revised Standard Version reads like this: The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. As many of you know who speak different languages or have studied ancient languages it’s hard often to find a good translation—and as hard as this one tries—this translation is incomplete. The word that is translated as wind is pneuma in Koine Greek. Can you say it with me? Pneuma. You hear a word from our own language in that? Maybe you hearRead More →

Today’s #rethinkadvent suggestion is to sit in the dark. Literally. You can give it a try. I’m reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark.” I’m struck with the idea that the dark isn’t bad–that, in fact, the dark has its own qualities, and if we remove the fear of the dark, we can enjoy the positives aspects of the dark. It’s such a lesson for all of life. To pull out those things (or people) who fear you, and learn them. Listen to them so that the fear you feel inside stops. Approach them so that they can become loved and accepted,Read More →

A sermon based on Colossians 3:12-17 As I mentioned, I was recently in Bali, Indonesia for six months. While I was there, I learned to surf. Everyone who has known me for more than two weeks has exclaimed, “What? You?” These are comments I heard when I told people I was going to learn. Better be careful. You know how clumsy you are. Is your insurance paid up? Be careful of the sand, waves, water, and salt.  OMG. You’re going to die! Because it’s true. I’m clumsy. And in the past, when I’ve done things that were pretty risky (jumping off cliffs, snorkeling, and stuffRead More →