reflections

Prayer of Anguish and Lament – Christina Rowntree

Holy One, The devastation in Mariupol appals us We are mute with rage. silence –    Our tears fall, we lament an atrocity beyond comprehension. We join our sisters, young mothers, and small children, in their anguish. Slowly words form to express our anger. silence – red rose petals are strewn on table   A…
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Luke 5:1-15 and a theology of abundance 6 February 22 Jan Garood

By Jan Garood   My first reaction to exploring  the Luke story is a discomfort about: “I will make you fishers of men/people.”  For generations, the church has interpreted this story as a call to evangelism; to “fish for people” has fed missions that disrespected and destroyed indigenous cultures.  The mindset seemed to be that…
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A celebration of peace and today we also think about World Soil Day – Jan Garood

Peace for the Earth My reflection has three sections, which I hope come together in the end. I will tell you when I’m changing topic, to avoid confusion: War and peace, Some thoughts about soil and A word about John the Baptist. The messianic writings of Baruch around 200 BCE and Isaiah around 740 BCE…
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The View Through Many Lenses – Ann Drummond

July 25, 2021. Reflection John 6:1-21 Given the age group of this community there would be few among us who have not heard many sermons/reflections or bible study discussions on this passage but as the line in an old hymn says “God has yet more light and truth to break forth from God’s word” 1 May…
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NAIDOC Week Reflection 11.7.21 – Steve Martin

Introduction Today marks the end of NAIDOC Week 2021. NAIDOC’s history started in the 1920s as a boycott of Australia day in protest against the status and treatment of indigenous Australians, leading in 1938 to a Day of Mourning, a protest day held annually until 1955 on the Sunday before Australia Day, when it was…
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God is too big to lose anyone – Kathy Hore

It happened on a Sunday morning in my home church, Manor Baptist, in San Antonio, Texas in the mid-eighties. Our minister’s final message before departing for a new pulpit was devoted to sharing truths he believed but had never spoken about for fear of offending.  One of his truths wiped away the memory of all…
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