|To the Sudan and Back, May 6, 2012||May 7, 2012|
|I am the Vine, May 6, 2012||May 5, 2012|
|Region One Meeting, May 2, 2012||May 3, 2012|
|A Shepherd for Us, April 29, 2012||April 29, 2012|
|“Witnesses of All These Things”, April 22, 2012||April 22, 2012|
|The Holy Spirit, April 15||April 15, 2012|
|The abrupt ending to a continuing story – Easter, April 8, 2012||April 8, 2012|
|Good Friday, April 6, 2012||April 7, 2012|
|Maundy Thursday, April 5, 2012||April 6, 2012|
|Tenebrae! April 4, 2012||April 5, 2012|
Title:Baptism of the Lord and the renewal of ours – Jan 9, 2011
Today we renewed our baptism covenant on the anniversary of the Baptism of the Lord. Catherine took an evergreen and sprinkled us with water as part of the process.
We faced difficult issues as a congregation in the midst of the news yesterday of murders in Arizona which killed 6, including a 9 year girl and a federal judge and wounded 14 including a Congress woman.
Catherine’s sermon contained the following points.
"Where was God yesterday when people lay dying on the sidewalk? God was with them in their suffering and in their deaths. God was in the people who stopped the gunner and held him down until the police could come.
"God will be in the conversations about this event—the conversations that look for how we can forgive one another, reconcile with one another, and have compassion for one another, rather than blaming particular groups, and pointing the finger at one another, deepening our divisions.
"The Good News is that God calls us to be obedient to the way of life that Jesus modeled for us. In solidarity with us, Jesus modeled a life of love, healing and compassion.
"The Good News is that God calls us to trust. First, we agree to gather together as Christians on a regular basis, so that we can continue to learn, continue to enjoy fellowship with one another, to share God’s love through Eucharist, and to pray together.
"Second, we agree to persevere in resisting evil, and whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord. Resisting evil has a personal as well as a communal dimension. God is calling each one of us to resist evil in some particular way in our lives. That call is unique to each one of us. But God is also calling us, as the body of Christ, to resist the evil of fighting among ourselves, quarreling, gossiping, creating ill will and hostility within our Christian community. "