A Night of Stories

This is a night of stories. We gather in our Christmas finery, seated with family or friends, in this little church, and the memories come flooding back of Christmases past of people we used to celebrate with some who are present tonight and those who by death or divorce, distance or decision, are not with us. We remember the baptisms and pageants and weddings and funerals in this building. Some of us are returning here, some regulars, others here for the first time. But whatever our history, we all bring our stories to this night. And then of course, there is The Story— the story of a peasant travelers, covering many miles on foot where no one wants them. of shepherds, the common working po

Dont' Worry, Be Happy

A new thing happened in my household, a first time event: my family bought a television. Now we’ve had tvs over the years, hand me down sets as big a bureau, but never cable, so we’ve never been much of a television watching family. If I wanted to see the news instead of hearing it or reading about it, I went to the gym. But now I have a view of the world from inside my house. Stories that 30 years ago we would have read about in the paper a day later we now see unfolding in real time before our eyes. For example, last week I watched events unfold in San Bernardino. I could see the helicopter footage of the house to house search for the perpetrators. And not only that, there is a relentlessn

Climate Change and Repentance

Living with my son Joel, I regularly get briefed on the marvels of engineering. Joel is always reading about the construction of the tallest building in New York, the city built on man made islands in Dubai, or the newest electronic gadget in popular science mag. Recently Joel told me another incredible engineering feat: the Excavator 293. It’s a bucket and wheel excavator used in strip mining that can move a football field swath of earth three feet deep in one day. It’s the largest land vehicle on earth, with a chassis that is over 50 yards wide. I thought of the Excavator 293 when I heard the Gospel lesson this week: “Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made l

Living in safety in uncertain times

My husband Jonathan is a statistician, and recently he was invited to speak to a convention of youth on the topic of “Big Data.” He covered a lot of ground, showing how the use of statistics to analyze data has revolutionized fields from electoral politics to medicine. But perhaps the most surprising thing he talked about how people make decisions. Most of human decisions, despite the fact that we are rational beings, are made on emotion. And our emotions skew our perceptions of reality. He asked the youth: what is the most dangerous animal on earth? He got responses like sharks, bears, and crocodiles. But none of those even made the top 10 list. At the top of the list was … the lowly mosqui

Since some can not make it to church every Sunday, here's a glimpse into the sermons from recent worship services.  


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