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  • Lent 1B (2018)

    by Doug Bratt
    On January 30, 2018, noted, “Rachel Den Hollander was the first woman to accuse Dr. Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. However, she was the last of more than 150 women and girls to confront him in court during Nassar’s sentencing hearing for criminal sexual conduct.” While Den Hollander’s statement lasted nearly 40 minutes and was delivered in a court of law, parts of it could be delivered in any church. After all, they powerfully speak to both the mess people have made of the world and God’s gracious determination to address that mess...
  • A String on God's Finger

    by Richard Donovan
    An old poem that bears repeating when we are in the midst of life's storms. It was written by Annie Johnson Flint, a Christian woman well acquainted with hardship. Her mother died when she was a little girl. She was fortunate to be adopted by the Flints, a wonderful Christian couple––but both Mr. and Mrs. Flint died when Annie was in her late teen years. As a young woman, she was diagnosed with a severe form of arthritis that left her physically incapacitated. But Annie experienced two saving graces––her talent for poetry and a deep-rooted faith in God. So in the midst of her hardships Annie was able to write this poem––reminding us to look toward the light, even when we are in the midst of a storm––reminding us that the rain is followed by the rainbow. This is what she said: "God hath not promised Skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways All our lives through; God hath not promised Sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain. But God hath promised Strength for the day, Rest for the labor, Light for the way, Grace for the trials, Help from above, Unfailing sympathy, Undying love."...
  • The Rainbow Path of Covenant

    by Jim Eaton
    The wilderness comes in many ways, in many places. There is the wilderness of a doctor’s office and a frightening diagnosis; there is the wilderness of grief, there is the wilderness of depression. The wilderness is not geography, it is theology. The wilderness is where we feel abandoned, lost, wandering, in danger. There are so many more wildernesses. The wilderness is where we are alone and overwhelmed. How can we deal with the wilderness? How can we live in the wilderness?...
  • The Rainbow and the Cross

    by Richard Fairchild
    Sam wasn't make much headway with his diet. He was one of those folks who could resist everything but temptation. One day he came into the office with a whole box of freshly baked Danish. When his friends questioned him about his diet he explained that really wouldn't have gotten the Danish if it hadn't been for God. "What do you mean"? one of his friends asked. "Well", he said, "as I was about to pass the bakery I prayed that if it were God's will for me to have these Danish today I would be able to find a parking place in front of the building. Sure enough I found a space right in front on the eighth time around the block"...
  • His Presence in the Darkest Times

    by Vince Gerhardy
    C.S. Lewis wrote a little book after his wife’s death exposing the raw edges of grief and asking, “Where is God?” He goes on to say that it’s easy to find God when we’re happy; we readily turn to him with praise and gratitude when we feel welcomed into his open arms. He goes on, “But go to him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After the silence. You may as well turn away. The longer you wait, the more emphatic the silence will become” (A Grief Observed). Remember this man is looking for God through the bitter tears of grief, and he can’t see God’s closeness. Lewis is not alone in these kinds of situations...
  • Lent 1B (2006)

    by Andrew Greeley
    ("In Commandments a film released a couple of years ago the protagonist Seth Warner (Aiden Quinn) feels that God has broken the Covenant in this mornings first reading. He is a contemporary Job...")
  • Rainbow People

    by Owen Griffiths
    ("Just as supper was being served, one of the students began to shout. 'You guys! Come here! You gotta see this!' We all came to the living room window and beheld the biggest, brightest, rainbow I'd ever seen. There I was: wearing a woman's bathrobe, in a home full of people I'd never met before that day, staring at the wonder of God. Unfortunately, the rainbow moments in life are only temporary. I soon found out that, at age 22, I had a lot more growing up left to do...")
  • Lent 1B (2015)

    by Scott Hoezee
    ("Years ago Princeton Seminary professor Daniel Migliore related a story of something that happened one summer when he was helping to run a Vacation Bible School program for a bunch of innercity children in a run-down part of a large New Jersey city. As part of the program, Migliore taught the kids one day the story of Noah and the Flood...")
  • There's Something Wrong With This Picture!

    by Beth Johnston
    There are a lot of situations where people aren’t inclined to think of “rainbows” these days! I don’t care what anyone says; there are two things that should never appear in the same sentence: they are the words “school” and “shooting!” On Wednesday of last week, for the EIGHTEENTH time in 6 weeks, in the USA, police were called to a school because of gun violence. On Wednesday, 17 people died at a High School in Florida in one of the worst school shootings in modern history. The words of a police chief from New York are sobering, for Americans, I am sure: “School shootings are the new normal.” Now, even in Canada, in addition to the required “fire drills,” students practice what to do in a lock-down situation, such as would happen if a shooter was in or near the school. Of course, this most recent shooting was not in Canada, but we are not immune from such events! We will all probably remember the shooting in Taber, Alberta and the one at École Polytechnique in Montreal which left 14 young and promising female engineering students dead...
  • The Rainbow Connection

    by Jim McCrea
    ("if God is truly all-powerful and all-loving, how can God permit things like evil and suffering to exist? This issue is so old and so persistent that German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz coined a term for the branch of theology dealing with this question back in 1710. He called it 'theodicy', which he derived from the Greek words for 'God' and 'trial' or 'judgment'. Therefore, theodicy is literally the act of putting God on trial...")
  • Refraction and Dispersion (Genesis 9)

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    The Dominican order began the rebuilding of the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio in Milan, Italy, in the 13th century, and it served as the seat of the order in Milan. Between 1460 and 1468 the Portinari Chapel was added to the Basilica. Commissioned by banker Pigello Portinari, the chapel was designed by an unknown architect, though the style has some similarities to Brunelleschi's Pazzi Chapel. One of the aspects of Portinari Chapel that differs wildly from Brunelleschi's earlier chapel is in the decoration of the dome. Both domes show the pattern of ribs dividing the dome and reaching up to an oculus in the center of the dome. But where the ribs of the earlier dome separate sections of undecorated plaster, the Portinari dome is filled with a rainbow-colored scale pattern: red on the outside, then yellow, then green, with blue next to the oculus. These are the four colors of the rainbow identified centuries earlier by Aristotle.
  • Lent 1B (2012)

    by Robert Morrison
    ("The famous Bilbo Baggins said, 'It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to.' So we have to be on the lookout whenever we set out to follow Jesus – not only for ourselves, but perhaps more for others. We have to be the rainbow signs of love and of hope to a world in which there seems to be so much disconnectedness and worry..." and other quotes and an illustration)
  • Join Us to Your Tree of Life

    by Paul Nuechterlein
    ("Scott, Eldon, Lanny, and Pete live in the rural town of Elk Ridge. They are members of the 'Buttercream Gang'. We find out how they got their name from the local grocery store owner: many generations ago, most of the town's men-folk were off to war, and the widows in town were having trouble churning their butter. A gang of young boys were founded to help them. Yes, a gang whose charter was to help people...")
  • Lent: The Season of Good News

    by Nancy Rockwell
    ("The good news in this story is salvation. So the preamble, which is not part of the story in other, earlier, cultures, may be wrong. The Rainbow Finale is the proof of God's steadfast intentions, the proof Mary Oliver writes about: 'Everyone knows the great energies running amok cast terrible shadows, that each of the so-called senseless acts has its thread looping back through the world and into a human heart...")
  • The Ark and the Rainbow

    by David Russell
    As most of you will remember, earlier this summer a soccer team and their coach were trapped in a cave in Thailand when heavy rains came and the cave flooded. The team went missing on June 23. Divers began searching for them on June 25 but had to suspend their searching for hours and even days at a time when rains came and flooded them out. Nine days after being trapped, the boys were located by a British diving team. The next day, seven Thai Navy Seals, including a doctor, made the 6 hour journey to the boys, bringing supplies. Four of them, including the doctor, stayed with them underground for the rest of their time in the cave. They were the very last to exit. The soccer team was trapped about 2 ½ miles from the entrance, at the end of what one diver called an underground obstacle course of rocky chambers, half-flooded canals and fully submerged sections. One of those fully submerged sections was 350 meters in length, more than 3 football fields, and the water was so muddy, he said it was like “swimming in coffee.” Experts said that realistically, given the shape they were in, they expected that if all went well, 60% of the boys would make it out alive. But the odds were decreasing all the time, and more heavy rain was on the way. So they made the difficult decision to go forward with the rescue...
  • The Rainbow

    by Melissa Bane Sevier
    There was talk at Grace Church. Sam Waters had come home. Sam is Tom and Betty’s son, and even as a child he had been a handful. Veteran church school teachers suddenly decided to take a year off when it was their turn to teach Sam. Betty and Tom also had trouble with Sam. Once he and some other boys broke windows around town, including windows at Grace Church. The church did not press charges and Tom and Betty replaced the windows. Just after Sam turned 18, he was driving some friends around one night. He waited while they stole a bottle of whiskey from a liquor store. He didn’t know they had a gun. They emptied the cash register and shot and wounded the owner. Sam went to prison for 8 years. When Sam got out of prison he moved away, but he could not get work. He came home to live with his parents. They were thrilled to have him home again and tried to make life normal. Sam spent his days looking for work and helping Tom on the farm. On Sundays, they came to church.
  • The Politics of Saving Everybody

    by Timothy Simpson
    The great American preacher Phillips Brooks once preached a sermon called “The Egyptians Dead Upon the Seashore,” in which he noted that the Israelites had been oppressed by the Egyptians for many years before they were finally able to overcome their enemies and escape from captivity. He used the example of the Israelites to show how even the most long-standing enemies can be defeated and how even seemingly interminable periods of suffering can come to an end. “When we are in the thick of an experience,” he explained, “we find it hard to believe or to imagine that the time will ever come, when that experience shall be wholly a thing of the past
  • Bound to Earth, Destined for Heaven

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    ["It was into this dark, dismal, scary space, a space defined by the ugliest kind of segregation (separation from God's presence) that Jesus voluntarily ventured. Here is George Mackay Brown, poet of Orkney, in his poem entitled The Harrowing of Hell..."]
  • The Green Face of God: Christianity in an Age of Ecocide

    by Mark I. Wallace
    ("At bedtime I sometimes read to my five-year-old daughter the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax. The story takes place in a bucolic setting of heavily fruited Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans, and Brown Bear Bar-ba-loots; it is a place where 'from the rippulous pond[s] / comes the comforting sounds / of the Humming-fish humming / while splashing around...")
  • Movies/Scenes Representing Covenant

    Compiled by Jenee Woodard
  • Movies/Scenes Representing Flood

    Compiled by Jenee Woodard

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