News & Updates (Page 31)

The Great Descent Psalm 30, Acts 9:1-20 and 1 Peter 3:18-22   Western Presbyterian Church is indebted to Jim Atwood and the dedicated group of Western members who for years have been demonstrating against improper and illegal gun sales at Realco Guns in District Heights, advocating for background checks for every single gun sale, and speaking-out for the prevention ofRead More →

It Seemed to Them an Idle Tale Luke 24:1-12   As I reflect on the gospel account of the women at Jesus’ tomb, I can’t help but think that each of us has lost something we love. Maybe for some, it’s a dream gone to the wind that we tried to hold on to for ourselves or for a sonRead More →

That Stones Will Speak Psalm 118, Luke 19:28–40 Palm Sunday   As an aside, and one of the things I think is interesting to know, is that a parade with palms and people shouting “Blessed is the one…” didn’t start with Jesus. On that day when Jesus and his disciples were walking toward Jerusalem, crowds of Jews would’ve been movingRead More →

When You Come to a Fork in the Road Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32   Where I’ve just come from, Yogi Berra’s the man. Of course, the Yankees gave Yogi his fame but in Northern New Jersey, and my town, specifically, Yogi is a larger than life, philanthropic, fun-loving legend. We have the Yogi Berra Museum, Yogi Berra golf outings, Yogi BerraRead More →

The God of the Fourth Year Fig Tree Isaiah 55:1-9 and Luke13:1-9   Well, here we are. We made it through May 22, 2011, October 21, 2011, and December 21, 2012. And now Sequestration has touched down and it still wasn’t the end of the world. – it might seem to be the end of the intelligent world, yes, butRead More →

Yet Unfinished: Urban Possibility Isaiah 65:17-25, Luke 13:31-35   Roman Catholic Archbishop Romero of San Salvador was assassinated because of his work on behalf of the poor. He said:   “It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetimeRead More →

Progressive Lenses Luke 9:28-36  A Celebration of the Transfiguration of our Lord   A friend of mine calls herself a collapsed Catholic. (A collapsed Catholic must be one step farther away from religion than a lapsed Catholic, right?) She called to tell me that the strangest thing happened as she was leaving the grocery store. As she was getting intoRead More →

Boundless Jeremiah 1: 4-10, Luke 4: 21-30   Too many of us barrel through life – or drift on a cloud – of perceived inadequacy. Formed by too much television or football or overbearing parents or senseless imaginations, or a really bad friend, we begin to believe early on that we’re not about to measure up (to what, only youRead More →

From the Square Before the Water Gate Nehemiah 8: 1-10, Ps 19, Lk 4: 14-21   Grace and peace to you all, in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are brought together to worship and rejoice in our God, and to learn to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are broughtRead More →

Beyond Fear Matthew 2:1-12   A week before Christmas and our move to DC, my husband’s friend recommended that we Netflix A Man Called Peter. I won’t ask if you know the movie. That would probably be like asking a New Yorker if she knows Bat Man. But for those who’ve just moved here, A Man Called Peter’sthe iconic filmRead More →