Today around 1,000 people packed the gymnasium of Saint Philip Neri Catholic Church* in Indianapolis to show their support to immigrant and refugee families. This gathering was planned by IndyCAN, an interfaith organization bringing people of faith together to make a positive difference in our community. Our mayor of the City of Indianapolis, Joe Hogsett, came and spoke. We also heard the voices of people who are affected by our current immigration system. One mother shared that her husband was detained by ICE officers recently. He is simply being detained with no end in sight. He has no trial date, no … Continue reading Where’s the Immigration Line?
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 The Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. Message: Stand up straight! Fix your posture! These may be words you grew up hearing from your parents or a teacher. Stand up tall. This is not something I have always learned in … Continue reading Message: Learning Humbly
Jan 15, 2017 Sermon: “Don’t Forget” Scripture: Deuteronomy 4: 9-10 and Hebrews 10: 19-25 With hands shaking and knees trembling, I nervously walked into the pulpit of the chapel. It had been two weeks of nonstop travel and learning in South Korea and now Japan, as our seminary group traveled to learn about the culture and religion of these two nations. Now, I had prepared a sermon to give on behalf of my seminary group, my seminary, the United Methodist Church, and Christians in the USA. No pressure! Tokyo Union Seminary is as diverse in denominational affiliations as it … Continue reading Message “Don’t Forget”
They have finally arrived at the nativity! From the Christmas decoration box they are finally reunited with the animals, Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. It is Epiphany after all! It’s a strange and interesting story that we remember on January 6th each year. After the 12 day season of Christmas, we finally welcome to our nativity scene three wise men. Tradition tells us that these men were kings, wise men, or magi likely from the area of Iran or Iraq since the Gospel of Matthew tells us that they followed the star westward, from the east to Jerusalem then … Continue reading Star of Wonder, Guide Us To Thy Perfect Light
After a long evening of candlelight, beautiful music, and readings from Isaiah and Luke, I found my way through the darkness of night to my living room. We had just finished extinguishing the final candles of Christmas Eve. The weariness had set in, yet the joy was immense as I found the remote and began watching the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass from Rome. It has become a Christmas Eve or rather Christmas morning tradition in the last few years following our late 11pm worship service. I began eating a Christmas cookie when I heard the words translated during the distribution of … Continue reading When Christmas Comes for Every Child
Our family celebrated Christmas morning today on Christmas Eve. We will have worship on Christmas morning, so that has caused us to readjust our celebration schedule a tad. On this Christmas (Eve) morning, the sun has yet to shine. It remains cloudy and fairly warm for this time of year, with a slight chance of rain. I don’t think it will be a white Christmas this year. Even so, the Savior of the world will dawn. It’s been a dark and cloudy year for some. I have met many people during the last year who have lost loved ones, jobs, … Continue reading The Savior of the World Will Dawn
We are 10 days away! Christmas is coming soon, very soon. Are you ready to celebrate? It’s easy to lose focus this time of year. The snow was falling yesterday. It was beautiful to watch it fall from the heavens to earth covering everything in a Christmas wrapping. I admit though, it was hard to focus. Every window was filled with a beautiful Christmas postcard. I couldn’t stop looking out the windows! This morning, as I lead our Morning Prayer session at my church, my mind started to wander during my prayer. In fact, as we entered into the Lord’s … Continue reading Advent Focus