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Sermon: A Listening Heart
Texts: 1 Kings 3:1-10; Luke 11:33-36
Speaker: Joel Miller  

With our friends from CDC here today as part of the “Sacred Listening” process, I’d like to reflect on the gift of listening.  In a slightly roundabout way, through this story of King Solomon.  

The story in 1 Kings 3 contains a question just about everybody fantasizes about some time in life.  If you were granted one wish, what would it be?  Just thinking about it for a few seconds can get your heart rate up.  We have a birthday in our house this week, today is Ila’s 10th birthday, so that question shows up in its diminished and much more limited form: What present would you like?  Riches and fame we cannot promise, but some cool cash, a month of...

 

 

 

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Postcards from Sabbatical

Postcard #1 (St. Petersburg, FL)

To the church of God (and of Menno) that is in Columbus: Grace to you and peace from God the Creator, Jesus our Mentor and Model, and the Holy Spirit our Artist-in-Residence. 

First, I thank God for all of you and your generosity in allowing me this sabbatical time away to rest, to renew my spirit, and to reflect on the ways God is breathing new inspiration into my life and the life of our congregation. As I have written to you before, my hope was to spend this time focusing on the intersections of spirituality and creativity and their role as meaning-making endeavors in all of our lives. 

As I set out in this work, I am reminded of Paul’s words in his letter to...

 

 

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Sermon | Ownership, Stewardship, Discipleship | September 11 

Texts: Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 14:17-24; Matthew 6:19-21

Speaker: Joel Miller

I recently came across a blurb about a church that uses the parking lot of a nearby business on Sunday mornings.  That’s a pretty typical arrangement for churches in cities and older neighborhoods.  Like ours.  We benefit from the neighborliness of four such businesses between us and High Street - Clintonville Apartments, Central City Solutions, High Street Dental, and SMART Federal Credit Union.  Some of you are parked in those spots this morning.

What made this other arrangement unique is that one Sunday a year folks from the church aren’t allowed to use the parking lot.  Not because the business has a special event.  But because the business owner wants to remind the church this isn’t actually their...

 

 

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Summoned by the God Who Made Us - Voices Together #1. Text: Delores Dufner, OSB (USA), © 1993 Delores Dufner (published by OCP).  All rights reserved.   Podcast/Streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE, license #A-727859.  All rights reserved.  Music: American traditional (USA), in John Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second, 1813.  Public domain. 

God Welcomes All / Amen - Voices Together #32. Text: John L. Bell (Scotland). Music: South African traditional; transcr. John L. Bell. © 2008 WGRG, Iona Community (admin. GIA Publications, Inc.). All rights reserved.   Podcast/Streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE, license #A-727859.  All rights reserved.  

One Is the Body - Voices Together #386. Text: based on Ephesians 4:4-13, John L. Bell (Scotland); Music: John L. Bell © 1997, 2002 WGRG, Iona Community (admin. GIA Publications, Inc.).  All rights reserved.   Podcast/Streamed...

 

 

 

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Sermon | The place of honor
Texts: Proverbs 25:6-7; Luke 14:1,7-14
Speaker: Joel Miller

When Jesus goes to eat at the house of a community leader, he’s being watched.  That’s how Luke chapter 14 begins: “On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the Sabbath, they were watching him closely.”  It’s a bit ambiguous who “they” are who are doing the close watching, but we can assume it was other members of that group known as the Pharisees, and anybody else within watching distance.  

“Watching closely” doesn’t necessarily imply suspicion or mal intent.  Jesus had been making quite a name for himself.  He’s been stirring things up by restoring body and status to the sick, honoring women, casting out...

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