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Sermon | Locusts and swords, dreams and visions
Text: Joel 1:1-7; 2:21-31
Speaker: Joel Miller

 

Of the 150+ Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle, exactly one includes a passage from the book of Joel.  I take no personal offense at this.  I’ve always liked that my biblical namesake is considered to be one of the “minor prophets.”  It does take some of the pressure off.  Or as fellow CMCer Joel Call recently said of the name, it’s like an indy label.  I’m waiting for his band “Joel and the minor prophets.”  Add in small business owner Joel Copeland, and we’re kind of everywhere around here.          

One of my first Bible memory verses of my own choosing was Joel chapter 1 verse 1.  “The word of the Lord came to Joel, son of Pethuel.”  I had no idea who Pethuel was, and still don’t, but I kind of liked the sound of the word of the Lord coming...

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Itching Ears

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:4

I was asked if I would give a short meditation today as part of our hymn-sing service, but my hope is to leave space for as much singing as we can possibly fit into these precious few minutes of our Sunday morning together. A hymn-sing is a great day to continue exploring my sabbatical theme of creativity and spirituality, so I looked to the lectionary to see if any of the texts for today fit that theme. The one I chose might seem like an odd choice, but there was something about these words to Timothy that I couldn’t quite shake as I thought about what it means to practice faith from a place of creativity and expression. 

This is one of the many books in the Bible attributed to Paul...

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Healing, feeling | 9 October 2022      
1 Kings 5:1-3,9-14; Luke 17:11-19
Speaker: Joel Miller

Resmaa Menakem begins his book My Grandmother’s Hands by telling a story about just that – the hands of his maternal grandmother.  When he was young, he and his grandma would curl up together on the couch when they watched TV.  Because she often felt pain in her hands, she would ask Resmaa to massage her hands in his.  As he did this, he would notice how broad her fingers were on her small body, with thick callouses on each thumb.  One day he asked her why her hands were like this.  She replied that when she was his age the family was sharecroppers and she had picked cotton.  The sharp cotton burr would tear the...

 

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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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