“Flowers Will Come of It” by John Morris

April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday

I’d like you to close your eyes and get as centered as you can, inside yourself, and after a minute or so of silence I’ll read you a short poem by Richard Wilbur.  It’s nice to realize, by the way, that today is evidently the seventy-sixth anniversary of the poem’s writing, because it’s entitled “April 5, 1974.”

April 5, 1974

The air was soft, the ground still cold.
In the dull pasture where I strolled
Was something I could not believe. . . .

. . . . Flowers, I said, will come of it.

[Read the full text of this poem at https://exceptindreams.livejournal.com/647275.html

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“What’s in a Name” by Peter Bankson

March 29, 2020

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Last Sunday, when we came together to worship online, I had a surprisingly wonderful sense of “being in this together.” There were about 50 of us, our variety captured in about 40 little thumbnails, each one unique, each one with a different name. Our names call forth our personalities. The image of Seekers Church gathered Last week on Zoom is hovering in my short-term memory as I think about finding a Word for this week.

We’re heading toward the end of our Lenten season, looking ahead, in just a few weeks, to Easter and the resurrection.…

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“Naming God – Lighting the Darkness” by Elese Sizemore

March 22, 2020

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Today’s metaphor for God (Peter’s list):   Precious Leaping Center of the Stuff of Life

Good morning everyone.  This sermon is the last in a series of four presented by the Eyes To See, Ears To Hear Peace Prayer Mission Group on the topic of how we in this church each name and understand God.  We have had several conversations about this subject in my group, including the issue of naming God in gendered and human terms, and how to best serve our diverse congregation, including our youth.

Today I would like to touch on the idea of how we “see” God and Christ, and how that informs how we see our faith.…

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“Bring Many Names” by Margreta Silverstone

March 15, 2020

The Third Sunday in Lent

Good morning. As you may recall, Eyes to See Ears to Hear Peace Prayer Mission Group has been in conversation with Celebration Circle for the past year about our naming of God within corporate worship. As part of that conversation, the mission group agreed to provide a series of sermons. This also follows on the Epiphany series of sermons that introduced you to the call and focus of the various mission groups within Seekers.

As a side note and given we are not meeting in person after this Sunday for a while, I encourage you to take the liturgy and the bulletin cover home.…

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“The Magnanimity of God” by Sandra Miller

March 8, 2020

The Second Sunday in Lent

Let us pray that the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be of value to you, Holy One, ground of our being who opens the path to our personal and communal salvation.  Amen

As you all know, I was unable to preach last Sunday. I would like to offer my public thanks to Pat for exchanging Sundays with me, and for how gracefully Celebration Circle shifted liturgists and roles to accommodate my illness. I had been entrusted by my mission group to offer an introduction to the cycle of 4 distinctly personal reflections by members of Eyes to See, Ears to Hear Peace Prayer Mission Group on the sensitive topic of how we name and understand God, and I would like to convey now some of what I prepared.…

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