We found 62 additional articles filed under liturgical year. They're listed below, most recent first.
- The Odd Ones in God's Mission
03/27/2011 -- When God chooses people to use for mission, the human mind cannot even begin to understand.
- Why Did Jesus Have to Go to Samaria?
03/26/2011 -- The reason for Jesus going to Samaria is best summed up in the words of the Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:28: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ."
- God's Faithful Provision in Our Journey
03/25/2011 -- Whether we are in the wilderness like the Israelites or in the Killing Fields of Cambodia during the Khmer Rogue, whether we are in the slums or plush subdivisions and mansions, God listens to our murmurings.
- God's Faithful Provision in the Midst of Most Human Complaints
03/24/2011 -- So many times we find ourselves complaining: How am I going to do this? How are we going to pay our rent? Why is God doing this to me? We, like the Israelites, operate on a short-term memory.
- A New Heart and a New Spirit
03/23/2011 -- In this time of Lent, we prepare ourselves for the deepest transformation we can go through as human being or institutions: getting a new heart and new spirit that we may have the fruits of the tree in abundance so nobody will go hungry anymore in our glo...
- God's New Creation
03/22/2011 -- As God created heavens and earth very good in the beginning (Genesis 1:31), so God is renewing the heavens and earth for the people to rejoice. God will not destroy the earth to make another universe.
- A Child's Eye View
03/21/2011 -- During this Lenten season, help us to see the world through the eyes and hearts of children.
- God in the Cloud
03/20/2011 -- A cloud seems to sit over the barrio. It is just there, a cloud of poverty, a cloud of domestic violence, a cloud of drug and alcohol abuse, a cloud of illiteracy, a cloud of hunger—blotting out any reason for hope for generations.
- God's Plan
03/19/2011 -- Faith in God and God's vision is easy to talk about, but it is more difficult to just turn loose and know that wherever God leads us is where we need to go and to be.
- Speak Up/Speak Out for Justice
03/18/2011 -- Today's reading shows how we can find hope for the future by looking to our past relationship with God and others.
- A Makeover in the Making
03/17/2011 -- When we live an honest Lent and allow ourselves to walk that hot dusty August road that exists in every heart, may we too be able to acknowledge the "dead ground," the "moonscapes" of our lives. May we be honest enough to find God's Easter joy of "exubera...
- Love to the Least, the Last and the Lost
03/16/2011 -- When we consider those who nurtured us then we can ask how can we as individuals and as Christian communities respond with love to the least, the last and the lost so that we are not a stumbling block for others.
- A Homeless Wanderer
03/15/2011 -- Many women are homeless or at risk of being homeless when they come to Emma Norton Residence in St. Paul, Minnesota.
- Called Awake and Fed
03/14/2011 -- We recognize what it means to be on a long journey facing loneliness and despair. In the face of every "newcomer" is the reflection of ourselves. Each of us can be the living embodiment of God's love and provide the compassion and care that will sustain o...
- Overcoming Temptation
03/13/2011 -- The Temptation of Christ in the desert is a well-known lesson in the Christian faith. Although the story took place more than 2,000 years ago, all of us, and especially our youth, face Satan's temptations daily.
- Give Yourself
03/12/2011 -- During this Lenten season, may each of us examine the condition of our own hearts, humbly seek God's mercy, and shower mercy on others through the giving of ourselves to help meet their needs.
- And Also Much Cattle
03/11/2011 -- Why does God care for whom he cares? Why for so much of the time does God's job description seem to be to rescue the perishing, care for the dying? Just how does God snatch them in pity from sin and the grave? Why did Jesus weep o'er the erring one, lift ...
- Set Apart for the Gospel
03/10/2011 -- Rev. Fahrmeier became "transformed and reminded that God can touch even the most fragile of little souls and transform them."
- Ash and Faith: A Reflection on Ash Wednesday
03/09/2011 -- The images associated with Easter and Christmas are visually more pleasing than those associated with Ash Wednesday. The latter is stuck with images of ashes and sackcloth. Aesthetically speaking, ratings drop at these images. We don't give ashes much tho...
- This Unspeakable Gift
12/22/2010 -- We've been dwelling with the story of Mary and Elizabeth at Women's Division this season. In preparation for the worship at Leadership Training Event, we began thinking about the roles of these two women in hearing God's call and participating in working ...
- Come and Follow
12/15/2010 -- What does it mean to come and follow? We are all called, set apart, to respond in obedience with the love and grace provided through Jesus Christ.
- Above, Through, In: Our Deep Connection
12/15/2010 -- Our desire to connect with family and friends reaches a peak during Advent and the holiday season.
- Green Holiday Ideas
12/09/2010 -- We offer ideas for celebrating the holiday season with the Christian call to environmental stewardship in mind.
- Toward the Peaceful Kingdom: A Faith Walk
12/02/2010 -- Kindness matters for creating spaces for a peaceable kingdom to take root in our hearts, in our work places and in our communities.
- Hope in the Midst of Struggle
12/02/2010 -- Let us focus on one group of people that needs special help during this happy period of Advent: the aged.
- Being Prepared: A Faith Walk
11/23/2010 -- Once again we stand on the threshold of the Advent season, our expectant hearts excited by the remembrance of the coming of Emmanuel, God with us.
- Mutuality Between Hearing & Speaking
05/20/2010 -- The story of Pentecost is one of those moments that knocks the breath out of you, and awakens you to watch people’s faces and listen to what they say.
- Palm Sunday: Hospitality and The Holy City
03/26/2010 -- The celebration, music and excitement of Palm Sunday lead us into Holy Week and offer time for reflection on hospitality.
- God is Making All Things New
03/19/2010 -- Bishop Hope Morgan Ward shares a story on scripture in a meditation for the Fifth Sunday in Lent.
- What is it to be an Ambassador of God Today?
03/12/2010 -- A Lenten reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Lent shares how God puts us to use for mission.
- Second Sunday in Lent : February 28th, 2010
03/01/2010 -- The Philippians struggled with a problem we also face every day: how to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in a world that is upside-down and often hostile to our mission and our convictions.
- Sojourner, Story and the Savior
02/19/2010 -- A reflection for the First Sunday in Lent, Feb. 21, discussing what true worship is.
- Sin, Sackcloth, and the Spirit: Ash Wednesday Reflection
02/16/2010 -- The Lenten journey, which starts on Ash Wednesday signals a lengthened time set apart for spiritual health practices in the days to come.
- All Saint’s Day: All Things New
10/27/2009 -- Editor of Response magazine Barbara Wheeler reflects on death and remembrance for All Saint's Day, Nov. 1.
- A Reflection on Easter
04/07/2009 -- This is one day on which the cynics are wrong. The barrier of human death is revealed as vulnerable and the love of God shows through in glory and in humility.
- What’s So Good About Good Friday?
04/07/2009 -- How do you observe or “celebrate” Good Friday? What makes it a “good” day?
- Repetition is Good
04/03/2009 -- Yearly, Christians celebrate the seasons of Christmas and Easter. There are some things we need to repeat, like the Christian year, and the repetition is good.
- A New Covenant, a New Community
03/27/2009 -- This Lent my heart has grown “strangely warmed” as I think about United Methodist women across the country building a new community through their loving acts of mercy and justice.
- Fourth Sunday in Lent: The Meaning of Grace
03/20/2009 -- By God’s grace I am well loved and cared and I am recovered and claim myself, “I am your precious daughter, O Lord!” What a great gift this is!
- Third Week in Lent: Let My Life Be Acceptable to You, Oh Lord
03/12/2009 -- In this third week of Lent we are blessed by The Word that comes from different times, different lives and different histories giving passionate testimony to the greatness and power of God.
- Taking Up My Cross: A Lenten Reflection
03/05/2009 -- My cross is to carve out a space to redefine what it means to be free on earth as it is in heaven.
- Rainbows & Papayas: A Lenten Reflection
02/25/2009 -- "Where is God?” was a question many people asked as Hurricane Mitch pounded Honduras in 1998. The women unanimously answered, “God was with us during the storm.”
- Pilgrimages for Peace: A Lenten Reflection for Ash Wednesday
02/25/2009 -- This Ash Wednesday, as I remember Nicaraguan ministry of presence in the dusty places of Nicaragua, I realize that their trips were Lenten pilgrimages.
- Advent One: Are You Awake?
12/16/2008 -- The season of Advent is upon us. Are you awake?
- Second Sunday in Advent: Finding Your Peace
12/16/2008 -- How can we begin to consider world peace unless we have peace within ourselves?
- Third Sunday in Advent: Hearing & Listening
12/16/2008 -- Are you hearing and listening to the testimony of John the Baptist?
- Fourth Sunday in Advent: Remembering the Least of These
12/16/2008 -- As Christians what will our focus be? Will we feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, cloth the naked, visit the sick or visit the prisoner? Isn’t this what Christmas is all about?
- Branded by Baptism Against Identity Theft
09/22/2008 -- As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not ...
- Branded by Baptism Against Identity Theft (Part 2)
09/22/2008 -- And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes thr...
- Branded by Baptism Against Identity Theft (Part 3)
09/22/2008 -- The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”
- Branded by Baptism Against Identity Theft (Part 4)
09/22/2008 -- Jesus went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. Many came to him, and they were saying, “John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” And many believed i...
- An Advent Journey: Being Re-gifted with Peace and Bread
09/22/2008 -- Prophet Isaiah sees a vision. He sees the transformation of one set of tools into a new set of equipments, tools of war-making instruments made into farming tools.
- An Advent Journey: Re-gifted with Shalom
09/22/2008 -- One of the Bible Women leaders in the Philippines, a deaconess, once corrected me when I said an Isaiah passage presents an alternative vision of the world. She said, “It is the original vision of God for us,” and she is right.
- An Advent Journey: Re-gifted for a Transformed Journey
09/22/2008 -- Is not Advent all about making way for the birth of Jesus?
- An Advent Journey: God’s Signature: “Eternally Yours”
09/22/2008 -- Christmas is a story of people’s long walk home, under the Roman Empire, in order to register their existence and get proper personal identification.
- A Rendezvous with God Part 1: Women Putting Out Clay Jars
09/10/2008 -- Wise women know when to keep their jars empty for the falling dew from heaven to fill them.
- A Rendezvous with God Part 2: Turning Our Hearts Inward
09/10/2008 -- Ash Wednesday is a call to empty ourselves and put our hearts out for the falling dew of God’s renewal.
- Second Week of Lent: Meeting Jesus at Night
08/21/2008 -- Many theologians and even Jesus, himself have said that the God of love and grace, justice and community is found in the margins, in the darkness.
- Fourth Week of Lent: “Where He Leads, I Will Follow”
08/21/2008 -- Sometimes the obvious is really not so obvious, and what we want to hear or see may not be what is best for the future.
- Fifth Week of Lent: Tell Them They Can Live Again
08/21/2008 -- Young people today are looking death squarely in the face. At no other time in history have young people been so vulnerable to criminal activity, incarceration, sexual abuse, homicide, suicide, unemployment, poverty, lack of health care and homelessness.
- Sixth Week of Lent: Encounter Between Two Kingdoms
08/21/2008 -- It was Good Friday. In the wee hours of the day, Jesus stood on trial before Pilate, the Roman governor.
- Easter: Focused on the Facts, but Missing the Story?
08/21/2008 -- The presence of the women in the Easter story continues to be a marvel and a wonder to me. Of course, Jesus the Christ has center stage in the narrative; nothing should compete with his role in the story, much less succeed in supplanting him.
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