Blessed Hunger, Holy Feast: Lent 1

Deuteronomy 26:1-19 is the defining narrative for the Israelites. They were once wanderers. Now they have a home and food. God acted and God saved them from desolation and disappearance. Now they respond with thanks – sharing the produce of their harvests so that those who are as vulnerable as they once were can feast, too!

Why waste this perfume?

Mary pours the perfume onto Jesus’ physical body, anointing him and preparing him (and us) for death. The disciples must face that what they/we love will die. Let’s pay attention to the perfume of today. What needs to be anointed for dying? What structures in our church, our religion, etc., must go? Even the dearly loved structures that we’ve relied …

Jesus was troubled

Rongbin Xie John 12:20-33 2000 years ago, Jesus was troubled by “this hour” (time to die on the cross) and “this purpose” (to glorify the Father) which Christians nowadays are facing as well. It reveals the imbalances between spiritual life and physical life and the tension within ministries that are stressing many Christians out. Trying to achieve balance within lives …

Lent 1 – Hungry

The theme for Lent 2018 at JSMC is Experiments in Obedience. Each week we’ll highlight a different aspect of 21st century living and offer ideas and experiments that challenge us to reduce our excesses. We hope these challenges emphasize our faith commitments to living simply out of obedience and love for God, Creation, neighbor and self. Mark 1:9-15 Lent 1 …