Advent Two: Peace Proclaimed

Luke 3:1-6 tells us that God’s word showed up through John in a surprising place. It didn’t come through any of the government officials or rulers Luke mentions. It came to John who was located in a wilderness, far away from the powers. Where is our wilderness? Might God be showing up there? Pastor Stan asked us to be prepared …

Tamar and Amnon

In this Sunday’s service we remembered and lamented Tamar, daughter of David, whose story is found in 2 Samuel 13. Through her, we remembered and lamented our own stories and connections to sexualized violence. After a healing ritual of lament songs and candle-lighting, we looked toward hope. We at JSMC are a community that ends the silence surrounding sexual abuse …