Dispatch from the Edge (Blog)

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01/13/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: January 13, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
January 13, 2017    1st week after Epiphany   R. S. Thomas, “The Coming”   And God held in his hand A small globe. Look, he said. The son looked. Far off, As through water, he saw A scorched land of fierce Colour. The light burned There; crusted buildings Cast their shadows; a bright Serpent, a river Uncoiled itself, radiant With slime.   On a bare Hill a bare tree saddened The sky. Many people Held out their thin arms To it, as though waiting For a vanished April To return to its crossed Boughs. The son watched Them. Let me go there, he said.

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01/06/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: January 6, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
January 6, 2017    Epiphany Today concludes Christmastide. It really is a marvelous thing, isn't it, the Incarnation? That God refused to stay far from us, that God refused to leave us to our own devices? In the Incarnation, we learn that God is (as God has always been) joined to the world, only now in an even more immediate and profound way. As Vikki preached last week, it matters how we understand Jesus' Incarnation!   Epiphany is the climax of the Advent/Christmas Season and the Twelve Days of Christmas, which are usually counted from the evening of December 25th until the morning of January 6th, which is the Twelfth Day.

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12/30/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: December 30, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
December 30, 2016    Christmastide As I walked at Arlington Garden this week for prayerful reflection, while walking to the rhythm of the woodpecker’s rat-a-tat-tat, I passed through a cool, dense section of pine trees and spied a cairn atop the knoll. Cairns have become one of my favorite encounters on any walk, anywhere in the world.  I like to stop and add a pebble to the mound, to mark that I too have passed this way, to offer quiet thanks for the land and the sky and the trees.

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12/23/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: December 23, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
December 23, 2016  Christmas Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’   All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:   ’Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).   When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. — Matthew 1:18-25 (ESV)     As you celebrate the Incarnation, the birth of Christ, enjoy this family-friendly excerpt from Sally Lloyd Jones' Jesus Storybook Bible: He's Here!

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12/16/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: December 16, 2016 Fourth Week of Advent
by Anita Sorenson
Advent’s the poetry. Advent’s the strange deeds that led up to the Great Deed. Advent is the power of the mystery that from the beginning stretches through the immortality of Elijah straight out into time, into Transfiguration, into Easter. Advent is all these things Ultimately, Advent is the grand narrative. It’s the one that makes us Christian. It’s the one that ties it all together. This is what we wait for. This is what comes. Amen. Phyllis Tickle

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12/09/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: December 9, 2016 Third Week of Advent
by Anita Sorenson
December 9, 2016 Third Week of Advent Our spiritual life depends on his perpetual coming to us, far more than our going to him. Every time a channel is made for him he comes; every time our hearts are open to him, he enters, bringing a fresh gift of his very life, and on that life we depend. We should think of the whole power and splendor of God as always pressing in upon our small souls. Evelyn Underhill

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12/02/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: December 4, 2016 | Second Sunday of Advent
by Anita Sorenson
December 4, 2016 | Second Sunday of Advent Isaiah 11:1-10 The Message (MSG) 1-5 A green Shoot will sprout from Jesse’s stump, from his roots a budding Branch. The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him, the Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding, The Spirit that gives direction and builds strength, the Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God. Fear-of-God will be all his joy and delight. He won’t judge by appearances, won’t decide on the basis of hearsay. He’ll judge the needy by what is right, render decisions on earth’s poor with justice. His words will bring everyone to awed attention. A mere breath from his lips will topple the wicked. Each morning he’ll pull on sturdy work clothes and boots, and build righteousness and faithfulness in the land.

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11/26/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: November 25, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
November 25, 2016 | 27th week of Ordinary time The house lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised his baton. In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen…The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment. Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark

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11/18/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: November 18, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
November 18, 2016 | 26th week of Ordinary time Psalm 15 Lord, who can be trusted with power, and who may act in your place? Those with a passion for justice, who speak the truth from their hearts; who have let go of selfish interests and grown beyond their own lives; who see the wretched as their family and the poor as their flesh and blood. They alone are impartial and worthy of the people’s trust. Their compassion lights up the whole earth, and their kindness endures forever.

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11/11/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: November 11, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
In this election week of painful revelation of the deep divisions in our country, we in the Body of Christ hold together around the Beatitudes, the teachings of Jesus our brother, and bless each other to continue to faithfully participate in the Kingdom coming, on earth as it is in heaven.

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