Dispatch from the Edge (Blog)

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02/18/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: February 17, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
February 17, 2017    6th week after Epiphany Jesus is our salvation, the radiance of the God we cannot see, the unquenchable fire of love, the one for whom the angels sing. The Holy One of God, the true and ever, the eternal High Priest, the Lord of the Ages, the ...

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02/10/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: February 10, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
February 10, 2017   5th week after Ephiphany  Walking Lent: Being A Neighboring Church The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood. John 1:14 The Message "But who is my neighbor?" the legal expert asked Jesus, prompting the story of the Good Samaritan. We are asking the same at ...

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02/03/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: February 3, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
February 3, 2017    4th week after Epiphany   Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth...   This is a scandalous, difficult prayer, isn't it? To affirm that God rules over the world, even when we encounter much in the world that is at odds with God, with justice, with what is right and true and good. Of course, this is no unique or modern dilemma. When we look to the prayers and the Scriptures emerging from our Israelite forefathers and foremothers, we find a people who faced evils unfamiliar to most of us (Babylonian captivity, genocide, political annihilation, the boot of the Roman Empire, long seasons of extreme economic and agricultural insecurity) and yet who still announced, through their prophets and their Psalms, a relentless reliance on the ultimate rule of God. This was their hope, their faith, their appeal. And of course, it was the same for the early church; the martyrs do not tell us a story of evil avoided but of their hope in the One who is greater than evil. 

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01/27/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: January 27, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
January 27, 2017 3rd week after Epiphany A part of my work week is spent sitting in a chair, turned toward another, prayerfully listening to this person convey what he or she believes are the most significant movements in his or her relationship with God. It’s quiet work; reflective work. Almost always, at some point in this hour or so of being together, I will feel gratefulness at the gift of participating in such a holy exchange. I find this gentle work of listening and helping another attune to God so gratifying and enlivening.

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01/20/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: January 20, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
January 20, 2017  2nd week after Epiphany A Future Not Our Own It helps now and then to step back and take a long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise that ...

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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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