January 27, 2019
Today's modern lesson is from the Broadway play Raisin in the Sun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NMOnxJsFq8
and the sermon is a reflection on Mathew 4:1-11 (The story of the Temptation of Jesus by Satan) as well as a quote from Dr. King's "Letter from the Birmingham Jail"
January 14, 2019
This sermon kick's off CCC's 200th anniversary year of celebration. It was a mostly musical service of 19th century period music. There were two videos we played of modern music, but which stories are set in this period. They are both very powerful and I hope you take a listen or watch them....
December 30, 2018
In this season of Christmas, we encounter a surprising genealogy of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. There are four Kings in the line of David who are not included, and four women, plus Mary, who are. Who is included and who is left out of the story of Jesus' lineage tells us a lot about who the gospel writer understood Jesus to be. Also, taking the time to read the stories of the four kings and four women, to discover what about them might have gotten them excluded or included in Jesus' genealogy is a great metaphor for slowing down in the Christmas season to reflect on the nature of who Jesus is. Instead of rushing to the birth story, instead of skipping ahead to the three wise men, we are invited to explore the stories of these eight people who make this genealogy unusual. Their stories help us to understand the story of Jesus. Merry Christmas. Rev. Jason
A reading from Matthew 1:1-17.
December 24, 2018
What happens when the story we have come to know so well, the one we expect and think can't help but end the way it has always ended--changes?
December 16, 2018
Today's scripture is taken from Isaiah 42:1-8 & Matthew 12:15-21