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Cabinet of Colloquial Curiosities, IV: Respair

Date: March 21, 2021

Bible Text: John 12:20–36 |

Unless you’re truly a scholar of the Gospel of John, it’s likely today’s scripture passage will be—at least in part—unfamiliar. Yes, Jesus is speaking in parables, with familiar metaphors from nature. Yes Jesus is with his disciples. Yes Jesus is being followed by a crowd. This is
2021-04-05T21:09:20-05:00

Cabinet of Colloquial Curiosities, II: Druery

Date: March 7, 2021

Bible Text: John 4:1–42 |

I think the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well is so beloved because in this single vivid snapshot of a wounded woman, John shows us how Jesus constantly, relentlessly, routinely reaches out to touch and heal the least, the last, the lost, the lame, the leper, the loser, and the
2021-03-15T13:39:39-05:00

Cabinet of Colloquial Curiosities, I: Zenobia

Date: February 28, 2021

Bible Text: John 1:43–51 |

The inspiration for our Lenten Sermon Series at Kenilworth Union comes from Paul Anthony Jones’ The Cabinet of Calm: Soothing Words for Troubled Times (2020), where  this British author compiles 51 mostly extinct English words that for various reasons faded from our common vocabulary over the centuries, but which might nonetheless speak a word of
2021-03-02T12:08:04-06:00

Better

Date: February 21, 2021

Bible Text: Mark 1:12 |

Eternal God how excellent is your name in all the earth we give you honor and glory for the gift of this day and for the gift of this time of worship. We pray now that as we approach your word, which is a lamp unto our feet, and light unto our pathway, that you
2021-02-24T10:12:35-06:00

Out of the Dust

Date: February 17, 2021

Bible Text: Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21 |

“Remember you are dust.” we say to ourselves on the threshold of Lent, as if we could overlook the frailty and fragility of life during a pandemic.  The phases and tiers of reopening, the positivity rates and ICU bed availability, so many numbers that rise and fall and spiral as the months wear on into
2021-02-23T05:32:17-06:00