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Luke McPhillips

Meditation: Mar. 17 Mark 14:1-9 (Luke McPhillips)

Due to the fact that I still struggle to identify what religion means to me, it is a bit difficult it evaluate this passage from a perspective based on my faith. Church has always been more about being in a healthy reciprocated relationship with other people. It is about finding something bigger than me, and contributing to the collective. Read more

Meditation: Mar. 16 Mark 14:1-9 (Marlene Eubanks)

~~The Woman with the Alabaster Box
 Reflections on Mark 14 verses 1-9, KJV As a child, I attended a church in which Sunday School preceded the main Sunday service.  There were classes for everyone from kindergarten to adulthood. As a result, I have heard or read the story of the Woman with the Alabaster Box of precious spikenard many times. I might have been in first grade when I first heard this story. Even now I can remember thinking that this story did not make very much sense. I had some very practical questions: Why would the woman pour the spikenard over Jesus? Did the nard get in Jesus's eyes like shampoo? What was nard anyway? Was it sticky and did it mess up his hair? Did Jesus know the woman? Did she have a name? (Frankly, I sided with those mumblers who thought that the woman should have sold the nard and given the money to the poor). It goes without saying that my Sunday School teachers could not answer my questions. Read more
Lindsay McHugh

Meditation: Mar. 14 Mark 14:1 - 9 (Lindsay McHugh)

What strikes me first about this passage is the very concrete nature of the writing. The scene is set at a particular time and place. It is two days before the Passover, in a town called Bethany. Once again, we see Jesus staying at the home of an outcast, Simon the leper. A woman comes in with an alabaster jar of nard, a costly ointment. Read more
Lancy Clough

Meditation: Mar. 13 Mark 14:1 - 9 (Lancy Clough)

As Jesus sits down to dinner a woman of the house appears. She breaks open a large jar of expensive oil and pours it over his head. Then an awkward and extravagant gesture of welcome for a guest of honor is turned upside down with angry scolding from others at the table. In the end we find out that the gift that should have been used for a more valuable purpose turns out to have been used for a valuable purpose after all. Read more
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Scripture for the Fourth Week of Lent (Luke 12:22-32)

He said to his disciples, 'Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Read more
Tom McCauley

Meditation: Mar. 10 Luke 12:22-32 (Tom McCauley)

Don’t worry about my (our) life, what we eat, what we wear….home, health, employment, education, retirement????? On and on this could go for my (our) everyday life. I find this a hard passage to embrace, as I struggle and worry about all these things and my family’s needs. We all go through different “patches” in our lives where we feel more desperate, more stressed, more worry, and sometimes panic! Sometimes it is health related, death of loved ones, employment, relationships, and the list goes on. (Which ones are yours?) Read more
David Gorman

Meditation: Mar. 9 Luke 12:22-32 (David Gorman)

"Don't get above yourself, David!" Grammy Gorman would say to me on many occasions. Read more
Cheryl Thompson

Meditiation: Mar. 7 Luke 12:22-32 (Cheryl Thompson)

Makes me think about the Serenity Prayer. Jesus seems to be saying that it is the larger community that is responsible for individual's basic care. Read more

Meditation: Mar. 6 Luke 12:22-32 (Doug Franklin)

Consider the lilies of the field…They do not toil, nor do they spin. Read more
Susan Chrystal

Meditation: Mar. 5 Luke 12:22-32 (Susan Chrystal)

This week’s reading serves up a familiar set of verses: God feeds the birds and clothes the lilies of the field, so we can be confident that God will take care of us. In Luke’s rendering, it is a deceptively simple concept. And yet I’ve spent these first weeks of Lent discovering just how very difficult it is for me to follow in practice. Read more

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