Choose an Ending

Isaiah 25: 6-9/Mark 16:1-8                 4.1.18

When our sons were into reading chapter books, I remember their keen interest in reading the books where you could choose your own adventure.  It was a whole series that was very popular in the late 1980s and the 1990’s.  You came to a certain point in the plot and then you could decide the next steps the main character would take and then be directed to skip to the next part of the story, depending on what you chose.  The process continues throughout the book, providing a wide variety of possibilities for the endings, depending on the reader.  These books invited re-reading again and again, for the story could be different each time.  The idea of choosing your own adventure drew in reluctant readers and encouraged young people to be creative in shaping the stories they read.

When you think about it, the gospel of Mark kind of operates like a choose your own adventure book at the end. The very earliest, and therefore described by scholars as the most reliable, copies of the gospel end at v. 8, kind of with a cliffhanger.  The women have come to the tomb expecting a body to honor with burial spices and they are surprised.  Continue reading

Re-Forming the Church: Standing up for the Vulnerable 11.12.17

Psalm 146:5-10, Matthew 10:5-10:

For I was hungry and you gave me food.
For I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
For I was sick and you took care of me…

I look at the words plastered on our doors which you used to describe the church last week and I am encouraged. Some of your words clearly describe a body of Christ that must be active in the world. The movement Jesus began was hands on, meeting physical and emotional needs, being the presence of God in the world. This morning we continue to reflect and consider how we are being called to re-shape or re-form this body of Christ today.

When he first sent out the twelve to get to disciple work, Jesus instructed them to teach and to heal. This was not just an evangelizing crusade. Continue reading