Good news singers! At least one study is being done on the safety of congregational singing during this pandemic. There aren’t any results yet, but it’s good to know that we’re not the only ones who want to start singing again.
If you’re like me you regularly loose invitations to Zoom meetings. To that end, I’ve created a page on the church’s website where all the church’s Zoom meetings can be found in one place.
I love the United Methodist Church. And I have an attachment to our denomination emblem, the Cross and Flame. However, I recently started seeing it from a different perspective because of an article by Rev. Edlen Cowley. I would encourage you to look at it and let me know what you think at email@example.com.
Here’s one church’s experience that is keeping me up at night: https://bit.ly/3e2jyyg.
Margie Miller shared this with Jenny this morning, Jenny shared it with me, I’m sharing it with all of you. Blessings.
It’s probably a good thing I didn’t read this article before last Sunday’s sermon.
Early on in her latest post titled Mary, the Magnificat, and an Unsentimental Advent, Rachel Held Evans states “but I’m not feeling sentimental this Advent. I’m feeling angry, restless.” If you’re feeling the same way, I would encourage you to read her post.
NPR has a story about a Bible intended for slaves and published in 1807 that “excludes any portion of text that might inspire rebellion or liberation.” According to an associate curator at the museum where said Bible is on display, “About 90 percent of the Old Testament is missing [and] 50 percent of the New Testament is missing.”  The existence of such a version of the Bible is a reminder that the Bible is a dangerous book. That’s why slave owners insisted that so much of it removed, it’s why so much of it is still ignored today.
 Michel Martin, “Slave Bible From The 1800s Omitted Key Passages That Could Incite Rebellion,” NPR, December 09, 2018, , accessed December 10, 2018, https://n.pr/2QqWiCL.
Our very own Ruth Dieter was recently featured for a program called The Pack Horse Librarians Of Eastern Kentucky on National Public Radio (NPR).
My mom sent me this link, it’s a clip of a sermon from Bishop Curry (who preached at the most recent royal wedding). I love the way the preacher and congregation collaborate to more effectively proclaim the gospel. My favorite line:
“Love the neighbor you like and the neighbor you don’t like.” — Bishop Michael Curry
Daniel Burke, “Bishop Curry Warns ‘Somebody Woke up Jim Crow’,” CNN, May 25, 2018, accessed May 25, 2018, https://cnn.it/2LwEuzR.
If you weren’t watching the royal wedding live (I wasn’t), but you heard enough good things about the sermon by Bishop Michael Curry that you want to read it you can do so here. The message was one the world needed to hear.
I like John Updike’s poem, “Seven Stanzas at Easter,” so much that I bought the book it was published in. Updike does a great job of emphasizing the importance of the real and concrete nature of the resurrection. (Jesus’s body was the first example of incorruptible physicality—the stuff of the new creation.) Here are a couple of excerpts from the poem:
Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping, transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted
in the faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.
Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle,
and crushed by remonstrance.
— John Updike
At present, the entire poem is available online at this link: http://bit.ly/2H7XN0D
John Updike, “Seven Stanzas at Easter.” In Telephone Poles and Other Poems (New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1963), Kindle.