First and foremost, happy Mother’s Day! On behalf of all the fine folks at St. John United Church of Christ we wish all mothers God’s blessings. Moreover, our prayer is that mothers will be blessed and celebrated each day of the year, not just on a set-aside single holiday. We thank God for our mothers, and we ask God to bless us through mothers’ faith and how they demonstrate God’s love. Now to the lectionary text. The world says much about division and separation, but painfully missing are reassuring signs of human unity. Thankfully, there are insights from our faith and other religions that pointRead More →

In two Sunday’s we’ll arrive at Pentecost, the time when we celebrate God’s Spirit empowering believers. As a prequel to Pentecost, let’s introduce ourselves to one of the most beautiful and yet mysterious and controversial aspects of the Christianity: the Holy Spirit (John 14:23-29). Today’s lesson from John’s gospel focuses on Jesus’ promise to send his followers the Advocate, another name for the Holy Spirit. Jesus reassured his followers that God’s comforting, spiritual presence would give them the power and encouragement to live a victorious life. The Christian church was still in it its infancy, and it isn’t a surprise that the early believers neededRead More →