By Pastor Tracey Leslie
Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 24:1-3; 25:31-46
Last weekend Britt and I were in San Diego for the annual Society of Biblical Literature Convention. San Diego, of course, is an important port city, home to a large and active naval fleet. Security is tight, so recognition is important. The SBL meeting is held at the San Diego Convention Center and all attendees must be wearing their SBL nametag. If security doesn’t see your nametag, they will stop you. The nametag is how they recognize that you are someone who belongs there. Our hotel was also along the waterfront. The elevators are activated by your room key. Without a key card, you cannot access your room. You simply bob back and forth between the lobby and the mezzanine. It’s all a little annoying and inconvenient to dig that keycard out of your purse or pocket. But it is life in our post-9/11 world. Nametags and key cards provide recognition and recognition provides access.
To a certain degree this morning’s gospel story is a story about recognition and access. It is recognition that provides access.
By Pastor Linda Dolby
Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:7-8, 11-18
While wandering in the desert, suffering continually reminded the people of God, and the danger was that when they grew prosperous in the Promised Land they would forget him. Beginning in v. 10 with “When you eat, and are satisfied, you are to bless. God for what he has given you.” V.11: Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God. Then in v. 12 it says: “Lest when you have eaten ...” and in v. 14: “that your heart become haughty...” The people are to remember, in times of plenty, that it is God who brought them out of slavery, led them, and fed them, to test them and ultimately to give them prosperity. It is not by their own “power and ... might” (v. 17) that they will become wealthy, but rather it is God who gives them this power – in accordance with the agreements he made with Abraham, Isaac and Noah.
By Pastor Tracey Leslie
Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-25
If you were in church last Sunday you no doubt noticed that I was not. I appreciate Pastor Amber filling the pulpit so I could attend my Women Touched by Grace retreat. Women Touched by Grace is a Lilly funded initiative to provide training and support for women clergy. It is a series of five retreats spread out over three years. There are twenty women in the program from across the U.S. and Canada from a multitude of denominations and non-denominational. As you might imagine, when we are together we talk a great deal about our congregations. And I always leave those retreats tremendously thankful for all of you. I am deeply grateful that Trinity is the congregation I serve. Now, I’m not grateful because we are the biggest congregation or the wealthiest or located in the most exotic place. In fact, one clergy woman in the program pastors a church in Napa Valley, California. I confess, I do envy that, especially with the weather we had this past week. I imagine the Napa Valley as a beautiful, exotic place. So, why? Why do I feel myself so fortunate, so blessed, to be pastor at Trinity? Well, stay tuned for the answer.
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