By Rev. Tracey Leslie
One might say that our seeking begins even before we are old enough to recall. With very young children, we engage in the game of peek-a-boo. The infant is delighted, smiling and even giggling, when the parent draws back their hands and their face reappears. It brings the child joy to “find,” once again, the face of their parent. As we grow a bit older and Easter arrives, we run around the house searching for our Easter basket and run around the church grounds searching for eggs. It is in our nature to be seekers.
This week I posed a question on FB, asking my friends to name a classic story about a character seeking something of great value. Many of you won’t be surprised that Morris asked for further clarification, asking how I define “classic.” His point was, however, well made since my responses had an enormous range. Within just a couple days, I’d received more than ten responses ranging from Homer’s Odyssey, Poe’s poem El Dorado, and Tolkien’s The Hobbit to Harry Potter and Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
By Monica McDougal
Our gospel passage for today tells the stories of Simeon and Anna. These two figures only appear in this passage from Luke 2 and their stories are often overlooked. In fact, I had never even heard their names mentioned until I was assigned the text to preach on for the last Sunday of the year in 2019 during my first student pastor placement in seminary. As I explored Simeon and Anna’s story for that sermon, what I discovered was really, at its core, a story of the importance of hope.
By Rev. Tracey Leslie
We Christians have lots of arguments about worship. It’s true, you know. We disagree about the kind of songs that should be sung and the kinds of instruments that should accompany them. We disagree about how long the worship service should last and whether we should have bulletins or screens. We disagree about how long the preacher should preach and whether they should use notes or preach extemporaneously (that is, without notes). We disagree about whether the service should be casual or reverent; quiet or boisterous. And, of course, we work awfully hard to get you all here… thanks for coming, by the way. Which might make us all begin to wonder, what is worship about anyway?
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