Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving all!  It is a time to strengthen, or at least interact with you own oikos on a personal level as you gather to celebrate a meal and strengthen bonds (hopefully.)  Thanksgiving is timely as it relates to this reflection because when I consider the church (not as an institution but rather as God’s children,) I envision God as the head who is so very eager for everyone to attend his Thanksgiving meal every day!  I believe he does so by trying to relate to us through various voices.  These voices can manifest themselves through the ministry of Christ, the splendor of nature, and/or countless other channels.  As I reflect on these readings and reconcile them to an oikos or a unit of close relationships; I keep coming back to stewardship in all cases.  We are stewards of God’s resources which include: the earth, space, and everything contained there within.  Our relationship with these resources (such as economy and ecology) is derived by the maturity of our relationship with the creator.

Economy, how we exchange limited resources, can reflect our relationship with God.  For example, consider a person who is obsessed with a football team and spends countless dollars on team products, tickets, and all the creative and various ways money can be spent in such a fashion.  Now suppose this same person may or may not offer a five dollar bill when the plate is passed on Sunday.    Who is he worshipping?  Who is his God?  They say we vote with our dollars but I believe we also worship with them as it relates to stewardship.  Ecology, how we relate to our planet, also is a function of stewardship insomuch as how we value mother earth.  When you define worship as ‘adding value’ to something, then economy and ecology can be a function of worship.  God desires closeness with each of us.  As we strengthen our relationship with God, our behaviors will begin to change as well.  When this happens, a more ‘just’ system of economy and ecology will emerge whether God is reaching you through the institution of the church or by some other means.

One of the great benefits of the Eucharist, is the equalizing nature of being fed by the broken body of Christ.  Regardless of what vehicle your drove to church, how much you placed in the offering plate, your favorite pew, or the other various disparities of community; the Eucharist is the leveling function of the church.  To apply this equality to society requires a more ecumenical church.  As we open our minds and remove the filters from our hearts the universal salvation God has for us breaks through all barriers of class and discrimination.

Happy Thanksgiving!

To Lent, or not to Lent, what a silly question!

It is that time of year again.  Lent is in full swing!  But what does that mean and what should we do about it?  I think that many people do not fully embrace this season because they set lofty, unattainable Lenten goals.  Jesus did manage to fast and resist temptation for 40 days BUT we are not Jesus.  He was perfect, we are not.  If you haven’t decided your Lenten journey then I suggest “baby steps.”  If nothing else, check out Lenten Madness (link from our home page) and learn a little more about the saints of the church.  I highly recommend doing something no matter how small.  Following a Lenten rule is like going to the gym; it sure is hard to sometimes make yourself go, but you sure feel great when you succeed!

Try something today!  It’s not too late to start!

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday – whatever you want to call it – it’s here!

Be sure to join us at Saint Timothy’s for our special recipe pancakes and sage sausage!  There will be food, fun, and fellowship for all!  The fun starts at 6:00pm this Tuesday (3/4/2014).

What if its not funny to you?

A topic of discussion for our upcoming Sunday school class is how to handle situations (jokes, videos, post) that your friends find amusing but it contridicts your Christian values.  How do we react so that we do not seem judgmental and a ‘high and mighty’ Christian; but at the same time try and lead by example.

I usually play devils-advocate from a very secular point of view to offer a different perspective on the part of who or what is being made fun of.  The typical response is limited so I am unsure of the impact.  We will explore this in Sunday school and report back.  Please join our class if you would like.