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The Rev. Martha Spong

Martha Spong: All in the Same Boat

Mark 4:35-41

5th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

June 24, 2018

The Rev. Martha Spong (UCC)

 

I thought it was a brilliant idea.

I was serving a church in Maine, where Summer Sundays are not the best-attended. The window of good weather is brief, and people want to be in their gardens or at their lakeside camps. That particular summer, I felt motivated to make worship interesting for the ones who did come. For this story from Mark 4, I arranged the text for multiple readers, plus the congregation, with effects designed to put us all in the midst of the storm. I started planning weeks before with a church member who worked with our youth, and he recruited a 13-year-old to help him devise stormy sound effects. They brought a large jug of water to slosh around, amplified by a microphone, and they improvised a thunder sheet.

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The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead

Kate Moorehead: Peace--I Got This

John 20:19-31

2nd Sunday of Easter - Year B

April 08, 2018

The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead (TEC)

 

John the Evangelist, the writer of the gospel, begins the story today with these words...It was on that day.

You know, THAT day. Do you have a THAT day? The day that comes to mind when you think of the day that changed the course of your life. Maybe it's your wedding day. Your graduation day. The day you saw the love of your life across the room. The day you realized you were miserable in your job and decided to make a change. You know, THAT day. The day that changed everything. It was THAT day.

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