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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. Allen Pruitt

Allen Pruitt: There Is Enough

Numbers 21:4-9

4th Sunday in Lent - Year B

March 11, 2018

The Very Rev. Allen Pruitt (TEC)

 

Endless complaining. It starts from the very beginning and it never seems to end. Here we are in the book of Numbers, near enough to the promised land that we might expect the Israelites to have pulled themselves together, figured out how to live, or at least to have discontinued their relentless complaint. No. That's not how we work, is it? That's not how we're built. For us the grass is always greener; the whole garden is never enough, not when there's one tree smack in the middle that we aren't allowed to touch.

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