Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Talitha Arnold
Tuesday September 25, 2018
The Rev. Talitha Arnold says the Israelites weren't starving. Their cry for melons and leeks and cucumbers was really a longing for home, or at least the taste of home. Two years earlier their life had been turned upside down””for the better to be sure””but still it’s hard to cope with such a radical life change. They thought they wanted to go back, but really they were longing for a place to call home now.
Tuesday February 17, 2015
As we begin the season of Lent, the Rev. Talitha Arnold focuses on the moving image in Mark's gospel of angels ministering to Jesus in the wilderness--and encourages us to consider the angels we have known and loved, and who have loved us, in the wilderness times of our own lives.
Tuesday February 10, 2015
As we celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus, Talitha Arnold encourages us to be aware of the transfigurations that occur in our own lives through the grace of God.
Articles by The Rev. Talitha Arnold
Saturday March 03, 2018
Two choices: Go back to Egypt or go deeper with God, i.e., deeper into the wilderness.
Monday November 20, 2017
'Rahab the Harlot.' That's what I first learned about the woman of Jericho who saved the lives of the two Israelite spies. Perhaps you did, too. We may have learned wrong.
Sunday October 15, 2017
Samson was at a dead end. He'd betrayed God, his people, and himself. Once the strongman of Israel who defeated the Philistines, now he was their slave, blinded and yoked to a millstone like an ox.
Wednesday September 06, 2017
Next Sunday, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. It's also a National Day of Prayer for 'Faith, Hope & Life,' sponsored by the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Across the nation, people of all faiths are invited to join in prayer for persons struggling with mental illnesses and suicide, and for those who love and care for them.
Saturday August 12, 2017
God has no hands but ours. It's trite, sentimental, overused, and hackneyed. It's also true.
Saturday May 06, 2017
This May 22 at the church I serve, we celebrate the 'Rite of Initiation and Confirmation' with six young people from the congregation. The service marks the end of a two-year journey for the young adolescents and also the beginning of their adult lives, or the 'initiation to adulthood' as we call it.
Thursday April 13, 2017
In his masterwork, 'Messiah,' George Frideric Handel pulled out all the stops with his 'Hallelujah Chorus.' From its first 'Hallelujah' to its last, the piece uses trumpets, timpani, every other instrument in the orchestra, and every voice in the chorus to proclaim the 'King of Kings and Lord of Lords.'
Sunday April 09, 2017
There's power in repentance, if only because we don't have to spend all that energy hiding from ourselves or others, including God.
Sunday March 19, 2017
Psalm 27 starts out full of confidence. Sure of God's presence, light, and salvation, the Psalmist proclaims 'the Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?' If ancient Hebrew had punctuation marks, he probably would have ended with an exclamation point, not a question mark!
Thursday March 09, 2017
How is it with your soul today? That's the question John Wesley used two centuries ago when he developed a new way of being Christian, eventually called Methodism.
Tuesday February 07, 2017
'How are you doing?' I asked a friend recently. It was no trite question. My friend lives and works in Washington, DC. For 40 years, she's directed mental health programs in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Sunday January 08, 2017
May the leader be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth." - Psalm 72:6
Wednesday November 16, 2016
Amos does not make for easy reading, because he did not live in an easy time. But he also offered his people a vision of what God truly wanted from them. 'Let justice roll down like waters,' he proclaimed, 'and righteousness like a mighty stream.'
Wednesday October 26, 2016
'By the waters of Babylon,' the Psalmist remembers, the exiled Israelites hung up their harps. In that strange and hard land, they'd lost hope and lost their voice. 'How can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?' they lamented. But the Psalmist reminded them how to sing, even in exile.
Tuesday September 27, 2016
"You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways." - Psalm 139:3
Wednesday August 31, 2016
If I'm honest, I can turn all kinds of things into idols. Here are a couple of examples...
Saturday July 09, 2016
How joy comes isn't as important as that it will come--for you, for me, for this whole world.
Thursday June 16, 2016
Psalm 146 should be required reading for every political candidate running on the 'I'm a Christian, so vote for me' platform. The Psalm identifies who God is and what God does. In so doing, it defines what it means to be Christian.
Saturday May 21, 2016
This May 22 at the church I serve, we celebrate the Rite of Initiation and Confirmation with six young people from the congregation. The service marks the end of a two-year journey for the young adolescents and also the beginning of their adult lives, or the 'initiation to adulthood,' as we call it.
Wednesday May 04, 2016
Decades ago when the space mission Apollo 8 sent back the first pictures of the earth rising over the moon, it helped change our perspective on the world and our place in it.
Sunday February 28, 2016
A few years ago, I did a solo hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, spent two nights at Phantom Ranch, and then trekked back to the top. It was the fourth time I've done the hike, the first being when I was in college, the last ten years before. Not surprisingly it took me a bit longer to get back up this time.
Friday February 12, 2016
Almost every week for thirty-four of my thirty-five years of pastoral ministry, I've blessed the congregations I've served with a benediction based on this passage from Paul's Letter to the Romans (in turn based on his First Letter to the Thessalonians)...
Saturday January 16, 2016
Whether from 3,000 years ago or a mere 300, the covenant to walk with God and one another affirms that faith is a journey, best taken with others.
Sunday November 15, 2015
How do you pray for the earth?
Sunday October 25, 2015
You are the 11th son of 12 brothers. Your father loves you best. He lets the others know by giving you wonderful clothes. They get jealous (surprise, surprise).
Wednesday October 14, 2015
The author of Psalm 107 is thankful for many things””the hungry being fed, the prisoners set free, the sick healed. He or she sums it up in one line: 'God delivered them from their troubles and led them by a straight way.'
Tuesday September 15, 2015
Like the Israelites, we are called to be a "wise and discerning people"--or in Thurman's words, "the permanent outlet for the creative energies of God."
Thursday September 03, 2015
Are there times in life when it's best to tolerate a little pain, to live with a little discomfort?
Tuesday August 18, 2015
Hope is often under siege, whether in Paul's time or ours. One glance at the daily news makes hope seem naive and those who hold hope appear foolish. We often need the protection a helmet affords to keep hope alive.
Thursday August 13, 2015
The Psalmist remembers the wilderness years of his people, when they wandered in the desert of Sinai. Hunger and the threat of starvation were their constant companions in that harsh and barren land.
Thursday June 25, 2015
We don't use the term 'Antichrist' much in the United Church of Christ. Neither does the Bible. It only appears in the first two Letters of John.
Thursday May 07, 2015
The Christian church has many symbols for Resurrection””lilies, eggs, butterflies. I'd like to add some more””a sock, plastic tubing, and duct tape.
Thursday April 23, 2015
'When my mother was diagnosed with cancer,' a friend shared recently, 'one of the greatest gifts was the nurse in the oncologist's office.'
Tuesday December 23, 2014
Like the Psalmist, we sing our faith in the One whose love is steadfast, in every season, every time, every joy, every sorrow.
Saturday October 25, 2014
If there was one thing Jacob was good at, it was grabbing and hanging on. At birth, he'd grabbed his brother's heel so he could be the firstborn. Then he'd grabbed Esau's birthright and blessing. To get Rachel as his wife, he'd hung in with his uncle for 14 years. And one night, when the tables are turned and he gets grabbed and pulled into a wrestling match with an angel, Jacob again hangs on until he gets what he wants--a blessing.