• Listen! Look!
    by pricecomm on January 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    January 17, 2021/Mark 4:1-13, 26-29 Rose will be three on February 1 – just a few short weeks from now.  Only three, but from a much younger age, she has relished stories.  Whether I am sitting in her room, reading the pages and sharing the pictures with her seated in front of me, or sitting… […]

  • Called Sinners
    by pricecomm on January 13, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    January 10, 2021/Mark 2:1-22 It would be easy to read these verses from the Gospel of Mark as a series of brief vignettes – a healing, a call story, instances of criticism by the scribes.  Reading in that way skips quickly through the scenes, like one of those flip books that go into motion […]

  • Deacon Power
    by pricecomm on January 13, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    January 3, 2021/Mark 1:29-39 I grew up in a little Presbyterian church in eastern North Carolina.  My mother was the first woman to be ordained as a ruling elder for that congregation.  That was one time things were not done “decently and in order.”  We were on vacation the Sunday of the […]

  • God Remembered
    by pricecomm on December 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    December 13, 2020/3rd Sunday of Advent – Luke 1:5-13, 57-80 God has a habit of sending angels to people to announce startling news.  Remember Abraham and Sarah?  Remember Joseph, betrothed to Mary? Remember Zechariah? Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, had never expected to have children, […]

  • Here Is Your God!
    by pricecomm on December 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    December 6, 2020/2nd Sunday of Advent — Isaiah 40:1-11 There’s no pain quite like the pain that comes when you finally realize – and acknowledge – that the mess you’re in is your own fault. Isaiah had scolded, berated, and cajoled.  The people had protested, whined, and denied.  But […]

  • New Beginnings
    by pricecomm on November 30, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    November 29, 2020/1st Sunday of Advent – Jeremiah 33:14-18 Happy New Year! We Christians are lucky folk.  We don’t have to wait for the calendar to wind down through the darkening days of December, for the icy fingers of January to wake us from our winter’s sleep to embrace a new year.  By […]

  • Battle of the Gods
    by pricecomm on November 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    November 22, 2020/I Kings 18:20-39 Full disclosure: I am not a football fan. So you might be surprised to hear me describe the final seconds of last week’s match-up between the Buffalo Bills and the Arizona Cardinals.  After trailing for the entire game, Arizona took a three-point lead at the […]

  • Committed Lives
    by pricecomm on November 15, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    October 25, 2020/Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9 Shema Yisra’eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad. Hear, O Israel, the Lord is God, the Lord is one. Twice daily, morning and evening, faithful Jews recite the Shema, named for the first word of the text.  It is more than a call to prayer.  It is a […]

  • Power Hungry
    by pricecomm on November 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    November 15, 2020/I Kings 12:1-17, 25-29 No one among the Hebrews should have been surprised at the state of affairs in the kingdom.  Samuel tried to warn them, after all.  Back then, they had begged for a king, so they could be like other nations.  Upset over their desire to have someone other […]

  • Come with Joy
    by pricecomm on November 14, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    November 8, 2020/2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5 In a country that prides itself on its democratic government, we would do well to recognize that even the best governments – and leaders – are often quirky and difficult and downright messy.  If we had any doubts, if we were under the illusion that the […]