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Category: Sunday Sermon

Pentecost Sermon by Jonathan Soto

A new voice in the pulpit is always a treat, and an incredible gift to this community. This Sunday, we welcome Jonathan William Soto as guest preacher. Jonathan is a community organizer and social justice activist with over a decade of experience building coalitions and organizations within government, academic and grassroots spaces. Soto currently serves as the Associate Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives at Union Theological Seminary. Union is the country’s oldest independent seminary and shares an affiliation with neighboring Columbia University. Read more on Jonathan here: https://www.parkavenuechristian.com/about-sundays-guest-preacher-jonathan-soto/

“How are minds opened to the power of Mothering God?” by The Rev. Kaji Douša

Jesus preached repentance and forgiveness
before he went up into heaven.

But some of us get stuck at the beginning
before we even make it to the end

And when we do this, we lose the Good News, folks.

Some of us linger only at the “sins” we
choose to care about in others
while completely forgetting
our own needs to repent.

And when we do hang too tightly to the
repentance, some of us completely forget that
forgiveness is grace.

Excerpt from Pastor Kaji’s blog: http://soundthebells.blogspot.com/2018/05/never-read-comments-ascension-sermon-of.html

 

“Where do you live and who are your friends?” by The Rev. Kaji Douša

If you’re feeling lost, if you’re wondering where you might need to find yourself, go back to Jesus, and listen to him. Because Jesus said, “Abide [meaning be, live, rest] in me.” Abide in Jesus, and everything else will fall into place.

“Humiliation and the Ethiopian Eunuch” by The Rev. Kaji Douša

You bless others when you stand in your strength.

Humiliation cannot stop you, nor can shame.

Know your place – as God’s beloved.

From Pastor Kaji’s blog: http://soundthebells.blogspot.com/2018/04/humiliation-as-control.html

“What are we willing to lay down our lives for?” by The Rev. Kaji Douša

“Imperial Wounds Need Resurrecting Power to Heal” The Rev. Mieke Vandersall

“Resurrection Resolutions” by The Rev. Stephanie Kendell

God gave Christ, and Christ gave self, and we are called to give as well.  As followers of Christ, we are to respond to the call to action born out of listening to our neighbors.  What do you, Church, have to give?  What or who have you heard in our community that is in need? What would it take for you to give a little more than you are comfortable with or that you had planned for? The reason that these believers in our scripture today are giving all that they had is because they thought that Jesus was coming back any moment.  But if we, here and now, start to see Christ in every neighbor that we have, we realize that Jesus has already arrived.

 

 

Easter Sunday Sermon by The Rev. Kaji Douša

Maundy Thursday Reflection by The Rev. Kaji Douša

“If your traditional place is to kneel at the seat of power, hiding your face, keeping quiet, holding back, never upsetting the people who hold the reins to your ability to thrive, then truly following Jesus means a subversion all of this. If you were born into a position that allows you to tower over everyone else, then following Jesus will mean getting down on your knees. If your place in life includes expectations of servitude, then following Jesus might just mean standing up.

“Taking seriously the practice of giving alms, one of the traditional Lenten disciplines, means setting the conditions so that this is possible for everyone. What might that take in your life? What line is God challenging in your life?”

A Palm Sunday Reflection by The Rev. Kaji Douša

Hosanna – “Lord save us” means something different to every single one of us.  What does it mean to cry out “Lord save us”?