Epiphany 2 – Water into Wine

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

–John 2.1-5

  • Do you give up something for the month of January?
  • Do you ever feel like you’re struggling to create or keep an identity for yourself?
  • Where do you see God’s generosity in the miracle of love around you?
  • Who can you be, with God’s help?

It’s a holiday weekend but we’ll still be having Eucharist and supper on Sunday at 6pm. If you’re in town come join us to give thanks to God and share in life together; that’s how we’re reminded of our true identity. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Epiphany 1 – The Baptism of Jesus

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

–Luke 3.21-22

  • Do you sometimes have difficulty in finding an identity for yourself? Do you find yourself struggling to understand who you are and what you want?
  • Can you think of a time when you wanted to change a habit about yourself; how hard was it, were you successful?
  • How do you understand your baptism? What do you think it means to be baptized?
  • Why do you think Jesus gets baptized?

This is another Sunday for us to get together, and it’s when we’re together that we can better practice and understand our identity in Jesus Christ. Whether you’ve got it all together or whether each day feels like a struggle God calls you beloved too. Join us Sunday at 6pm for Holy Eucharist and then stay for supper after the service. We hope to see you on Sunday.

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Third Sunday of Advent – Year C

Congratulations, you made it through exams and to the end of the semester. Now it’s time for some rest and quiet before the excitement of Christmas and New Years. To help you with that rest and quiet, those of you still in Birmingham are invited to come for our last Sunday night Eucharist of 2018. We hope to see you on Sunday at 6pm for Eucharist and supper, and if you can’t make it we look forward to seeing you back in January. Be safe and well this break.

Second Sunday of Advent – Year C

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

– Luke 3:4-6

  • Who in your life has prepared you to “see the salvation of God”?
  • Are there things in your life that need to be straightened, filled, or made level to prepare you for a closer relationship with Jesus?
  • This week, how can you point people toward the peace of God offered through Jesus?

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent, and our readings invite us to consider the role that John the Baptist played in Jesus’ story. The story of John the Baptist reminds us that we are invited to join in the work of God’s salvation of the world. As exams finish up, join us this Sunday at Trinity Commons for hymns, prayers, and Eucharist. This Sunday will be our last Sunday Supper for the semester, and we will enjoy a great meal thanks to our friend Caitlin Lollar. We hope you will join us Sunday at 6 pm for a break from the hectic exam and holiday season.

“This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, to set us free from the hands of our enemies, Free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.”

Pentecost 26 – Year B

Then Jesus began to say to the disciples, “Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.”

–Mark 13.5-8

  • In what ways has your life changed significantly from a year ago?
  • Do you have a hard time imagining a future for yourself, or does your life seem as simple to follow as a highway to get where you want to go?
  • Do you ever ask God to show you a sign?
  • Are you able to see something new in your life today where God is present with you?

Here’s something new, Bishop Kee Sloan will be at Trinity Commons this Sunday at 6pm. If you know him and have heard his stories, enjoyed his warmth and humor, then you’ll want to join us this Sunday. If you haven’t met him before then you’ll find a kind, gentle, and friendly man who is interested in you and your life. I know it’s Thanksgiving week but we don’t often get the chance to have the bishop with us for our Eucharist and supper; and it’s going to be a delicious supper thanks to our friend Joshua Richman. So come join us, especially if you haven’t joined us before, and feel free to bring a friend because all are welcome at Trinity Commons. I hope to see you on Sunday.

***We had a wonderful evening with Bishop Sloan and a delightful dinner thanks to Joshua Richman.***

Pentecost 25 – Year B

Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

–Mark 12.41-44

  • Do you feel like your life is one you’re living in abundance (enjoying and in control) or surviving in poverty (managing and in crisis)?
  • Are you a person who gives to others or takes from others?
  • We often begin our service with a prayer to the God to whom “all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid;” what do you most try to hide from God?
  • Is this poor widow an example of discipleship? If so, what do this woman and her actions illustrate for you about your life?

Giving can be a difficult habit to begin, and one of the hardest things to give is time. I know from talking with many of you that time is in short supply, or perhaps we just struggle to manage our time well. Whether you feel overwhelmed by doing all you’re supposed to do, or whether you just can’t seem to get yourself going to do what you think you should do, I hope you’ll make some time to come join us on Sunday, to hear this story about a poor widow, to find yourself in the story, and give thanks for all God gives; then join us in prayer, song, and supper.  I hope you’ll come to Trinity Commons to join us this Sunday at 6pm for Eucharist and a delicious free supper thanks to our friend Kathryn Dorlon. It’s sure to be a good night, and we’ll all be richer when you’re there too.

All Saints – Year B

When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep.

–John 11.32-35

  • How important is it for you to be recognized for what you do for others? Are you easily hurt when you aren’t thanked or appreciated for others to see when you do something?
  • Have you ever made bargains with God, perhaps saying ‘if I do this then I expect you to do that?’ Is that how we often think of our relationships with the most important people in our lives?
  • Have you ever blamed or questioned God for not helping you in a moment when you needed God’s help, or even asked for God’s help?
  • Is it important to you that we know Jesus cried? What does it say to you that Jesus would cry at this moment of loss?

All Saints Sunday is, of course, a day to honor the saints of the past, you know, the big ones that we all know the names and deeds. But it’s also a time when we reflect on those relationships and people who were a part of our lives and aren’t with us anymore. It’s a day of recognition and it’s also a day or remembrance; that remembrance includes an awareness that this is our day and time, and it’s our chance to stand up, act, be accountable, and do our part for the work of the kingdom of God just like our ancestors did. I hope you’ll join us at Trinity Commons on Sunday at 6pm to recognize and remember that we’re saints of God too. We’ll have another delicious supper to enjoy after the service, and it’s always better when you’re there with us. I hope to see you on Sunday.