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Epiphany 3A

The scripture appointed for Epiphany 3A is here
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First repent, then mend, then follow…
The church in Corinth was, quite frankly, a hot mess.  We know this, because Paul does not sugar coat the fact that he writes in order to address the many, many, problems that threatened the unity of the early Christian community in the city of Corinth. Put simply, the Corinthians were arguing about what we think of as the big three--sex, politics and religion.
The argued in part, because the early church drew together people from a wide range of backgrounds. Corinth was a boomtown with two seaports that had drawn into its boundaries people from throughout Africa and the Middle East. So, as the early church formed--coming together at a common table to break bread, to worship, and sharing their resources for the good of all--the Roman Gentile found herself at table with the Jewish Zealot; the slave at table with the free; women at table with men. One body, with many parts…
many arguing, cranky, imperfe…

I Am. Epiphany 2A

Epiphany 2A, scripture appointed can be found here +++ I Am I am a member of a clergy colleague group called the Young Clergy Woman Project. The motto of the group, is simply stated,”you are not alone”. And with this, joys and pains, fears and hopes are shared. And, I am reminded again and again, that I am not alone—that this is a calling I share with many, many, others. And, none of us are alone in it. There is great comfort to be found in this sense of solidarity. And, because I’m attuned to look for these places of connection—I am struck by Paul’s sweet address to the community in Corinth. “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of e…