“Worthy to be Praised”

~ Psalm 29/Isaiah 6:1-8 ~ Worship! It’s what we do. We gather every Sunday for worship. We worship God. “Praise God” we often proclaim on Sunday mornings. Our readings from the psalms often are replete with “praise God” verbiage. We praise God because we accept the notion that God is worthy … Read More

“Veni, Creator Spiritus”

~ Acts 2:1-21 ~   September 12, 1910. Munich, Germany. The triumphant premiere of Gustav Mahler’s massive Eighth Symphony. It would be the last time Mahler conducted a premier of one of his works. He died eight months later at the age of 50. The Eighth Symphony is called the … Read More

“Culture: So Much With Us”

~ John 17:6-19/Psalm 1 ~   You might be asking, “why a picture of a petri dish? Well, cells growing in a petri dish is a culture, a cell culture. A friend from way back, who is a micro-biologist, used to say that his job was ‘muting fungus’. Growing a … Read More

“Complete Joy”

~ John 15:9-17 ~ Bobby McFerrin is one of the most incredible musicians I’ve ever encountered. My son, Jesse when he was in high school, got to sing with him on stage. At that same concert Bobby conducted the Colorado Symphony in a performance of a Beethoven symphony – in … Read More

“Love in a Fearful World”

~ 1 John 4:7-21/John 15:1-8 ~ Pixar Studios has been making quality animated movies for years now – movies filled with poignant insights. Remember Up? This year’s Oscar for Best Animated Movie went to Soul, about a middle-school band teacher who rediscovers his love for jazz. If you haven’t seen … Read More

“Resurrection: Does It Really Matter?”

~ Luke 24:28-49 ~ Dramatic post-resurrection happenings! Artists through the ages, such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio, seemed to find fertile ground here. Jesus, breaking bread with two disciples after a long walk, suddenly disappears. Later, Jesus suddenly appears to the disciples who, thinking they’ve seen a ghost, are startled and … Read More