“At Our Wits’ End”

Photo: Christ in the Storm of the Sea of Galilee – Rembrandt, 1633 Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32/Mark 4:35-41 The psalmist paints a wonderfully dramatic picture. Those who do business on the sea – sailors and merchants and even pirates – know the power of the sea, especially when they find themselves in … Read More

“Certainly, Not the Presbyterian Way!”

Photo: Anointing of David by Saul (Barrias) ~ 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 ~ Leonard Bernstein’s enigmatic musical theatre work, Mass, from the 70’s, begins with this song, A Simple Song, sung by the celebrant. Everyone in harmony and agreement. In the free spirit of harmony and togetherness, “make it up as you … Read More

“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