Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

Instead of reading Wordsworth’s Prelude i wrote about church services.

(Please bear in mind that all this stuff was much more profound and meaningful in said services. I am writing disjointed thoughts, more of a list than anything else.)

Affirmation Sunday

MEDITATION: ”Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting- over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”
- Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese”

from one of the responsive things:
We ask forgiveness for intellectual pride and isolation, for prejudice and for the sin of thinking we are better than others of different religions, ethnicities, cultures, and those who are of different sexual orientations.

That made me think of how sometimes people (myself included) think they’re better than other people because we’re queer, like we’re so inclusive and down with fluidity of sexuality or whatever.

under the hymns:
“Please use the nouns and pronouns that enable you to sing joyfully.”

from the bulletin:
“Edwards Church on Main Street in downtown Northampton hosts the Manna Program on Wednesday evenings, 6 – 7:30 p.m. throughout the year. The program provides a healthy meal to an increasing number of community residents. Volunteers prepare and bring a meal for 40+ people to the Church and serve the meal, visit with the guests and cleanup following the meal. The time commitment at the Church is from 6 – 7:30 p.m. approximately.”

I so totally had to restrain myself from signing up for that, because as i continue to reiterate, i have no free time, ever.

Isaiah 5:1-7 and Matthew 21:33-43 are both vineyard stories.

Isaiah is about a man who does everything right, plants in fertile soil, etc., but wild grapes grow, and he is justified in destroying it and starting over. But the twist is that the bad grapes are the men of Jerusalem and Judah. God has given them everything, but they have tossed aside righteousness and justice and God will be justified in smiting them.

Matthew is about those whom God charges with tending the vineyard rejecting (beating and killing in fact) the messengers of the Lord who come for the fruit. This is like religious authorities rejecting people who are blessed with fruits of the spirit because they are queer or female or whatever.

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
“ ‘ The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’ [Psalm 118:22, 23] ?
-Matthew 21:42

Oh, and now i have lots of rainbow fish stickers. :)

“Enough” - homily by Reverend Kelly Gallagher (September 22)

Jonah 3:10-4:11

Kelly pointed out something i hadn’t thought of -- a prophet’s reputation rests (duh) on his prophecies coming true. So if he said Nineveh would be destroyed, and then it wasn’t (because they repented) he was toast careerwise.

God makes a plant grow to give Jonah shade, then God makes said plant wither and Jonah grieves for it

Matthew 20:1-16

A parable i never really understood. This man hires lots of people throughout the day to work in his fields, but at the end of the day they all get the same amount of money, regardless of how long they worked. Kelly explained it as being about how there is enough for everyone in God’s Kingdom, regardless of when we started on the Path. I first thought of this as being about how regardless of whether you’re born into the faith or convert or whatever, you’re guaranteed a place in heaven. But then she talked about people being denied access for so long, and how no matter how late you came to the Church or why, be your race or gender or age or whatever, there is enough.
Tags: affirmation sunday, church: northampton: first churches, church: northampton: hhhc

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