Fall Base Camp

Frayed but Unafraid

SCRIPTURE: Gift From Creator Tells the Good Story 5:1-11 (Matthew 5:1-11)First Nations Version, an Indigenous Translation of the New TestamentItalics here are part of the translation. 1 When Creator Sets Free (Jesus) saw the great crowd, he went back up into the mountainside and sat down to teach the people. His followers came to him…

A Visit with Eagles

Proverbs 30:18-19, Exodus 19:1-4, Isaiah 40:31 Common English Bible [ ] = text is adapted for gender neutrality/inclusion or clarity. Proverbs 30:18-19 [The collected wisdom of the people:] 18 Three things are too wonderful for me…19 the way of an eagle in the sky,the way of a snake on the rock,the way of a ship…

Troubled Waters <> Healing Pools

John 5:2-9a-13-9b, 16-18, The Message and Common English Bible [ ] = text is adapted for gender neutrality/inclusion or clarity. Italics indicate the text is from The Message 2-6 …Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves.Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One…

The Monotony of Manna

Numbers 11:7-9, 4-6 Common English Bible 7 The manna was like coriander seed and its color was like resin. 8 The people would roam around and collect it and grind it with millstones or pound it in a mortar. Then they would boil it in pots and make it into cakes. It tasted like cakes…

Nine Times Out of Ten

Luke 17:11-19 Common Jewish Bible 11 On his way to Yerushalayim, Yeshua passed along the border country between Shomron and the Galil. 12 As he entered one of the villages, ten [people] afflicted with tzara‘at met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out, “Yeshua! Rabbi! Have pity on us!” 14 On seeing…

Marley Was Dead: A Beginning

Say the word “treasure” and think of pirates and deserted islands and “x marks the spot.” Say “heart” and think emoji or beloveds or Jesus. Say “gratitude” and think of…each of us fills in the blank. One of the by-products of our experience of the pandemic is the falling away of non-essentials, so that we may see what remains. Jesus tells us from across the centuries in language as clear as the front page news: what you treasure is what you love. What we love, we treasure. How does that lead us through this time into which we are living? In this weekly visit to the Base Camp of our church community we’ll rest a bit, and we’ll reflect, refuel, and refresh our sense of reverence.

A Reason to Hope

Rev. Cynthia Williams offers a sermon titled “A Reason to Hope.” God is with us in times of despair and in our valley places to breathe fresh breath, transform us, and give us dreams and new vision that we may experience life anew. Therefore, we stand ready always to give a reason for our hope. This sermon includes the scripture reading of Ezekial 37: 1-14 (The Message).

Boy Scouts & Bridesmaids

The well known story of the ten bridesmaids from the Gospel of Matthew urges us to wakefulness, mindfulness; readiness! “Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,” we sing, “The time is drawing nigh!” Clearly, it is a story meant to remind us to be prepared. What is worth wondering is: For what? For when? And by what means? In this weekly visit to the Base Camp of our church community we’ll rest a bit, and we’ll reflect, refuel, and refresh our sense of reverence.

We’re Forever Blowing Bubbles

Maybe we live in bubbles these days. Maybe we always have! Each of us sees from an utterly unique vantage point – it’s how we’re made. Yet our bubbles are transparent! It’s when we see one other’s bubbles as essential worlds that we may effectively combine in the Body of Christ. The book of Esther is a story that speaks to just such a truth in “just such a time as this.” All are welcome and each essential in the Base Camp of this church community, where we regularly gather to rest and reflect, refuel, and refresh our sense of reverence.

What Belongs to God?

Isaiah’s vision of a world without violence may be the deepest song of our hearts to this day. How shall we carry that vision to abundant fruition? How shall we be citizens of both heaven and earth? What of us belongs to which? It is likely we will answer with differences, because we are different – by design! There is room for all of us – and need for each of us – in the world and in the Base Camp of our church community, where we regularly gather to rest and reflect, refuel, and refresh our sense of reverence.