Rev. Heather Hinton

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Samuel, Nathanael, and Me 01/14/18

Samuel, Nathanael, and Me 01/14/18

He was standing at the podium in front of 250,000 people, and the next line just wasn’t quite right. He couldn’t say it. And in that terrible pause, the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson called, “Tell them about the dream, Martin!” As he pushed his prepared remarks off to the left side of the podium and looked out over the crowd, his adviser and speechwriter Clarence Jones leaned over to the person standing next to him and said, “These people out there – they don’t know it yet, but they’re about ready to go to church.”

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Epiphany 01/07/18

Epiphany 01/07/18

Since the weather outside was frightful, we had an informal Bible Study followed by Communion. We considered the Epiphany text from Matthew: the Journey of the Magi.

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Each Night a Holy Night 12/31/17

Each Night a Holy Night 12/31/17

Do you believe that a child can save a whole people? Do you believe that a child can lead the people out of drought and darkness? Do you believe that a child can show us all the way?
Simeon did. And so did Anna.

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Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols ~ 12/24/17

Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols ~ 12/24/17

Celebrate Christmas with Lessons and Carols by Candlelight!

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Q Word of Love (Advent 4) ~ 12/24/17

Q Word of Love (Advent 4) ~ 12/24/17

A reasonable story would be historical – it would tell us the who/what/when/where with accuracy and certitude. A reasonable story would be scientific – verifiable and reproducible in another setting. But Luke wasn’t writing history or science. In Luke’s time and place, people were not preoccupied with such things as we moderns often are. No, Luke was writing theology: the story of how God relates to the world, and how the world relates to God.

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A Word of Joy (Advent 3 & Pageant) ~ 12/17/17

A Word of Joy (Advent 3 & Pageant) ~ 12/17/17

In the spirit of letting go of expectations that are too high and stress that isn’t needed, let’s have fun with the Great Christmas Un-Pageant of 2017! No rehearsals, no memorization, no stage blocking. Just costumes and story and semi-organized chaos. Joy!

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A Word of Peace (Advent 2) ~ 12/10/17

A Word of Peace (Advent 2) ~ 12/10/17

This week we get some particulars about that new thing that’s coming as we meet (again) John the Baptist. He was strange, maybe even scary, but there was something in John’s words and actions that spoke to the people. And so they flocked to him. They were hungry for a word about God, a word from God. Of course, in Jerusalem there was the temple and the rabbis and all the accumulated wisdom of the religious establishment. But that’s not where the hungry people went. They went out into the wilderness to listen to this strange man who reminded him of the true prophets of old, quoting from Isaiah.

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A Word of Hope (Advent 1) ~ 12/03/17

A Word of Hope (Advent 1) ~ 12/03/17

Mark’s little apocalypse isn’t a word of terror about the end of the world; it’s a word of hope about the presence and activity of God, most especially when it seems like the world – literally or figuratively – is coming to an end. And so we hope. We hope that God’s promises for us and for the world are already being realized.

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Kingdom Come 11/26/17

Kingdom Come 11/26/17

Into this setting walked Jesus, and he delivered a radical message: the Kingdom of God will be nothing like the Kingdoms – the Empires – we’ve known on earth. It will be utterly, spectacularly different. And it will come in a completely unexpected and unfamiliar way. It is for the arrival of this Kingdom that Jesus taught his disciples to pray.

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Giving Thanks and Getting to Work 11/19/17

Giving Thanks and Getting to Work 11/19/17

Let’s just start here: this parable confuses me, even after all the many times I’ve encountered it and thought about it. I don’t like what it seems to be saying. And I get kind of angry when I read it – which I’m forced to do at least once every three years, when it comes up in the lectionary.

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