Rev. Heather Hinton

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Up — and Then Down 02/11/18 (Transfiguration)

Up — and Then Down 02/11/18 (Transfiguration)

So I suspect that it is with some relief that Peter, James, and John follow Jesus up a mountain, away from the crowds and the noise and the smells, away even from the other disciples, to a place of quiet and solitude. Just as they are catching their breath from the strenuous climb – it was, after all, a high mountain – just as they are inhaling the fresh, cool air and enjoying the peacefulness, something indescribable occurs. Jesus’ dirty, worn-out clothes become dazzling white.

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To Run and Not Be Weary 02/04/18

To Run and Not Be Weary 02/04/18

“Here you go, Mom. Let’s get you all fixed up. OK, that’s all done, great work, Jesus. Now, we’ve had a long and exciting day watching Jesus cast out demons at the synagogue, and we’re really hungry. When’s dinner?”

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What Have You To Do With Us, Jesus of Nazareth? 01/28/18

What Have You To Do With Us, Jesus of Nazareth? 01/28/18

We may be shocked by the demonic and by the exorcism. We may want to debate what that’s all about. But in the New Testament, including the Gospel of Mark, the exorcism stories are more about the story that gets told than about the exorcism itself. In other words, the question is not, “what happened?” but rather, “what does it mean?”

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Let It Go! 01/21/18

Let It Go! 01/21/18

I think about all of this and I think, “there’s no way I could be that brave. Or free. Or trusting. I would still be standing by my boat.”

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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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