Rev. Beth discusses the Parable of the Talents, drawing out the messages it contains about God’s extravagance and how we are called to take risks with the abundance we’ve been given.
Sunday, May 12th, 2013
How About Some Cheese with that Whine?
Sunday, May 5th, 2013
Rev. Beth discusses the John 5:1-9 (the story of the healing pool at Bethesda), drawing out the message of moving past whatever is holding us back or keeping us hopeless.
Changing Our Minds
Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Looking at divergent beliefs found in Acts 10 & 11:1-18, Rev. Beth talks about the transition in Pastoral leadership an human difficulties in changing ones mind. Recognizing that people tend to selectively screen their experiences in favor of their beliefs, she challenges the church to commit to a period of time of positive expectations of a new pastor.
Do You Love Me
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Rev. Beth and members of MPC’s Social Justice Committee offer their reflections on how we show our love for God and creation as part of a special Earth Day celebration.
Embody Presence Not Proof
Sunday, April 7th, 2013
Rev. Beth discusses ‘Doubting’ Thomas, and what his story can teach us about the importance of offering the presence of God to others as opposed to trying to offer proof.
Celebration of Life
Sunday, March 31st, 2013
Rev. Beth considers the mission of this church in light of the like affirming event of Easter seen through the eyes or Mary Magdalene. We are invited to embrace life as our ongoing mission, not treat the Easter story as “Mission Accomplished”.
When The Stones Have to Shout Out
Sunday, March 24th, 2013
Rev. Beth discusses Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem: the excitement and tension it caused, the disconnect between expectations and reality, and the underlying hope for a peaceful world.
First, Don’t be Annoying
Sunday, March 10th, 2013
Guest preacher Lisa Larges continues our theme of lamentation, discussing the book of Job and what it tells us about religion vs. faith and sympathy vs. empathy.
Desolation to Consolation
Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Guest preacher Rev. Keenan Kelsey discusses Luke’s story of the ten lepers, relating it to the concept of lamentation in the midst of desolation, and how it can eventually lead to peace and healing.
When Communal Lament Goes Awry
Sunday, February 24th, 2013
Continuing the Lenten series focusing on Lament, Rev. Beth invites the Montclair Presbyterian Church community to make space for the expression of lament describing how unexpressed Lamentation can be destructive in communal relationships. Scripture Lamentations 2: 11-15 and 3:22-25.