Rev. Lindy Purdy’s Blog

I heard a word . . . Whopper (December 27, 2016)

 

This year was our 1st Annual “Games not Gifts” Christmas.  We were not perfect, but we made a good start toward a different focus for our holiday time together.  One of the games we played on Christmas Day was called “Name the Candy.”  Each contestant got an unmarked brown lunch bag with a bag or bar of candy and they had to get the group to “name the candy” by acting it out, drawing it, or producing an appropriate jingle.  One bag contained Whoppers.

It was such fun to see “whopper” acted out.  We guessed everything from elephant, to hot air balloon, to sky scraper.  All we knew is that it was big—it was a whopper!  I have always associated “whopper” with a tall tale, a fabricated story of enormous proportions, and that is what I think Christmas Santa Claus style has become.  Bigger, more, over-the-top; a fabricated story of enormous proportions.

 

While the true story of Christmas is a very big deal, but everything about it is small—a tiny baby, in a small town, a quiet birth, God’s humble entry into the world.  Interesting.

 

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I heard a word . . . Amplify  December 20, 2016 

This word was on my mind today.  For everything is at a higher volume, a multiplied intensity, a dizzying pace right now—everything is amplified.  Christmas is near—the “Silent Night” is approaching, the “all is calm, all is still” words are ringing in my ears, but it feels nothing like that.  The world demands of us that we keep up, get things done, rush forward, meet the deadline.  And this year I have fallen to the demands.  But as I sit here and reflect, I can lower my shoulders, breathe a little easier and remember that the Prince of Peace is present; the one who calms the seas and gentles the storms of life is with me.  That is the message that we need to amplify—peace on earth, good will to all people.  May it be so.

I heard a word . . . Logos     December 13, 2016

Logos is Greek for “word.” In its Greek form, it implies a plea to logic, and it is the root of our word “logic.”  In a theological context logos means the Word of God, or principle of divine reason and creative order.  For John, the author of the fourth gospel, Jesus is the word, the logos, God speaking and revealing Godself to the world.

I love the thought of God choosing a baby, a just-beginning-person, to be the vehicle of revealing and speaking to us.  Someone we can learn to love, and learn from how to love.

And I find it ironic and that this baby Jesus would not have been at all logical in that day.  The world was looking for a powerful prophet or a mighty king.  Logos of God—speak to us, make your word known to us.

 I heard a word . . .December 6, 2016

The word that has been with me this week is burlap; yes, that scratchy, smelly, unrefined fabric.  It reminds me of Christmas and Christmas pageants and little boy shepherds.  Perhaps because one year ago I had a little boy shepherd grandson, and thirty years ago I made six burlap shepherd costumes for the Christmas pageant at my church when I had a little boy son shepherd.  It also reminds me of the scratchy, smelly place where Jesus was born—in an animal stable.  This was not where or how anyone expected “The almighty King” the “Prince of Peace,” the “Savior of the World” to appear.  Makes me wonder about the scratchy, smelly places in my life.  Lindy

“I heard a word . . .”November 27 – December 4, 2016

I heard a word this week that caught my attention. That word is “decree.” It is not a word that is used much today, but most of us have heard it, and for many of us it brings to mind a very familiar passage of scripture. “In those days, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.” (Luke 2:1) A decree is an order, a command or a dictate. Caesar Augustus was the founder and first Emperor of the Roman Empire. He was the richest and most powerful person in the world when Jesus was born in an obscure corner of the Empire. Emperor Augustus ordered a census of all the people in the world, right at the time when Jesus entered the world. What an interesting collision of power.    Lindy

 

Prayers of the People 11.21.15

 

Holy and Loving God, we know that You see those that;
the world does not see,
that You notice those that we might pass by,
that You hear all our prayers, the ones we dare to speak,
and those we hold close to our heart.
We know that You love all Your children, deserving and not.

We are a grateful people, when things go our way,
We are a mystified people, when we do not see
the world as you see it.

But You see, You notice, You hear and You heal.

We pray for Your healing, and Your life-giving power as we strain forward in faith to what lies ahead.

We pray for all those whom violence has tried
to silence this week—
for those whose tragedy made the headlines
both here and abroad,
for those who suffer in silence and anonymity
for those who feel completely immobilized
by pain or grief.

See them. Notice them. Hear them. Heal them.

We pray for those who feel silenced and threatened by the
powers of this world—
For the refugees continuing to flee from countries
in the Middle East and North Africa, who long for peace
in their own homeland. They must be terrified, O God;
tired and alone.
We pray also for our Muslim neighbors here in our community who suffer discrimination and misunderstanding in the fall out of terror attacks around the world.

See them. Notice them. Hear them. Heal them.