The Fifth Sunday in Lent – Ezekiel 37:1-14, The Valley of the Dry Bones—————. As Nebuchadnezzar went to take a drink, a fist emerged from the cup and knocked him in the jaw. ( Log Out / Cynthia Lyles You Shall Live … Let’s rattle this valley like it’s never been rattled before. “I will put my spirit within you,” God says, “and you shall live.”, 421 South 36th Street The valley of dry bones is a story of hope. Thank you! What a timely treatment of the powerful story about Ezekiel in the Valley of the Dry Bones! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It is the depth of Ezekiel’s suffering and grief that gives him the credibility to talk about resurrection,” wrote the Rev. What will our future look like? And powerful imagery to hold in our minds and hearts as we continue to feel our way through this valley. Over sixty people gathered from around the country here on Friday. Watch Queue Queue I believe this, because it is my own personal story. They’re numbers on which you can bet your life and future – and it would be a good bet. Those promises and reassurances are the path we walk in this valley. I suspect it’s a question most of us are wondering about. Ever feel cut off from other people, from God, from your true self?
Thanks Steve. We are Facebook friends. He loved that big old oak tree, and best all he loved to perch on its broadest branch and watch his mother as she skimmed silently over the tree tops searching the ground for Dominic's next meal. (Located at the corner of 36th and Harney Streets) Thank you Mary. We learned practical steps for how a congregation can be more welcoming and inclusive. It’s a story about a people who have a future. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was drinking from a cup made out of the skull of a defeated Hebrew at the very moment when Ezekiel had his vision.
This story was now being told, not in some documentary on Logo that only a few people saw, but in an ABC miniseries. We needed to be reassured that all shall be well. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Jim Mitulski in his essay “Ezekiel Understands AIDS.”. Last week I told you how fortunate we were to have Psalm 23 as our appointed psalm. God says it three times: “And you shall live”; “And you shall live”; “And you shall live.” Mike+. I try pretty hard to not repeat myself from one sermon to the next.
A friend of mine who is a Sister of Incarnate Word constantly spouts “trust Him” like it’s a continual spring of water bursting out of her. Thank you, for your good and gracious words. On my birthday ABC debuted a miniseries that told part of the story of the modern gay rights movement. It sounds like people asking, “Are you ok? ( Log Out / Can you imagine? At the times of my own deep pain and struggle—whether the death of my father when I was sixteen or my experiences coming out of the closet as a gay man or our long effort to adopt a child—God has been with me. Anne Gunn, CRE So I want to give you some other numbers to focus on: ten and three. It sounds like life, and life abundant. Mike, this sermon is wonderful! Someone once said I was a pioneer as an openly gay minister, and I disagreed with them. In the place of your deepest pain, God is going to breathe. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. I keep remembering a song we sang in grade school in Phoenix, Arizona: “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel”…”way up in the middle of the air! In this time of virtual church, it was good to be reminded that we walk in faith and that faith will lead us home. That rattling sounds like faith, hope, and love. Change ). Copyright © 2009-2020 Michael K. Marsh and Interrupting The Silence, Some Rights Reserved.
I’ve had it easy compared to people like Jim Mitulski who did good work while challenged by even greater stigma and did so in the midst of a nearly genocidal epidemic. When you are overcome by fear, ashamed, stigmatized, and exiled. On Friday we hosted the WISE for Mental Health Conference. It sounds like support and care for healthcare providers, first responders, and essential workers. And yet. The rabbis tell a humorous story about Ezekiel’s vision. Ten times God promises that the dry bones of this valley are not our final reality. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. He’s currently serving as the interim Senior Minister at the Congregational Church of Needham, Massachusetts. But today, I am going to repeat myself, at least to some degree. Shortly afterwards we were asked to host this first WISE conference, and it was an honor to once again be a pioneer in our denomination.
They fought back, they organized, they advocated, they loved. But I also know that is not the final story of God and God’s people.
Your homily reminds me of her and challenges me to dig deep and remember who I am and whose I am, and everyone else I come into contact with. May God’s peace and blessings be upon you. It’s exactly what we, our country, and our world need to hear. The HIV/AIDS experience is unique but it shares universal traits with other stigmatized experiences.
“I will put my spirit within you,” God says, “and you shall live.”. I so appreciate the honesty in what Ezekiel says. “Mortal, can these bones live?” the Lord asks Ezekiel. Exclusion by family and friends. Are you ever nihilistic, overcome by fear, ashamed, stigmatized, and exiled? My colleague, the Rev. We heard the latest in suicide prevention and response. The Law of the Lord and the Law of the Land, Sermon Illustrations for Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 (2020).
The series was entitled “When We Rise,” a fantastic Easter title. I also found this message helpful and would like to share it with anyone in need of a word of encouragement. That’s how I feel every time I read the newest numbers of cases, deaths, job losses, and financial hardships. And then listen for the rattle; the rattling of “bones com[ing] together, bone to its bone.”. His essay is a profound interpretation and application of the ancient prophetic vision to a contemporary context. “I will put my spirit within you,” God says, “and you shall live.” Jim Mitulski wrote, “The book of Ezekiel is about an exiled community moving from devastation to resurrection.” This story may begin with our darkest pain, but it ends with life.
In today’s Bible story, God carries Ezekiel to the battlefield where the Babylonians defeated the Judean armies, and there Ezekiel sees the bodies of the slain, their bones having dried in the sun and the wind. Hope because more and more faith communities realize the need to be leaders in this area. We also listened to deeply moving stories of how silence, shame, and stigma lead sometimes to death.
In 1978 Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow flag as a symbol for gay rights, which has become a global symbol for welcome and inclusion. We understand what it means to be fearful of giving or receiving love.
Hope because recovery does work for most people.
Throughout those ten promises – at the beginning, the middle, and the end – God says, “and you shall live.” “You shall live” is the river of reassurance that flows through the valley of dry bones. Jim wrote: More. We understand what it means to lose faith in God, in the community, and in our selves. And a wonderful rhythm…I’m going to sing it ten times and three times!!!
Plus thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources... Dominic Owl lived in a big, old oak tree, right in the middle of the wood. (Breathe with me, right now. I cried a lot watching the series. We needed to be reminded that the Lord is our shepherd and we shall not be in want. Hope because the covenant God is with us. Sallie, may God’s promises and reassurances always be with you.
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