Live Like You’ve Experienced Christmas…

My first sermon!

Preached at the Early Riser Chapel Service at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, December 30, 2012.

Thank you for all of your prayers and support! I could never have done this without my beautiful community.

I am also VERY grateful for this congregation. I wonder if you know how welcoming and inviting you are. What a beautiful community you are!




Links to sources:

– United Methodist Lectionary Planning Help for Sunday’s

Rev. Tom Are Jr, Senior Pastor. Village Presbyterian Church – December 9, 2012 Sermon


Say a quiet yes to God…

#singingbowl via tiffkei
#singingbowl via tiffkei

Sunday, September 23, 2012

James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

(prayerful response to Lectio Divina)

A sparkling word or phrase:

“Say a quiet yes to God”

The image:

The image I see as I listen to this text is first an image of total chaos. Maybe a group of people fighting over control, everyone going after what they want, ignoring the needs of others…maybe a “National Lampoon” family dinner or a board meeting gone awry. You know…Chaos!

But in this line…”Say A Quite Yes to God”…I see hope. In the midst of the chaos, I see a spot of quite…calm…peace…a place to rest. The thing is…that spot is always there. Always. No matter how noisy the chaos, how all-encompassing the chaos is…peace is always present.


Spirit of God, I see the chaos. How could I miss it. I “yell a loud no to the devil” all the time. Please help me remember that you God are present in the quite yes. Thanks be to God.

Related Links:

Lectio Divina when in doubt ~ Biblegateway ~ Using the  Bible to Meet with God ~

The Light is Coming…

I have spent quite a bit of time this week thinking about Isaiah 9:2.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness-on them light has shined.

It is one of those texts that people get or they don’t. Yes, we can understand the history of it, we can understand the Israelite people and all that they were going through, but that doesn’t always translate into “getting it.”

For some reason I woke up in the middle of the night, it was 3:30 in the morning and I could not get back to sleep. Eventually, I decided that it would be better to just get up for a while. After about half an hour of playing on the computer I decided that I would go back to bed. I turned the computer monitor off, got up and turned off the living room light and found myself in the pitch black of night. When I entered the living room, I could see just fine, we have night lights in the hall and in the bathroom. Now that I had spent some time in the light, the dark was deeper, blinding. We live in the dark with some light, then someone turns on the light and we realize how much darkness was invading our lives. We don’t “get it” until we really “get it.” The bright light of Christ, the one that shines on us, when we are in his light, the dark becomes unacceptable.

Tonight, sitting in church with my friends and family, someone will turn the lights in the sanctuary off. Slowly, flame by flame, the sanctuary will be illuminated with the small flame of hundreds of candles, the dark will be no more.  The light of a baby Jesus coming into the world, through our hands.

As I see the candles being lit, I am reminded that every person holding a candle, the people who cannot, and the people at home stuck in the consumerism of Christmas, every man woman and child, is worthy of Love. The Love that surpasses all understanding. This is what I will remember as I light my candle tonight. And every candle through the year.

I wanted to share a video that friends of mine shared on Facebook. We are worthy of Love, Thanks be to God….