"What We Miss & What We Find"

6 Easter.C.22
Acts 16:9-15
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

Have you ever experienced a trip that has not gone as planned? A few years ago, Phil and I were invited to join friends for a week in Ecuador. I think it took me less than 30 seconds to reply. Let’s go! I discovered that where we would be staying was near El Cajas National Park a fantastical land of glacial lakes and the famed polylepis tree. There were Incan ruins to explore in the area and a host of other sites to see.

"Doing a New Thing"

5 Easter.C.22
Acts 11:1-18; Rev. 21:1-6; John 13:31-35
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

There’s a wonderful hymn written by Frederick Willliam Faber. It begins: “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea, there’s a kindness in God’s justice, which is more than liberty. The third verse concludes: “For the love of God is broader than the measure of the mind, and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.” The message of the hymn, is that God’s love far exceeds our own, transcending our institutions, doctrines and orthodoxies.