3rd Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2020- John 1:6-8, 19-28- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Who are you? We can understand the inquisitive nature of those sent by the Pharisees wondering if John the Baptist were the Christ or Elijah or a prophetic voice their scriptures had anticipated would precede the coming of… Continue reading Who Are You, and Why Are You Here?
2nd Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020- Isaiah 40:1-5, Mark 1:1-8- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Are you a preparer of the way, or are you the way? Now what do I mean by that question? In the context of the biblical narrative, we clearly understand the way as being the way of… Continue reading Are You A Preparer of the Way, or the Way?
1st Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020- Isaiah 64:1-9, Mark 13:24-37- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for both the birth of Christ and the second coming of Christ. The term is derived from the Latin word “adventus” meaning “coming” or “arrival,” which, in turn… Continue reading Expectant Waiting in Uncertain Times
25th Sunday After Pentecost, November 22, 2020- Luke 23:33-43- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Why do we do this? We follow a lesson plan of biblical readings subscribed by the World Council of Churches that repeats itself every three years. And the hope is that congregations will become familiar with some of the… Continue reading Why Do We Do This?
24th Sunday After Pentecost, November 15, 2020- Acts 4:32-25, Luke 16:19-31- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Today is Stewardship Consecration Sunday when we discern how God is calling and equipping us to give of our time and resources to the ministry and mission of our church. Stewardship means taking responsibility for the care… Continue reading There Was Not a Needy Person Among Them
23rd Sunday After Pentecost, November 8, 2020- Amos 5:18-24, Matthew 25:1-13- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - “In your face! I’m better than you are, uh huh, uh huh!” This is a very rude expression that arises in the heat of competition between two individuals where one outdoes the other and offers an in-your-face… Continue reading An In-Your-Face God
22nd Sunday After Pentecost, November 1st, 2020- Matthew 5:1-12- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Do you remember the cartoon characters Popeye and Olive Oyl? Well, in one episode that was aired in 1948, the year of the presidential election between Harry Truman and Thomas Dewey, Olive decides to run for President. Now, the… Continue reading If I Were President
21st Sunday After Pentecost, October 25, 2020- Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 8:31-36- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Sisters, brothers, and children of God, I’m about to share a faith statement that, at first, you may find theologically offensive, possibly even un-Christian. Yet it is nonetheless biblically based and inspired by what I consider one… Continue reading Knowing When God Shows Up
18th Sunday After Pentecost, October 4, 2020- Isaiah 5:1-7, Matthew 21:33-46- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - When reading the Bible, you will constantly come across stories of love and betrayal, be they stories of gifts that were given in love and wasted, or stories of love that one entrusted to another that the… Continue reading Sour Grapes from Hell’s Vineyard
17th Sunday After Pentecost, September 27, 2020- Matthew 21:23-32- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The priest and elders with whom Jesus contended were religious leaders whose influence was limited by the provisions the Roman empire allowed. In other words, they, like faith leaders of our day and age, were cautioned not to get… Continue reading By What Authority Do You Live and Act?