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Written on the Doorposts Joshua 24:1-7, 14-18 September 16, 2018 Rev. Kristin Stoneking Epworth United Methodist Church, Berkeley, CA This week I felt the full force of being back to school and having kids going to school in two different towns, one some distance away, and one in a completely new school and district to us. I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed with registration forms, music and sports signs ups and contributions, different online portals for parents and the new
Psalm 147 September 9, 2018 Rev. Kristin Stoneking Epworth United Methodist Church, Berkeley, CA In a surprising move this week, the sports conglomerate, Nike, selected former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, as one of the faces of its 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign. It was surprising because Kaepernick, as I’m sure many of you are well aware, has been at the center of a national controversy that pits honoring the service of those in the military and
Hygge: Sabbath Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 September 2, 2018 Rev. Kristin Stoneking Epworth United Methodist Church, Berkeley, CA You may have noticed that I was not here the second and third weeks in August, and I want to say a huge thank you to Jerry Asheim and Bill Miller for leading worship and preaching during those weeks. Staycations can be great but for this vacation, I was not just up at the parsonage hunkering down. In fact, my family and I were 5500 miles away in Denmark
Spiritual Practices: Giving John 2:13-22 March 4, 2018 Rev. Kristin Stoneking Epworth United Methodist Church, Berkeley, CA Some of you know that before coming to Epworth, I led an organization in New York, but our family never moved there. I commuted to New York about every 5 weeks and spent anywhere from 3-6 days there, and since this was a national branch of an international organization with chapters around the country and other branches around the world, I spent a fair a
The Voices Mark 1: 21-34 January 28, 2018 Epworth United Methodist Church, Berkeley Rev. Kristin Stoneking I’m sure it’s not news to you that this has been one of the worst flu seasons that California has seen in several years. Several of our number have had some version of it, I came down with it after Christmas but fortunately I was already on vacation. I don’t know about you but when I’m sick, I reach a point when I can’t fully remember what it feels like to be well. One o
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Rev. Kristin Stoneking Epworth United Methodist Church, Berkeley, California January 21, 2018 Ever had one of those moments when you give advice to someone else and you feel so right about doing it, then the same advice comes back to stare you in the face, and you’re like I don’t want that advice! I don’t want to listen to that!? Remember last fall when we were discerning leadership for this year for the ministries and mission of the church and I said, “If you
Matthew 2:1-17 What did you think when you saw the picture on the bulletin,
Did any of you think, “Isn’t Christmas over with, yet?” I mean, we’ve been dealing with Christmas decorations and music since Halloween. But actually, the twelve days of Christmas ended on January 5,
and yesterday — January 6 — was the Feast of the Epiphany, like it is every year. This is not a picture of the Christmas story; it’s a picture of the Epiphany story.
Epiphany is actually a more anci
Those Who Dream Psalm 126 December 17, 2017 Rev. Kristin Stoneking Epworth United Methodist Church, Berkeley, CA Well here we are, eight days out from Christmas. I confess to you that my good intentions of a peaceful and paced Advent have given way to many activities, days that are packed, even in the margins, and well, this week, even some grinchiness. It’s been a challenging week in the Campi-Stoneking household. On Monday, I was trying to do a little clearing of clutter, i
Chaos, Mystery and Hope Mark 13:24-37, First Sunday in Advent, Year B Epworth United Methodist Church December 3, 2017 Rev. Kristin Stoneking When you hear passages such as the one Kim read this morning, that there will be a time when “the sun will be darkened and the moon will not light,” do you ever wonder, “Is this true?” In the days when I was working with students as a campus minister, I often found myself in conversations about the truth of the Bible, or the rationality
If We Share Matthew 25:31-40 Rev. Kristin Stoneking Epworth United Methodist Church November 26, 2017 I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Did you get some rest? Or is this finally a moment to rest and reflect? Maybe you’re actually weary at the end of these Thanksgiving days having cooked, cleaned and hosted, maybe even lived through a family dynamic or two. But today is Sabbath. I’m glad you are here. Most pastors typically designate a day other than Sunday to be a