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You Can't Stop the Beat

March 31, 2012 The closing song in “Hairspray” says, “you can’t stop an avalanche …the motion of the ocean… you can’t stop the beat”.  It is referring to social change and that once momentum has built up that change is inevitable.  In the musical it is specifically speaking of racial integration but has much wider […]

Confession

March 30, 2012 I confess.  I did not actually write this on March 30.  I chaperoned an event at my oldest son’s school last night which lasted until ten o’clock and completely forgot when I got home.  So now it is Saturday and I have to post to keep up with my Lenten commitment.  Confession, […]

Fail a Little More

March 29, 2012 It is okay to fail.  In fact most of us should be failing more.  Failure proves that we are trying new things.  If we are waiting for the situation to be perfect before we embark on a new journey, occupation, or trial we will wait forever.  Think of the young couple waiting […]

Ministry Classes

Summerfield will be hosting ministry training classes for Lay Servants. This is an important ministry within the Methodist organization, and these leadership positions are rooted in the Church’s history. Download the announcement flyer. Anyone interested to learn more or join the course, please contact Karen Magestro. Day 1 Class: May 11 (Friday) 6:00 pm – […]

Gospel of Forgiveness

March 28, 2012 According to William Blake, the ministry of Jesus Christ is one of forgiveness of sins.  For many Christians the emphasis they find in forgiveness that they themselves are forgiven, and feel emancipated as a result.  They find that they are no longer captive to their former lifestyle, choices, addictions, or general naughtiness.  […]

KIRTAN with DENNIS HAWK

Dennis Hawk presents a form of devotional chanting whose roots go back over 500 years. Join us at Summerfield UMC, Sunday, April 15th, 2012 10:30 – 11:45 AM One of the oldest sacred sound traditions of the world, Kirtan call-and-response chanting, involves Satsang, a Sanskrit term meaning where people gather together as a community to […]

Taking the Plunge

March 27, 2012 What keeps us from taking the plunge?  Why is it so intimidating to even imagine something different?  I’ve had jobs I’ve stayed too long at, opportunities I haven’t taken advantage of, a marriage I was terrified to see end, and lots of other transitions that I built up in my head as […]

Dance!

March 26, 2012 Dancing is such a wonderful way to express praise to God.  I remember the first time I saw “Chorus Line” and heard the song, “Everything Was Beautiful at the Ballet”.  The song talks about how reality can sometimes be ugly and confused, but the ballet was beautiful and fluid and pure.  I […]

The still small voice

March 25, 2012 A still small voice cries out to me.  I can’t tell you what it says to me.  All I can say is that I can hear it.  Do you hear it?  If you do, what is it saying to you?  If you don’t hear it, you must listen more closely, it is […]

Blossoming Community

March 24, 2012 I saw a wonderful thing today.  It was community blossoming.  Just as the trees and the bulbs are bursting forth in this wonderfully blessed spring we are experiencing, community was popping out all around me.  My oldest son is the youth chairperson for the Wisconsin Vision Walk this year, so we attended […]

Speaking the truth in love

March 23, 2012 One of the emotional burdens of being a pastor is that you know everything that everyone is struggling with.  This information comes of course in confidence.  Then what is really frustrating is to hear people spreading gossip that you know to be false.  It happens more than might be suspected.  Of course […]

Surrendering Fear

March 22, 2012 Surrendering our fears is hard.  If love is an undulating raft that we float upon, sometimes it feels like that raft is an ice burg, melting out from under us.  We are afraid: that love will not last, that we are not enough, that we do not have enough.  How do we […]

Drowning?

March 21, 2012 What’s your lifeboat?  Faith in many ways is a lifeboat, that thing which keeps us from sinking when everything else has failed.  The problem many of us have is believing that ours is the only lifeboat.  Because what we have is keeping us afloat, we think that no one else could stay […]

Spring is here!

March 20, 2012 Spring has sprung!  This is my tenth first day of spring in Wisconsin and I sure don’t remember one like this.  I’ve been saying over and over this winter, “thank God for global warming”.  That is of course a little tongue in cheek, but I am glad that we were blessed with […]

Playing the blame game?

March 19, 2012 It’s all my fault.  Have you ever felt that way?  How about, it is all YOUR fault.  Maybe you are more accustomed to that.  Some of us are more inclined to bear the burdens of the world on our own shoulders, and others to place blame elsewhere.  When we see a system […]

Whose job is it?

March 18, 2012   Have you ever given everything you could to somebody and had it not be enough?  They either weren’t able to accept what you had or you weren’t able to give what they needed, but either way, you were heartbroken and dissatisfied with the outcome.  I have been in that situation several […]

St. Patrick's Breastplate

March 17, 2012 Christ be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in every […]

Team SUMC

Members of Summerfield (group photo collage) joined with thousands of others across the country on Saturday, March 17th to participate in the 2012 Fight for Air Climb. The vertical race started at the ground level of the US Bank tower and ended 47 floors or 1034 steps later. Thank you Midnight Milers supporters, and donors […]

Give and Receive

March 16, 2012 Accompaniment, walking together, being in relationship: this is the new model for Christian mission.  We are learning that the best way to help people is to be in partnership.  Even in Christian mission relationships across different continents, in which the balance of material resources is way out of whack, the church is […]

What makes a winner?

March 15, 2012 The agony of defeat.  I felt it today.  My oldest son, who does not have a lot of opportunities to bask in the glory of victory was a finalist in his school district cooking contest.  The finals were today, and they did a great job of making it feel like a big […]

It's not about you

March 14, 2012 I had a heart-felt conversation this evening with my younger son as I was driving him to gymnastics practice.  I just found out yesterday that his state final gymnastics meet is scheduled at a time that conflicts with a kick-off event that his older brother is the youth chairperson of this year.  […]

One Million People

March 13, 2012 Do you know how many people were purported to be in Jerusalem for the Passover when Jesus entered on Palm Sunday, knocked over the money changer’s tables in the Temple, and was crucified?  I heard today one million.  A million people.  I Googled to see what current events draw that kind of […]

The Fantasy Life

March 12, 2012 My oldest son asked me this evening what I would think if we lived in the world of Star Wars or Harry Potter.  I think it is normal for people to fantasize about “what if” scenarios.  Daphne Du Maurier’s classic book “The Scapegoat” is about a man who stumbles into the life […]

I'm saving room

March 11, 2012 I’m saving room.  What is the first thing you would be talking about if you said that?  I’m saving room for dessert.  I’m saving room by putting these two things in the same container in the refrigerator.  I’m saving room on the shelf for when I get…  What about saving room in […]

Enough!

March 10, 2012 “That’s enough, that’s enough.  You don’t need that much!”  That is my husband upstairs talking (loudly) to our daughter who is the bathtub, so I presume he is referring to shampoo or bubble bath or something else that is fun to pour.  Do you think God ever tries to shout that to […]

Pieces

March 9, 2012 She says I am the one… I’m singing Billie Jean in my head because I was just reading about the Michael Jackson Cirque de Soleil show that is coming to Milwaukee next weekend.  It makes me think of God though.  Think of just that one line of the song, “She says I […]

Can you feel the love tonight?

March 8, 2012 The joyful sound of kids’ voices is an integral part of my life right now.  We like seeing children play and grow and thrive and succeed.  Today I learned my oldest son could be on a local morning talk show if he wins the cooking contest he will compete in as a […]

Loving

March 7, 2012 You have to use some of your energy loving those who are going to love you back.  There is no doubt that God calls us to love the poor, the hungry, the sick.  God gives us plenty of opportunity to do so, if we allow ourselves to see it.  But Jesus also […]

The Fluidity of Community

March 6, 2012 One of us will not be here.  Have you ever sat in the midst of community and realized that that exact combination of people will likely never be gathered together again?  I think we often attend church and think of those who are there as the same old crowd.  But communities are […]

God's Exchange Policy

March 5, 2012 That’s fair and square.  I just saw the funniest television commercial.  It had Ellen in it and the sound was muted so Matt was narrating it.  It was set in ancient Greece and everyone was wearing togas in a big crowded square.  Matt’s narration included the crowd yelling “crucify her” and the […]