Soundings

By Father David Fisher

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Want to learn more from different perspectives about our lessons? Soundings is a an opportunity for our Clergy to provide different insights into our readings and scripture. You may not always agree with the Clergy's interpretations. But that is why Soundings was created. To invite thoughtful discussion. You are welcome to email the author of each article to provide your comments. Welcome to Soundings!


What Did They Expect To See?

By Father David Fisher

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What did John’s two disciples; the Greeks who asked Philip if they could see Jesus; and Pontius Pilate - when Jesus was brought before him - expect to see? In these texts from John and Mark, expectations play a role in seeing. John was standing with t wo of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’

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What's a Serpent Doing in the Story?

By Father David Fisher

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Not the first serpent described in Genesis, but a bronze serpent apparently made by Moses at God’s command to cure Israelites from poisonous snake bites. In Numbers 21: 9 we read “The Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

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What Kind of Reader Are You?

By Father David Fisher

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Are you drawn to re-reading novels or short stories in which you already know the ending? Or, as a borrower or purchaser of unread fiction, do you peek ahead to the ending before deciding whether to invest the time and energy demanded for navigating through the entire work? Or, finally, do you simply begin at the beginning, hoping/trusting in the narrator to lead you to a satisfactory ending? These questions are central as we anticipate the conclusion of Lent and the beginning of Eastertide.

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Reimagining Church

By Father David Fisher

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What are we to make of in person church going after having been connected on Zoom? I don’t mean how to navigate the various protocols required by church and state in response to Covid-19. I mean, rather - having been told again and again that church is not a building but a living community - how ought we to reimagine church going in relationship to being church?

As we prepare to reenter our worship space I commend poems by two very different poets looking at sacred space from the outside, as it were: Phillip Larkin (who called himself an “Anglican agnostic”) and Emily Dickinson, whose faith resists parsing.

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Desert Places

By Father David Fisher

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And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Mark 1:14
In “Desert Places” Robert Frost sees wilderness as a place of isolation, aloneness, and fear:

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