Rev. Karen Chakoian

We All Worship Something

We All Worship Something

When you bring your pledges up, when you make your promise to God and to each other to give your silver and gold here, you’re doing something so basic and so ordinary: you’re supporting this church so we can help children like Louise grow up knowing Jesus loves her, and help her to decide which god she will worship. Because she’s going to worship something.

And when you walk this aisle, and offer up your pledge, you’re declaring where your own life is centered. Which god you worship. May it be the One who redeemed you from slavery, all kinds of slavery, and gives you freedom, freedom to truly care for other people. May it be the One who gives you life.

The One Who Frees

The One Who Frees

To combat our despair, we tell a simple story – the story of a people who seemed destined for eternal degradation and yet emerged into freedom and a shared dream with God. A people who were slaves now suddenly forged a covenant with God to help build a world in which human dignity is real and the presence of God is manifest.

 

Who is God? The One who ‘lowers the haughty and raises the downtrodden.’ Who must we be? Compassionate souls who love and care for those who are driven low.There is no room for despair.  

(Rabbi Shai Held, “The Deepest Truth about God; How the Exodus teaches us about ethical passion.” https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/2000/01/the-deepest-truth-about-god.aspxiefnet.com, 2001.)

I AM Calling You

I AM Calling You

Our God works through us. And like it or not, that’s what your own call is all about. God working through your life, for the sake of the world. Because your own life is uniquely suited for something that no one else is. Not in spite of your faults and flaws, but even with them. Because God is with you, too. And God will teach you what you need to know. And God will not send you out alone.  

Is Praying "Doing" Anything?

Is Praying "Doing" Anything?

Prayer draws us near to God. It brings us into the reality that God is creating, this mysterious place of grace. It is powerful, because we are setting ourselves down – setting the world’s opinions and fights and self-absorbed values down – and entering into the world of God. We are being drawn into a reality not of our own making, but of God’s design. The measure of our prayer is how we live – as those who share our strength. As those who have been touched by God, and who carry that sacred, powerful, mysterious touch out into the world. 

God’s patient and purposeful love.

Words that Heal

Words that Heal

Because we know Fred Rogers was right: the inner life of others is deadly serious, and people are desperate to have someone else see it.

And we know what Evan Hansen says is true: we need each other, and we need to know we will be there for each other when things get dark. We need to know we are not alone in this world.  

And we know with all our hearts that the Book of James is right, because all of us have felt the power of words that have made us feel loved and alive, and words that have cut us to shreds. And we have a choice of what we will do with our own words.