This past Sunday I had the pleasure of preaching; it was in a non-UU church so no one left when I read from the gospel. You will notice that I stop in the middle of reading the gospel lesson to underscore the difficulty of reading John. As I was reading the organist's hand slipped and hit an errant note. The note hit right when I read "for fear of the Jews" and reminded me that silence when reading John is not acceptable. A few months ago a rabbi friend of mine attended a Christian service which contained a lesson from John's gospel. The lesson had one of the damaging quotes towards "the Jews" and no one bothered to provide context or sought understanding. So every time I read from John I always hear my friend's remarks concerning John.
The sermon is a little different than others. Why? I found myself thinking on my feet more. Even though I had a text in front of me I veered away from it a few times.
Hope you enjoy.
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