Tammy’s Reflections

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20th after Pentecost

by West Epping UCA

Exodus 33:12-23 How did you go with last week’s question: I wonder if there are deities or idols that led us to misrecognize God and one another?  Geoff, on Sunday, asked the question: What idols do we make?  What do we invest in, worship and give power to?  Is it our cars, houses, new piece […]

19th Sunday after Pentecost

by West Epping UCA

Exodus 32:1-14 Only last week we read the Ten Commandments or the Ten Best Ways to live and I ended my reflection with a question: I wonder if there are deities or idols that led us to misrecognize God and one another? Despite the fact that God told the Israelite people that they were to: […]

18th Sunday after Pentecost

by West Epping UCA

Exodus 20:1-20 You may have heard of Godly Play.  Some of you may have even experienced Godly Play stories such as Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd and the parable of the Good Shepherd which I told on Sunday 3rd May earlier this year. Godly Play was developed by the Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman. […]

Seasons of Creation Week 4

by West Epping UCA

Exodus 17:1-7 Despite the constant reminder that God was with them not only in the form of verbal promises, but visually and tangibly in the form of the pillar of cloud and fire which guided the Israelites they questioned God’s presence “Is the Lord among us or not?” (Exodus 17:7). Recently in speaking to people […]

Seasons of Creation Week 3

by West Epping UCA

Exodus 16:2-15 Despite almost being trapped with the Red (or Reed) Sea on one side of them and the approaching Egyptian army chariots advancing upon them on the other side, Moses and the people of Israel safely made it across the Sea.  You can have your memory refreshed by watching these clips from the Dreamworks’ […]

Seasons of Creation Week 2

by West Epping UCA

Exodus 14:19-31 Last week we had the story of the Passover.  The story that has shaped a people’s identity.  A story that tells of liberation from slavery to freedom.  A story that continues to be told and remembered today, a perpetual ordinance as God ordained (Exodus 12:17).  As Moses told them “when your children ask […]

Seasons of Creation

by West Epping UCA

Exodus Moses is one of the biblical characters that I identify with.  Are there particular biblical characters that you identify with? Although I identify with Moses there are lots of differences between me and Moses.  I wasn’t adopted, I didn’t grow up in a royal household and you will be please to know that I […]

13th Sunday after Pentecost

by West Epping UCA

Exodus 3:1-15 This week we continue the story of Moses with the famous story of Moses and the burning bush.  This story has been told in many ways over the years including the 1956 film The Ten Commandments produced, directed, and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille and staring Charlton Heston as Moses. For younger generations […]

12th Sunday after Pentecost

by West Epping UCA

Exodus 1:8- 2:10 People are meaning makers.  We all search for meaning in our lives and in the events that happen around us.  We are also storytellers.  All cultures have stories that they tell.  We tell stories as a way of fostering social cooperation, empathy and justice, and teaching social norms.  Storytelling is also a […]

11th Sunday after Pentecost

by West Epping UCA

Genesis 45:1-15 Trying to make sense of why bad things happen, why there is pain and suffering, are questions people have been asking since the beginning.  What is God’s role in all the bad stuff? Does God cause it?  Is it all part of some grand plan?  Or does God let bad things happen but […]