Monday, October 20, 2014

REFORMATION (Matthew 22:34-46)

REFORMATION  (Matthew 22:34-46)





I’VE BEEN READING ABOUT THE REFORMATION

THE MORNING STARS THAT PRECEDED IT

LIKE HUS AND WYCLIFFE

ABOUT NOBLES WHO KEPT A HOUSE PRIEST
WHO AFTER DALLYING WITH THEIR MISTRESS
WOULD CONFESS
 BE RIGHT AGAIN

ABOUT HOW MANY MOVEMENTS
BOTH WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
CALLED FOR ITS RETURN
TO EARLY POVERTY

SO THAT CHURCH LIFE
MIGHT MORE CLOSELY RESEMBLE  
PEOPLE’S LIFE

AND BE TAUGHT THEM IN A LANGUAGE
THEY COULD UNDERSTAND

BUT AFTER THE BREAK
ARE WE ANY BETTER

DO WE LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR
AS OURSELVES
IF HE IS DIFFERENT

IN FAITH
RACE
NATIONALITY

DO WE PREACH LOVE
 PRACTICE HATRED

IF CHRIST CAME
WOULD WE KILL HIM FOR BEING A JEW

AS WE KILLED SIX MILLION CHRISTS

AND THE CHURCH WAS SILENT

 MILLIONS OF AFRICANS
ARE DYING NOW
SO FEW CARE

WE’D RATHER INVADE A COUNTRY FOR OIL

BUT WHEN CHURCH AND STATE ARE JOINED
WE HAVE LUTHER BETRAYING THE PEASANTS

OR COUNSELING THE PRINCE
TO PRACTICE ADULTERY
QUIETLY

AND FINALLY
AGREEING TO DIVORCE

WHEN WE LOOK AT THE BROKEN LANDSCAPE
OF THE CHURCH

EACH ONE LOOKING AT THE SHATTERED SHARD
OF THE MIRROR

SAYING
THEIRS IS THE TRUE REFLECTION

HOW MANY FACES HAS THE TRUTH

BUT ALMOST FROM THE BEGINNING
WE’VE HAD DISSENSION

WE’VE HAD
PAUL VERSUS PETER
JEW VERSUS GENTILE
PURE VERSUS IMPURE FOOD

WOULD NOT A BETTER LITMUS TEST BE
NOT WHAT WE BELIEVE
BUT WHAT WE DO

DOES KNOWING THE HYPOSTATIC UNION
MAKE ONE HOLY
IS IT NOT BETTER
TO LIVE THE WORD


AND WHAT IS THAT WORD
WRITTEN ON OUR HEARTS

LOVE GOD
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
THE REST IS COMMENTARY

Saturday, October 18, 2014

LUTHER A PLAYLET

LUTHER - ISAIAH 55, 1-13



WHEN I WAS A LAD
WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY
WHEN I WAS A CHILD LIKE YOU
I HAD BEEN TAUGHT
I HAD BEEN TOTALLY TAUGHT
BY THE LEARNED PEOPLE OF THAT TIME
PRIESTS IN THE PULPIT
PARENTS IN THE HOME
TEACHERS IN THE SCHOOL
BY THE TIME I WAS A YOUNG MAN
I HAD BEEN TAUGHT
THAT GOD HATED SIN
 THEREFORE GOD HATED ME

I WAS AFRAID OF GOD
I WAS TRAPPED LIKE AN ANIMAL
TRAPPED IN A ROOM WITH MOVABLE WALLS
TRAPPED IN A ROOM WHOSE WALLS HAD VOICES

ONE WALL CRIED OUT
CAN YOU BE FREE FROM SIN

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
                      (LIKE A MOAN)
(congregation join the choir)



ANOTHER
IS THERE A DAY OF JUDGMENT
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS 
                                (LIKE A HISS)
(congregation join the choir)



ANOTHER
IS GOD INDIFFERENT TO SIN
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO    
                   (LIKE A MOAN)
(congregation join the choir)


ANOTHER
WILL YOU BE DAMMED FOR YOUR SINS
 YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS5      
                            (LIKE A HISS)
(congregation join the choir)

 OVER MY HEAD

LIKE THE SOUND OF THUNDER
WAS WHAT I WAS TOLD
WAS GOD'S VOICE
CRYING
VENGEANCE IS MINE
VENGEANCE IS MINE      
(BEATING ON TRASH CAN LID)

VENGEANCE IS MINE
VENGEANCE IS MINE      
(BEATING ON TRASH CAN LID)





THERE WAS NO ESCAPE
THE ROOM KEPT GETTING SMALLER
AND SMALLER
THE VOICES LOUDER AND LOUDER
THE THUNDER STRONGER AND STRONGER
TILL I CRIED OUT
GOD MY GOD
WHY DO YOU HAVE
SUCH AN ANGRY HATEFUL FACE     (LOUD BANG)

I FELL ON THE FLOOR
EXPECTING TO PLUNGE
INTO THE PIT OF HELL
AND NOTHING HAPPENED
THE EARTH DID NOT SWALLOW ME UP
RATHER IT PRESSED BACK
GOD'S LOVE PRESSED BACK
THEN I HEARD A SONG
 I HEARD IN THAT SONG
THE VOICES OF CHILDREN
THE VOICES OF CHILDREN
SINGING TO ME
TELLING ME WHY
THE EARTH HAD PRESSED BACK


SONG (TO BE SUNG SEVERAL TIMES)

(song to be supplied by frank vollmer)

MY THOUGHTS AND WORDS ARE NOT LIKE YOURS
NOT LIKE YOURS
NOT LIKE YOURS
MY THOUGHTS AND WORDS ARE NOT LIKE YOURS
I FORGIVE ALL SINS

I HAD MADE THE MISTAKE
OF TRYING TO CREATE GOD
IN MY IMAGE

I DID NOT REMEMBER
NOR HAD BEEN TAUGHT
THAT I WAS HIS CREATION
FRAIL AND IMPERFECT
BUT STILL LOVED BY HIM
AS A PARENT WILL ALWAYS LOVE A CHILD
NO MATTER HOW IMPERFECT

I HAVE LIVED MANY YEARS
SINCE THAT DAY
WHEN I FORGET THAT LESSON
THE WALL PRESS IN
WHEN I REMEMBER
THE WALLS RETREAT
NOT GONE COMPLETELY
FOR I AM NOT PERFECT
BUT THE SONG HELPS
WOULD YOU SING IT TO ME AGAIN


SONG                (TO BE SUNG SEVERAL TIMES)

MY THOUGHTS AND WORDS ARE NOT LIKE YOURS
NOT LIKE YOURS
NOT LIKE YOURS
MY THOUGHTS AND WORDS ARE NOT LIKE YOURS
I FORGIVE ALL SINS


Frank a vollmer

Saturday, October 11, 2014

MOMENTO MORI

MOMENTO MORI

I’VE HAD A BRIEF VISIT WITH DEATH
HE STOPS BY OCCASIONALLY
TO REMIND ME OF MY PLACE

LIKE A FRIEND
WHO WALKS BESIDE THE EMPEROR
AT HIS CORONATION
WHISPERING IN HIS EAR
REMEMBER YOU MUST DIE

HE IS NOT VORACIOUS
IN HIS GATHERING OF SOULS
HE IS NOT LIKE SATAN
GOING ABOUT
SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR


HIS AIM
IS TO REMIND YOU
THAT ALL THINGS MUST END

HE IS NOT RSPONSIBLE
FOR THE WAY WE DIE

SOME WEAR OUT
SOME UNTIMELY RIPPED FROM LIFE’S FABRIC

HE COMES
AS A COMFORTER
THOUGH NOT ALWAYS RECOGNIZED AS SUCH

HE PROMISES PEACE
AN END TO SUFFERING
 AN END TO THE MANY MISTAKES WE MAKE

BUT HIS MAIN TASK
IS TO REMIND US
WE LEAVE LIFE
EMPTY HANDED

FRANK A VOLLMER


I’VE HAD A BRIEF VISIT WITH DEATH
HE STOPS BY OCCASIONALLY
TO REMIND ME OF MY PLACE

LIKE A FRIEND
WHO WALKS BESIDE THE EMPEROR
AT HIS CORONATION
WHISPERING IN HIS EAR
REMEMBER YOU MUST DIE

HE IS NOT VORACIOUS
IN HIS GATHERING OF SOULS
HE IS NOT LIKE SATAN
GOING ABOUT
SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR


HIS AIM
IS TO REMIND YOU
THAT ALL THINGS MUST END

HE IS NOT RSPONSIBLE
FOR THE WAY WE DIE

SOME WEAR OUT
SOME UNTIMELY RIPPED FROM LIFE’S FABRIC

HE COMES
AS A COMFORTER
THOUGH NOT ALWAYS RECOGNIZED AS SUCH

HE PROMISES PEACE
AN END TO SUFFERING
 AN END TO THE MANY MISTAKES WE MAKE

BUT HIS MAIN TASK
IS TO REMIND US
WE LEAVE LIFE
EMPTY HANDED


FRANK A VOLLMER

Saturday, September 27, 2014

LET THE SUNSHINE IN (Matthew 21:33-46)

LET THE SUNSHINE IN

Matthew 21:33-46





IN JEWISH PHILOSOPHY
SINCE GOD IS THE CREATOR
ALL PROPERTY IS HIS
MAN ONLY LEASES IT

THE RULES OF PROPERTY
ARE SACRED
AN EXAMPLE

YOU OR YOUR NEIGHBOR
CANNOT BUILD A FENCE
THAT WOULD BLOCK THE OTHER’S LIGHT

NOR A CONSTRUCTION SO HIGH
THE SUN CANNOT REACH THE OTHER’S CROPS


OWNERSHIP
BY INDIVIDUAL
FAMILY
 TRIBE
OR NATION
WAS HELD UNDER STRICT RULES

IN THIS PARABLE OF THE EVIL TENANTS
JESUS STARTS OUT TELLING A NORMAL STORY
THEN STARTS TO TALK GIBBERISH
ABOUT EVIL TENANTS
PLOTTING TO STEAL THE PROPERTY
WITH THE OWNER STILL ALIVE

IT’S A FAVORITE TRICK OF JESUS
TALKING GIBBERISH TO PEOPLE WHO KNOW BETTER

LIKE A MUSTARD TREE IN A GARDEN
WHEN FARMERS KNOW IT GROWS IN THE WILD
AS A SHRUB

OR WHEN HE SAYS
THERE WAS A FARM OWNER
WHO PAID HIS HIRED HANDS A PENNY
NO MATTER HOW LONG THEY WORKED

YOU COULD HEAR THE DAY LABORERS SAY

YAH
RIGHT
I’D LIKE TO SEE THAT
IF IT HAPPENED
SOMETHING MUST BE FROZEN OVER

IF JESUS HAD TOLD THE STORY STRAIGHT OUT
THEY’D FORGET IT
BUT IF HE PUZZLED THEM
THEY’D REMEMBER
AND THINK

SINCE CREATION
MAN HAS WRESTLED GOD
FOR OWNERSHIP OF THE GARDEN

ALL OF US ARE GUILTY
BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE TALE
THE LEADERS ARE TRYING TO REPLACE GOD
WITH SOMEONE OR SOMETHING
IN THEIR OWN IMAGE

BUT IN THEIR OWN LAW
THEY CANNOT BLOCK THE SUN
IT WILL PREVAIL


FRANK A VOLLMER

Friday, September 19, 2014

TWO SONS (MATT 21:23-32)


The Story of Two Sons (MATT 21:23-32)

28 “Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.’
29 “The son answered, ‘I don’t want to.’ Later on he thought better of it and went.
30 “The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, ‘Sure, glad to.’ But he never went.




TWO SONS

ONE SON HAD REGRETS
A CHANGE OF HEART
I WILL NOT GO
BUT THEN THAT LITTLE VOICE
THAT GOD HAS PUT IN US
WORKS ON US
TELLS US TO BE FAIR

THE OTHER SON HAD STIFLED
HAD STIFLED THAT VOICE
HAD NO QUALMS
ABOUT SAYING YES I WILL
THEN DOING NOTHING
NO REMORSE

LIKE ALL OF US
SAYING OUR PRAYERS
PROMISING AMENDMENT
BUT NO DRIVE TO CHANGE

WE CONDEMN THE NEGATIVE SON
AT OUR OWN PERIL
HE’S JUST LIKE US

WE NEED TO LOOK
AT THE LANDSCAPE OF OUR LIVES
SEE THE GROOVES
HABIT HAS MADE
THE SAYING YES
DOING NO

WE NEED LIKE A PLOW IN SPRING
BREAK THE HABITS OF OUR LIVES
SO WHEN WE SAY YES
WE MEAN YES
AND ACT ACCORDINGLY


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

HEAR YE HEAR YE (EZEKIEL 33:10-11)

HEAR YE HEAR YE


EZEKIEL 33:10-11


THOSE WHO THINK GOD IS AN AVENGING SPIRIT
WHOSE MAIN TASK IS TRACKING FAULTS
FOR PUNISHMENT
SHOULD READ HIS BIO
WHERE HE IS RECORDED IN EZEKIEL
AS SAYING

10 “EZEKIEL, SPEAK TO ISRAEL. TELL THEM, ‘YOU’VE SAID, “OUR REBELLIONS AND SINS ARE WEIGHING US DOWN. WE’RE WASTING AWAY. HOW CAN WE GO ON LIVING?”’
11 “TELL THEM, ‘AS SURE AS I AM THE LIVING GOD, I TAKE NO PLEASURE FROM THE DEATH OF THE WICKED. I WANT THE WICKED TO CHANGE THEIR WAYS AND LIVE. TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND! REVERSE YOUR EVIL WAYS! WHY DIE, ISRAEL?’

WE DIE UNFORGIVEN
BECAUSE OF OUR PRIDE
PRIDE IN OUR OWN SELF SUFFICIENCY


WE HEAR THE THUNDER
OF YOUR WARNINGS
BUT HEED NOT THE LIGHTNING
OF ILLUMINATION

THE SHEER BRILLIANCE
IN WHICH THERE IS NO SHADOW

James 4:10.

10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up

NOT TROD YOU DOWN
IT’S NOT HIS WAY

Monday, September 8, 2014

MATHEW 18;15-19

Matthew 18:15-19New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
 

 
Reproving Another Who Sins
15 “If another member of the church[a]sins against you,[b] go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.[c] 16 But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.17 If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
 
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I THINK THE PROBLEM
STARTS WITH ME
WHEN WE USE A CHURCH CONDUCT MEMORANDUM
FOR SOLVING INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS
 
THE WORDS
IF THEY REFUSE TO LISTEN
EVEN TO THE CHURCH
TREAT THEM AS YOU WOULD A PAGAN
OR A TAX COLLECTOR
 
ARE HARDLY AN ECHO
OF CHRIST’S WORDS
FORGIVE YOUR BROTHER
SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN
WHICH TRANSLATES INNUMERABLE
 
TOO OFTEN THE CHURCH IS QUICK
TO BANISH
THE CHURCH IS WELL KNOWN
FOR WHAT IT HATES
SADLY NOT BALANCED
BY WHAT IT LOVES
 
THE CHURCH
HAS TREMENDOUS POWER
IT SHOULD USE IT
WITH GENTLENESS
AND WISDOM