Mar
19
2010
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Holy Week and Easter with Kairos

The cross at EasterSaturday, March 27 and Palm Sunday, March 28 — Food drive at Boyer’s Market, Broad Street between 3rd and 4th Streets, 9 am to 1 pm both days. Collection of in-date canned and non-perishable food items, grocery store gift cards or cash to benefit the Quakertown Food Pantry, which provides emergency food to our neighbors experiencing food insecurity.

Palm Sunday — March 28 — 11 am. Meet at Boyer’s to process (with palms) to our outdoor service. Afterwards, help deliver collected food to the Pantry nearby.

Holy Thursday — April 1 — 7 pm — Home service with footwashing. For info/directions, call Bob at 267.702.4262.

Good Friday — April 2 — 7 pm — Home service / adoration of the cross. For info/directions, call Bob at 267.702.4262.

The Vigil of Easter — Saturday, April 3 — 7 pm — Our contemporary adaptation of this ancient service tells the story of God’s love for us and carries us from the cross to the empty tomb. Location TBA.

Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,Easter,gatherings,service |
Feb
18
2010
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Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose

This Sunday, Feb. 21, we’ll meet at Karthaus’ at 4 pm. Our worship/discussion will be on Tokbox at approx. 5:30 pm. We hope you’ll join us! Read on to see what we’ll be discussing to prepare for the conversation, and if you can’t be with us on Sunday leave your thoughts and comments on the blog so we can include them. Here’s a taste:

Penance as guilt is just what our monkey minds want.  The part of our brain stem that focuses on survival and preservation of the status quo often gets its way by imposing anxiety and fear, and guilt just piles on to its agenda.  But repentance — the ultimate aim of “doing penance” — is about taking action. The word literally means to “turn around,” to “head in a new (right) direction.”  Guilt, though, feeds on our insecurities and need to blame and, left unchecked, leads us to despair.  It is the root of thinking that we’re not good enough, that we can’t do anything to solve a larger problem that causes the guilt, and so leads to inaction — the exact opposite of repentance. 

Read on for more reflections and discussion questions. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: gatherings,lent,service,spirituality |
Feb
06
2010
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Imitating Christ’s humility

christhumilityTomorrow Kairos will gather at 4 pm at Barbette’s (Call or email Bob at 267-702-4262 for directions/info.)

Our focus will be “Imitating Christ’s humility,” drawing on Paul’s beautiful description of Jesus’ emptying himself for us, taking the form of a slave, in Philippians 2. We’ll look at how our response to Jesus’ kenosis (emptying) plays out on the global stage (as in aid to Haiti and Africa) and how we might express similar solidarity with the poor and marginalized.

Read on for more about the gathering.

(more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: gatherings,lent,spirituality |
Feb
04
2010
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Kairos Winter Retreat Feb. 28

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Join Kairos Community for a day of connecting with the Source.

Where: Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church Parish House 1426 Bridgeton Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy (Lat/long for GPS 40.561731, -75.114597)

When: Sunday, February 28 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Chronos, not Kairos time). Please plan on arriving early so we can get our coffee*, etc.  We would like to start promptly at 9 a.m.

Who: Interested adults and teens. Feel free to invite others or bring a friend.  This is an adult event. No child care will be provided.

Leader: Pat Herbst has been a spiritual director for many years and formerly was a pastoral assistant and educator at Assumption B.V.M. parish in Colesville, outside Bethlehem. She’s excellent!

Cost: Asking for donation of $25 per person to cover costs.

For more information contact Bob via email.

Jan
21
2010
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Gifts for the journey

This coming Sunday we’ll meet at 4 pm at Karthaus’.  We’re going to continue our discussion from last week of “Expedition Behavior” or gifts we have been given for our journey of faith.

Last week we talked about these key points:

  • Jesus’ rule of thumb: Do for others what you would have them do for you.
  • Jesus’ promise – this expedition with God requires energy and focus.
  • God gives different gifts to each of us, and then weaves us together in community to create a beautiful whole.
  • God’s gifts are not given as an all-or-nothing thing; we’re all called to embrace what we have, develop our strengths and overcome the hurdles.

Since we’re on an expedition together, we looked at the principles of “Expedition Behavior.” EB means being prepared, on time, organized, flexible and humble; seeing the humor in everything; exercising a tolerance for adversity, uncertainty and discomfort; and putting the needs of the group and others on the same level or above one’s own needs. It’s a tall order but while on expedition it has magical results. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: gatherings,spirituality |
Jan
19
2010
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Expedition behavior

Our gathering Jan. 17 started our conversation about the journey we take together as Christians in community:

12“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.

13-14“Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention. (Matt:7:12-14)

Here at the end of his “Sermon on the Mount” – or what Brian McLaren calls his Kingdom Manifesto – Jesus calls his disciples to a challenging journey. Following Jesus is not a show, not a switch we flip on and off, but a journey that we take for our entire lives, in our vigorous, attentive moments and in our weaker, more distracted moments as well.

The best part is that Jesus does not call us to prepare for and walk this journey alone. He’s given us each other to both offer our gifts and to help carry each other when we are not able to walk on our own. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: gatherings,spirituality |
Dec
05
2009
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Advent: sharing our blessings

blue candlesLast week we began our Advent journey by exploring the “good news” that Jesus came to proclaim, the prophecy of Isaiah that he brought to life in front of a hometown crowd:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

We saw that the people of Nazareth found Jesus’ “good news” – God’s favor for the poor, the blind, and the outsiders, not just for them – to be bad news. (Luke 4:14:30, http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=126423915)

We also started a benevolent project, using an Advent Giving Calendar that we distributed. This calendar asks us to look at what we have been blessed with and then respond with a small gift for those who are less fortunate. Together, we’re collecting the coins the calendar asks us to set aside, and after Christmas we will pool the resources and decide on a worthy cause to support.

You can download the calendar here: http://goodrichdesign.net/adventgivingcalendar.htm

Don’t worry if you didn’t start on the first day. Just jump in where you are. You can always catch up if you desire. Whatever you can do is a way to embody Christ’s message and “bring good news to the poor.”

Written by Bob Fisher in: advent,being church,gatherings,lent,service,spirituality |
Nov
22
2009
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Persistent faith

Luke 18:1-8

“Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.”

Last week’s Kairos explored this parable, in which Jesus calls the disciples to persistent prayer. In this story, Jesus tells of a widow denied justice by a judge. She keeps going back to him, petitioning for justice. Eventually this judge gives her what she asks for. Not because he respects God or wants to do justice, but essentially to get this woman off his back. Jesus caps the story by saying the God, who loves us more than the judge cares for the widow, will be even quicker to respond to our cries for justice.

As we discussed this, several of us admitted to being uncomfortable with badgering God for what we want. One of the group expressed it well: “If I’m resting in my faith that God is supporting me all the time, then continually asking for what I want seems to mock that trust.” Someone else pointed out that the widow is seeking “justice,” not her own advantage; perhaps that is an acceptable thing to ask for.

Another question came up: Does Jesus have a deeper meaning in telling us to “pray always and not lose heart”?  What could he be pointing to? The parable’s example of asking for justice, and our discussion about asking for our needs/wants, are focused on outward circumstances, looking for God’s intervention in our external world. What would it look like if we focused Jesus’ example on our internal reality? (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: being church,gatherings,spirituality,worship |
Jun
17
2009
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Balance: Gathering June 21

We’re at a time of year when patterns change. The balance of school schedules and the busy spring give way to summer’s thoughts of vacation and leisurely pace.

Balance is the topic of our kairos gathering this Sunday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. at United Friends School. This worship will feature fun and games, voices from the culture and choice, and an exploration of the elusive balance in our lives. Where do we find it? What do we do when we are out of balance? What do we need to add or subtract to be more balanced? You can ask your questions and share your experiences as we help each other find equilibrium including self, work, family and spirit.

Wear comfortable shoes and socks, and bring a goodie to share. Feel free to invite a friend or neighbor! We hope to see you Sunday! United Friends School is at 1018 W. Broad Street, Quakertown, PA 18951.

Questions? Comments? Call Bob at 267.377.7192.

Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,gatherings |
Dec
17
2008
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Christmas Eve \\ Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Celebrate Christ’s birth with us on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 5:30 p.m.

We’ll gather for worship at United Friends School, 1018 W. Broad St., Quakertown (18951).

Afterwards, we’ll go for a holiday dinner for all who are interested.

Written by Bob Fisher in: Christmas,gatherings |
Dec
15
2008
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Be still and know

Our Taize service last night was a wonderful time of waiting and contemplating the gift God gives us in Christ. We prayed. We sang beautiful music. We savored silence. We made room in the inns of our hearts. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: advent,gatherings,spirituality |
Nov
16
2008
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Dec. 14 \\ Taize worship

Advent — the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas — is often a hectic, non-stop time for many of us.  This year, with much uncertainty in the world, is likely to be even more stressful.

Join us for an evening of quiet, contemplative worship on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at United Friends School (1018 W. Broad Street, Quakertown, PA 18951)  We will focus on song, prayer and scripture after the manner of the Taize community, an ecumenical fellowship in France that draws people (including many young people) from around the world.

This will be a time to de-stress and focus on God, with simple prayer and readings and meditative chant. If you’re frantic from the holiday stress, or if the season leaves you blue or lonely, you may find a space for God to speak to you at this service.

An offering will be taken to benefit the Quakertown Food Pantry.

For information call Bob at 267.234.7262 or 267.377.7192 or email.

Download a flyer here: taize2008

Written by Bob Fisher in: advent,announcements,gatherings,spirituality |
Nov
16
2008
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Be prepared!

Nov. 16. 2008 \\ On Matthew 25:1-13

This text can seem a bit harsh. Five of the bridesmaids have to go off to find oil, and they’re locked out of the banquet? The bridegroom doesn’t know them?

Though there is a “Left Behind” sense to the text, it is not a threat for people who aren’t ready at the right time and in the right place. Instead, it is an invitation to live in a rhythm that connects with God so that we are always ready. And it is a warning that something is lost if we lost track of relationship with God — not our salvation, but the opportunity to live kingdom moments here and now. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: gatherings,spirituality |
Nov
07
2008
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Oct
20
2008
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Friday night gathering Oct. 24

Join us this Friday night for our pot-luck and discussion at 6:30 pm at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Rt. 313 and Quarry Rd., Dublin. It’s a true pot-luck: bring a dish and a beverage to share.

Written by Bob Fisher in: gatherings |
Oct
16
2008
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October 13, 2008 \\ On Matthew 22:1-14

What’s the most wonderful party or banquet you’ve ever been invited to?

When have you received an invitation to something you just really didn’t want to go to?

What’s the lamest excuse you’ve ever come up with to get out of going to an event you just did not want to go to? (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: gatherings,spirituality |
Oct
13
2008
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Come…All is prepared

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Join us this Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m. for our community worship. Note the new time: 10:30 a.m.!

Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,gatherings |
Sep
30
2008
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Service Sunday Oct. 5

his Service Sunday we have two opportunities for you. It’s one of the coolest things about our community that we want to go out and offer service rather than just hold services, so come on out and join the fun. We need several folks at each location.

9am-1pm @Boyer’s Market in Quakertown = Contact Suzanne to sign up to help collect food for Quakertown Food Pantry. (kid-friendly)

9:30am-1pm @Bucks County Housing Group in Doylestown = Contact Maria to sign up to assist clients, restock shelves, etc. (teens/adults)

Sunday mornings don’t work for you? How about getting involved in this new opportunity?

Manna on Main Street needs help preparing/serving meals for hungry clients! Can you help us prepare a meal? Could be during the week, on Saturday, or whenever it works for you…as long as it’s ready by Sunday afternoon. Or, come help us serve the needy from 4pm-7pm @Manna on Main Street in Lansdale. Contact Maria and to volunteer for meal preparation, donate $ to offset the cost of the meal, or sign up to serve. (kid-friendly)

Contact Maria ASAP about this so Manna can let clients know if we’ll be there (they’re not usually open on Sundays but will if we can help out.)

Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,gatherings,service |
Sep
29
2008
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The Kingdom of God is not what you think

Text: Luke 5:27-39 (MSG) (NRSV)

Friday night (9/26) we talked about how these three stories – the calling of Matthew (Levi), the confrontation with the Pharisees, and the teaching about old/new cloth and wineskins – are of a piece. Together they make a point about just how radical is the new kingdom Jesus is proclaiming. Read on and join in the discussion yourself. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: Bible,gatherings |
Sep
13
2008
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Sept. 12, 2008 \\ On Luke 5:27-39

These three stories – the calling of Matthew (Levi), the confrontation with the Pharisees, and the teaching about old/new cloth and wineskins – are of a piece. Together they make a point about how radical is the new kingdom Jesus is proclaiming. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: gatherings,spirituality |
Sep
11
2008
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Sept. 12: Wineskins new and old

No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old.  — Luke 5:37

Friday night we will meet at Fishers at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, worship and prayer. We’ll be looking at Jesus’ parable in Luke 5:33-39 (Link) about new and old garments, and new wine and old wineskins, to see what he might be saying about our lives today as Christians in a broken world.

Please remember to bring your food offerings for the food pantry. (Please make sure food items are in date.) A children’s activity will be provided.

For directions/info call 267.377.7192 or email.

Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,gatherings |
Sep
01
2008
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On vocation: More than just a job

At our gathering Friday night we talked about our labor — in our jobs and our callings as Christians. As another Labor Day passes, here are my notes from preparing for our discussion, some food for thought as we gear up for work and school this fall. Peace, Bob:

We tend to think of our calling in occupational terms.

We celebrate the gifts that God has given us and the ways we use them as parents and children, as neighbors and friends, as students and teachers and artists and techies.

Martin Luther affirmed that the work of our daily lives… of changing diapers and herding kids, of writing lesson plans and fixing computers and pushing papers and making copies… is all holy work.

But our true calling is more than what we do. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: gatherings,spirituality |
Aug
22
2008
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Who do they say we are?

When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”

He pressed them, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?”  (Matthew 16:13-15)

Jesus’ questions to the disciples are alive to us today in a world in which being a Christian is no longer “normal.” Who we are and what we do as followers of Jesus is often seen by the world very differently than we intend. We’ll explore what these questions mean for us and for the church today using some scenes from “Walk the Line,” the bio-pic about singer Johnny Cash.

We meet Friday, Aug. 22 @ 6:30 p.m. @ St. Luke Lutheran Church in Dublin (Rt. 313). We’ll be in the parlor, which is on the right as you come in the main entrance. We’ll start worship promptly at 7:30. It’s a pot-luck, and in addition to a main dish or side dish (dessert is covered) we need everyone to bring a beverage.

Please bring your offerings for the Quakertown Food Pantry — they are in serious need of food and/or funds to purchase food.

Written by Bob Fisher in: gatherings |
Aug
03
2008
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Weekly Meeting Summary; August 1, 2008

Matthew 13:54-58:
When Jesus finished telling these stories, he left there, returned to his hometown, and gave a lecture in the meetinghouse. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. “We had no idea he was this good!” they said. “How did he get so wise, get such ability?” But in the next breath they were cutting him down: “We’ve known him since he was a kid; he’s the carpenter’s son. We know his mother, Mary. We know his brothers James and Joseph, Simon and Judas. All his sisters live here. Who does he think he is?” They got their noses all out of joint.
But Jesus said, “A prophet is taken for granted in his hometown and his family.” He didn’t do many miracles there because of their hostile indifference.

Discussion topics included:

  • The call to witness – who will listen?
  • Why did Jesus not perform miracles to prove himself in his hometown?
  • What is prayer?
  • Does God answer prayers?
  • Are unanswered prayers a sign of ineffective praying?
  • Does God punish?
  • Does God directly effect human events?
  • Do you believe in miracles?
  • What are miracles?
Written by Pete in: gatherings |
Jul
13
2008
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Who Do You Say that I Am?

When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” He pressed them, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?”
Matthew 16:13

If you were in an elevator and needed to define your faith and your community in 30 seconds, what would you say?

Join us for our big worship on Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 3 p.m.
United Friends School
1018 W. Broad Street
Quakertown, PA 18951

Info: E mail Tom or Maria.

Written by Pete in: gatherings |

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