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Thursday, 20 November 2008
Kork Moyer's --- Believe It or NOT
Topic: Life In The Kingdom

I just visited juvenile court again this month.  I needed to put a friend (one of our single mothers), at ease while we drove to an uncomfortable appointment.


This is a true story that I told her, and unfortunately, it is normal for us. (Please don’t read this if you are faint of heart or prudish.)

  I told her;

The last time I was at Juvenile Court I thought that I was going to jail myself.


I was bringing another person to her son’s hearing.  I was just concerned for her and trying to comfort her, thinking and acting all spiritual, and zealously wanting to know the right “God words” for every question.  Such a giant for God...


We walked through the Court door (I’m not sure how my mind works, or what woke me up to a horrible fact), and must have visibly turned white as the blood drained from my head in horror.


You see, we held a church service at the Mental Health Association’s Peer Resource Center here in town.  On any given evening, we would have 2 to 20 people.  Often, Big John and I would sit there and twiddle our thumbs out of boredom.  We’d create games like counting down to when certain people would explode certain expletives while playing pool in the other room, and what each individual’s expletive of choice was; we’d guess at where convoluted discussions would go, that we would eves drop on... Stuff like that. It is those boring times, that rest you, for when the circus comes to town—if you know what I mean.


Folks began to come in that Thursday, and we knew it was time to get serious. It was a decent size group. We solved the mysteries of life and enjoyed spirited conversation, but Randy was wide-eyed and quiet—scary quiet!  I was reading, with my nose buried in my bible (unaware of the rest of the world), when a really big hand slams down on my bible in front of me, shocking me out of holy space.  It was Randy, and he screamed, “take this *%#@^&-ing thing away from me, It’s killing me!!”


Under his hand was his crack pipe.


We hugged and prayed.  The whole room joined us and we made some big promises to each other.  Incidentally, Randy’s openness and vulnerability led others to share terrible stuff too.  It was Christ. I told Randy that I’d dispose of the contraband later that night. The meeting ended, and I went home.


I used to be the house parent for a very difficult person. He is mentally retarded, with a narcissistic personality disorder (totally serious), and unbelievably addicted to rough gay porn.  I made a deal with him that I didn’t want to see it, as his landlord didn’t either, nor the other folks from his agency, nor the plumber, nor... you get the picture.  He had a huge amount, and also had this habit of leaving it out in the open, and the deal was what ever was left out when I showed up, I would confiscate and toss in the trash.  Earlier that day, that was the case.  Playing cards.  Right there for everyone and God to see.  I flipped them into my bag.


Here we are... Friday morning...  walking up to the Juvenile Court door...  Where I know there are metal detectors, and BAG SERCHES!!  You guessed it...  I slid the pipe into my man-bag with the porn cards!  I can only tell you that I broke into a sweat that made my shoes slosh, and I could see no way out as my blood pressure dropped!


Realizing my slight miscalculation, I pulled the officer aside.


 “Sir,” I said, “Do you believe in God?”


“Would you believe that I am a pastor?” 


His sincere look was worrying.  “Yes,” he said. 


“I’ve got a story for you.”


I can only believe that he hadn’t laughed in years and was making up for lost time. 

   (A note to all in ministry, always, always, always carry your Pastoral Credentials with you!!)  

I think my friend forgot her troubles temporarily, and I am the poster child for “Don’t let this happen to you!”

Posted by Pastor Kork at 12:52 PM EST
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Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Holiday Charity for the Well-Off
Topic: Life In The Kingdom


So often, we remove ourselves from people who might be a little different than us, even ignoring people who desperately need us all year long.  Then, around the holidays, we decide to engage those very same people, calling it humanitarianism, or charity, leaving us with warm holiday feelings.  I truly do love who we become each Christmas season.

But consider, how those who are on the receiving end of our charity, feel.  They don't regard themselves as anything special.  In fact it can be down-right embarrassing for them as we do "ministry" at them. Most of them only want to be equal.  There can be a real poverty of a different kind among those who are above the poverty line--those "Well-Off."

Our community wants to bless them with Christ's charity this holiday season, to "minister" to them with God's mercy, and comfort.

Please join us, the Homeless Community, those with less, & Still Waters Church in blessing those who are Comfortable this Christmas.

December 13 & 20, at 5:30 pm

Peace on earth,


Posted by Pastor Kork at 8:49 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 12 November 2008 9:10 PM EST
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Friday, 7 November 2008
This looks like it will be interesting...

Hitchens/Wilson sneak peak from LEVEL4 on Vimeo.

Posted by Pastor Kork at 6:03 PM EST
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Friday, 31 October 2008
More Thoughts from Fr. Richard Rohr
Topic: Life In The Kingdom

Jesus talks frequently about metanoia: turning around, or changing your mind.

I remember having problems with that myself. I thought, "What am I supposed to turn around?" I'm baptized, I'm confirmed, I've gone to the Eucharist, and I'm even ordained! How foolish. That's precisely the blindness Jesus is talking about.

People the most obedient to commandment and church formulas can very often be the hardest to convert. They've taken the symbol for the substance. They've taken the ritual for the reality. They've taken the means for the end and become inoculated from experience of the real thing.

Fr. Richard Rohr

Posted by Pastor Kork at 12:22 PM EDT
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Saturday, 4 October 2008
October 4, The Feast of Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be
consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are
born to Eternal Life.


Posted by Pastor Kork at 9:06 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 4 October 2008 9:10 AM EDT
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Thursday, 2 October 2008

Posted by Pastor Kork at 9:40 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Thoughts from Fr Richard Rohr
Topic: Life In The Kingdom

Those at the edge, ironically, always hold the secret for the conversion of every age and culture. They always hold the projected and denied parts of our soul.  Only as the People of God receive the stranger and the leper, those who don't play our game, do we discover not only the hidden and hated parts of our own souls, but the Lord Jesus himself.  In letting go, we make room for the Other. The Church is always converted when the outcasts are reinvited into the temple.

God speaks the true word of power, but we cannot believe it. We trust in our power, which we think will change the world, but what has it done?

Conservatives tend to mistrust powerlessness, while liberals tend to mistrust power. Jesus puts them both together in an utterly new way that satisfies neither group.  We have never had the courage to take the word of the Lord seriously. We are afraid of both gospel power and gospel powerlessness. We've experienced just enough Christianity, someone once said, to forever inoculate ourselves from wanting the real thing.

I am convinced that most of the saints were religious dropouts from societies that were going nowhere. Faith called them to drop out and believe in something else.  Jesus' announcement of the reign of God was telling us that culture as we've created it is on a track toward self-destruction and emptiness.  All we have to give up is the utterly false understanding that we have of ourselves from civil society. For some reason that liberation seems to be the most difficult thing in the world!

It's important to realize that Jesus' message was being given, at the same time, to those on the top of society and to those on the bottom.  To those on the top, he is always saying, "Come down. Give up your power, your righteousness, and your explanations. Jump off the tower." To those on the bottom-all the nobodies-he's always saying, "Come up! You've got faith. Go show yourself to the priests. You've got the power."

There's a gospel to the oppressors and a gospel to the oppressed, reversing both of their self-evaluations.

Shame and honor were, in fact, moral values in the culture Jesus lived in. In other words, retaliation was the rule of Jewish culture.  For Jesus to walk into the midst of that and to say, "Do not retaliate" is to subvert the whole honor/shame system. People who heard this would wonder, "How do I find my self-image, my identity?"

And all Jesus does is to point radically to God. Who you are in God is who you are. In that system there are no ups and downs, no dependence upon families and villages for self-esteem, upon wealth or good societal standing.

Jesus puts identity on a solid foundation: life in God and not in passing definitions of honor and shame.

Excerpts from Fr. Richard Rohr Spiral of Violence, Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, and  Sermon on the Mount

Posted by Pastor Kork at 8:46 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Listen to Taberncale Services
Now Playing: Still Waters Sunday Evening Tabernacle Service Messages
Topic: Taberncale Services


"Still Waters Sunday Evening Worship Services are called "Tabernacling." 
We meet Sundays at 5:30 pm at St John's Parish House, 75 East Main Street, Pottstown, PA 19465.

Posted by Pastor Kork at 8:45 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 16 September 2008 8:31 AM EDT
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Sunday, 14 September 2008
Tabernacle Service MP3 Downloads
Topic: Taberncale Services
Download Sunday, September 7th Tabernacle Message: Differences (mp3)

Posted by Pastor Kork at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 16 September 2008 8:28 AM EDT
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Thursday, 20 March 2008
A "New Command"
Topic: Life In The Kingdom

As we observe Holy Week, my thoughts are turned toward the ceremonies of commemoration that we engage this week.  From Good Friday through Easter, we will have observed home church services, interdenominational services, the church calendar, fasting, and so on...


Please, at this holy time of remembrance, let us consider that the institutions of rights not overshadow what these services mean.


Feasting, Communion, and Foot Washing Services are not an end in themselves, but a deliberate act of forcing us to reconsider the pattern of life that Jesus gives.  These reenactments of His "new commands" are to heighten our awareness of how life in the kingdom is to look.  If we simply "observe" these ordinances without walking the reality of them daily we miss the point.


Tonight, we will overlay the Stations of the Cross with Maundy Thursday into one Service, but our lives, each day, will reflect our love for God by loving people in the ways that He has "ordained."   


At the cross, everyone is equal.  If it was important to Jesus to reconcile us through terrible sacrifice, should not His followers endeavor to commune, eat with, and wash those who are suffering without Him.  Should we not, at least embody the same kind of love?


He "stands at the door and knocks" (that is the door of the Church)... Could it be that He does this in human form-in the form of the poor, the homeless, the unfortunate, the simple, the mentally ill, the incarcerated, and all the cultures we might not want to touch?


"If you have done it to the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto Me..." (Jesus)  Lets consider today.


Posted by Pastor Kork at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 21 March 2008 5:13 PM EDT
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