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Lent Sermon Series: Again and Again… We are Shown the Way John 2:13-22, NRSV Reflections The church member sins during the workweek, either by doing what is wrong or by failing to do what is right. Then on Sunday morning, this same individual, perhaps convinced of [their] personal righteousness, heartily sings the hymns, happily shakes […]

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Lent Sermon Series: Again and Again: We Take Up Our Cross Mark 8:28-38, NRSV Reflections And so long as you haven’t experienced this: to die and so to grow, you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth. — Goethe, The Holy Longing In any life situation, confronted by an outer threat or opportunity, […]

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Lent Sermon Series: Again and Again, God Meets Us Matthew 4:1-11, NRSV Reflections But that’s one way we can identify the devil’s voice: It always plays to our fears. It is the voice that tells us we must do something to prove who we are, to prove that we’re worthy, to prove that we are […]

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The Way of Love: Listens Mark 9:2-9, NRSV Reflections Jesus is the true and living Word of God. Jesus is what the Law and Prophets point toward and bow to. Jesus is what the Old Testament was trying to say, but could never fully articulate. Jesus is the perfect Word of God in the form […]

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Sick and tired of a different kind of virus Mark 1:29-34a, NRSV Reflections Jesus demonstrates that he doesn’t care about gender, or purity, or class or social status. He and Simon’s household participate in radically inclusive hospitality and care in their healing ministry, the door is open and anyone is welcome to join and yet…. […]

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The Way of Love: Liberates Mark 1:21-28, NRSV Reflections If Jesus Christ is truly creator (as divine Word) and redeemer (as Word Incarnate) then what is created out of love is ultimately redeemed by love. — Ilia Delio, Christ in Evolution Main point of this passage is not about the demons, but on Jesus’ power […]

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The Way of Love: Time Mark 1:14-20, NRSV Reflections Lord of time fulfilled, who was not born an angel but walked the common earth: with those you called by the lakeside may we share your mission to bring good news to all, to let the world know that God is among us; through Jesus Christ, […]

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The Way of Love: Follows Psalm 139:1-6, NRSV John 1:35-51, NRSV Reflections What would happen if we left our comfortable vantage points, and dared to believe that just maybe, we have been limited and hasty in our original certainties about each other, about God, and about the world? To “come and see” is to approach […]

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The Way of Love… Receives Mark 1:4-11, NRSV Reflections As we enter the season of Epiphany, new questions arise: Will we allow the light that has broken forth to illuminate the darkest corners of our hearts, our families, and our lives? Can we—will we—follow Jesus as he untwists the mangled metal of our shattered souls […]

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Dark Winter Hope Matthew 2:1-12, NRSV Reflections Hope is a song in a weary throat. Give me a song of hope And a world where I can sing it. Give me a song of faith And a people to believe in it. Give me a song of kindliness And a country where I can live […]

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