An Ever Expanding Embrace

Epiphany was just yesterday… it’s a period of 5 Sunday’s in our liturgical calendar that culminates with the transfiguration of the Lord… and all the while, in all these weeks, we are reminded that God’s reach expands way beyond those smelly shepherds who were scared witless to the incense carrying kings from the East. It’s expanding STILL!!

Reading- Matthew 2: 2-12

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For You

On this Christmas Eve enjoy the meaning of Christmas which was meant “For You”!

Reading: Luke 2:1-20

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Attending to the Word: Promise

This 4th Sunday in Advent hear about God’s Promise to you, “I Am With You”.

Reading: Luke 1:26-38

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Advent Conspiracy – “Attending to the Word: Preparation”

Do you believe in and support the Ordination of Women? This was an old question from days thankfully long past. Listen to an excerpt from Pastor Bob’s earlier days regarding the  messy and stinky stuff we carry with us every day. Maybe “we” need to be carried by God to prepare the way for the Lord.

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8

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Questions for review:

  • What gets in the way, what obstructs your ability to prepare a way for the Lord in your life?
  • What seems too high, too low, too crooked, too hard, too unclear in your journey of faith?
    Be very specific and honest.
  • Then, imagine, God carrying…you. And let him…and imagine God’s help with your radical landscape changes…your preparations. IMAGINE…

 

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Christian Preppers

We used to call them bomb shelters. Now they’re called luxury bunkers and they a billion-dollar business. One article touts them as Resorts for the Apocalypse. Today’s sermon will consider the call of Christians to not prep for the apocalypse by building or living in a bunker but by stepping out into the light and living as children of light with hope and confidence in service to others.

Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11  

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Choice between ancestor’s and Amorites

In verse 15, the two a’s are ancestor’s and Amorites! Either choice would be wrong! But there is another choice. What does choosing to serve the Lord look like in our stewardship? How will we honor God with our A-Game of giving?

Reading: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-28

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Say So!

This is a Psalm that demands a story!  When you’ve been redeemed, saved, helped:  Say So!  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.  So often though we err on the side of letting our actions speak louder than our words!  Again, this Psalm would suggest that there are times when our WORDS need to carry the day.  There is refrain in this that helps us with those words:  “Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love.”  Let’s try some words today!

Reading today is from Paslm 107.1-7 NRSV

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The Church Reformed

Variations on the Latin abound. They all point to the same reality: we as part of the reformed tradition, hold to the conviction that the church must continually re-examine itself in order to maintain purity of doctrine and practice. Martin Luther began what is known as The Great Reformation on Oct. 31, 1517. This year marks the 500th Anniversary of that moment when he’d had enough of the doctrine of and practice of ‘selling indulgences’ within the Catholic Church. On this Reformation Sunday we will reflect on this part of our history, but be reminded Free from their past, free from regret, free from fear, free from self-limitation, free from old hurts and mistakes.

Readings: Jeremiah 31.31-34  Romans 3:19-28   John 8:31-36

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Divided Loyalties

We are all too familiar with the disagreements related to the question of paying taxes in our day and time. Our US history is loaded with stories and situations related to disputes over taxes. Apparently, this is nothing new for folks in Jesus’ day either, as they had similar issues.
For Jesus-Followers, this attempt of the Pharisees to trap Jesus is nothing new. Who owns what? Jesus’ said: Give Caesar his stuff and give God God’s stuff…and he suggests Caesar’s stuff is nothing more than cold, hard cash. It has his mugshot on it. God has OUR mugshot on the palm of his hand! (see Isaiah 49.15-16.) We bear God’s image as the palm of God bears ours.

Reading: Matthew 22.15-22

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The Language of Lament

Have you ever had cries of help to God?  Maybe complaints or even a sense of abandonment?  Then this Sermon is for you.

 

Readings – Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

 

 

 

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