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Being ready to account to God – Sermon for November 19, 2017

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Today’s lectionary shared another of the parables that can remind us that, viewed through the human lens, God can appear to do crazy things; especially when dealing with humans. We heard the parable of the Talents and the rich person (landowner) that gives talents to his servants according to their ability. The landowner entrusted his […]

Hope comes through practice – sermon for Nov. 12, 2017

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Worth reflecting that our lessons from worship. A key theme of the readings today was hope based on God’s providence, in good times and in challenges. We are called to remember that God’s timing is not human’s timing (thankfully). We also heard about being prepared and having hope, often knowing we are moving forward with […]

Blessed are… Sermon for All Saints’ Sunday (11/5/17)

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“I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true…” We remember those who have recently gone before us who serve as a reminder today of the connection we have through the toils and blessing of life with all creation. In worship we looked at Jesus’ sermon on the mount and […]

Our past and our future are connected – Sermon for Oct. 29, 2017

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Our worship was informed by the story of Israel’s mediator – Moses as the people completed their wilderness journey. Moses and Israel had a confused relationship – Moses was loved and hated by Israel, Moses pushed back against God, and yet was identified as the best prophet who is without compare. Yet Moses’ story doesn’t […]

Live a life of balance – sermon for Oct. 22, 2017

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Jesus spoke to us through the story of the Temple tax and the question from the Pharisees and Herodians: is it legal to pay the tax to the emperor. Jesus affirms to those in his time that the life of the faithful is a balance of the obligation to God and the obligation to be […]

Where to from here? Sermon from Oct. 15, 2017

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A recurring theme as we dove into worship and the readings for today. “Where are we supposed to be going from here?” An age old question and one that can be perplexing. We want to respond to the right invitation from God but have difficulty, at times, hearing the invitation clearly. How often are we […]

Everything begins and ends with God – sermon from October 8, 2017

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We realized, in a way, that the difficulty of conflicting grading standards isn’t a newfound condition. Paul began by “bragging” that he had everything then came to realize that all he had was worse than trash when compared to real life in Jesus. Sometimes we do forget the promise made by God in relationship with […]

Good news is good news – Sermon from Oct. 1, 2017

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Paul continues to challenge us through the letter to the Philippians. We are told the good news, especially as Paul sees it, and the examples of God’s presence: love, compassion, community out of disunity, and sharing the burdens of life. But we also know that the good news is not sterile or something that exists […]

Default to love – Sermon for September 17, 2017

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In worship we heard stories of the flood, Paul’s direction to love and welcome without judgement, and Jesus’ command to “forgive 77 (or 70 x 7) times. We considered how our default relationship is one of love and not judgment, no matter how hard that would be for us. We were reminded of the simple […]