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There shall be a day – Sermon from Easter Sunday 2017

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Easter Sunday is a fabulous time to share with friends and family. After a long Lenten journey we celebrate the truth and promise offered by God in Jesus that there shall be a day that breaks; a day where we embrace the story and our part in God’s story. We will recognize that we will […]

We are Thomas – Sermon from Apr. 23, 2017

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Scripture today points us to God’s plan and God’s interaction with us in that plan. God doesn’t simply act in a vacuum but works humanity into the plan. But it’s not simply a fait accompli but a relationship that allows us to ask for clarification and insights so that we might really understand the complexity […]

Sermon from 2017 Community Good Friday Service – Oakland/Chuckatuck

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May God’s grace be with you on Good Friday. It was a special celebration among friends and neighbors at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church along with Oakland Christian United Church of Christ. The readings and music help set the tone for our reflection on the Passion of Jesus. This evening, we explored our discomfort with […]

The sense of the Passion – Sermon for Palm Sunday 2017

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The Passion reading from Matthew, almost two full chapters, provides a lot of material to draw our attention and to capture our thoughts as we ponder the Christ. Sometimes we pause with wonder and ask, “Why did Jesus have to die to save us?” The answer is complicated and the relationship cemented by that act […]

God’s order from human disorder – Sermon from Apr. 2, 2017

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There were many threads that could have been pulled today: Ezekiel and the valley of the dry bones; the Psalmist waiting for the Lord; Paul reminding us that in Christ we are alive; and Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Yet this morning, we were reminded in the collect that God brings order to our […]

Stories of change – sermon from Mar. 26, 2017

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In worship we looked at the changes in our lives and the change we are searching for in Lent. Between the story of the anointing of David in Samuel, to the evolving understanding of God by the psalmist in the 23rd Psalm, to the story of the man born blind having his sight restored by […]

Costly grace – Sermon for 3/19/2017

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We are at the midpoint for our Lenten journey, there are only 2 Sundays and Palm Sunday before Easter. Today’s gospel reading was a juxtaposition to last week’s: this week was the long story of the Samaritan woman at the well as counterpoint to the brief story of Niccodemus last week. The readings are often […]

What is missing…? Sermon for March 12, 2017

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In worship we heard the story of God’s call to Abram to go from Haran to the Promise Land. God promised to bless Abram; interesting because Abram, by most human standards, was blessed with family, things, and land. We also heard the pearl from John 3 and the interchange between Jesus and Niccodemus. Ultimately, Jesus […]

Sin & grace in Lent – sermon for March 5, 2017

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Our worship begins a reflective journey, touching the “old language” of Rite I; not because Rite II is especially more joyful but because the change makes us pay attention. Our lessons today begin by laying out the first sin of Adam and Eve – the knowledge of good and evil and how that leads to […]