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The unexpected will happen – sermon from Dec. 10, 2017

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In worship today we heard the story from the Prophet about God who will provide comfort in the midst of our battles. God is there with us and is strong enough to defeat our foes at the same time God is able to comfort the least in creation. We looked at how the good news […]

Abandoning our sin – Sermon from Dec. 3, 2017

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In worship we heard from Jesus: “Beware, keep alert! …for God is coming… keep awake.” That view was placed against or alongside the words of Isaiah. Not the words of comfort we remember from Isaiah, but the words of lament and accusation – calling on God to come down… to not forget us… to not […]

Seeing God in others – Sermon for Nov. 26, 2017

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As we closed our liturgical year today we heard stories of God’s direct interaction with humanity, as a shepherd gathering and guiding us through the wilds of our life. God doesn’t simply set us free without hope, rather God’s promise is to be with us forever – all we have to do is look, respond, […]

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 […]