Sermons tagged with ‘Suffolk VA’

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Being present where you are – sermon from 10/13/19

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In worship today we continued our journey in the season of Pentecost. We heard Jesus’ parable about the 10 lepers and the 1 who returned to give thanks; an encouragement to give thanks no matter where we are in life’s journey and no matter where we feel associated with the “in” group. Paul reminded Timothy […]

How did we get here? – sermon from 10/6/19

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As we gathered for worship we offered prayers and reflections about our place in God’s kingdom at work in the world. Sometimes our scripture provides a picture that is obviously hopeful, and sometimes it doesn’t. We heard from the Lamentations about the loss of everything and the implied “how did we get here?” question. Our […]

Change leads to renewal by God – sermon from 9/29/19

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Our lessons today helped continue the discussion about change and asking ourselves where we go from here. We also heard about using the things we have, not to hoard but to serve God (the love of money is A root of many evils). Our Timothy passage reminds us that having a lot doesn’t always solve […]

Prayer leads change – sermon from 9/22/19

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Today we hear the diverse stories of scripture. Luke recounted Jesus’ story about the dishonest manager and his shrewd (yet underhanded) behavior and the commentary that we can’t squander the gifts given us by God. The letter to Timothy reminds us that we are supposed to offer our prayers for all people (including us) that […]

Without hope we have nothing – sermon from 9/15/19

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Ralph Waldo Emerson’s shared this thought (which I misquoted this morning) in ‘His Journals’: “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.” An important lesson for everyone… still. In worship we were greeted on the Sunday after Holy Cross day with a mixture of scripture […]

What do we trade for God? Sermon from 9/1/2019

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Today in worship we considered how we have had God’s love firmly intertwined in our hearts – with the idea that God’s love would shine through us and bring us and the world hope. The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that, by nature, we are supposed to be hospitable to strangers and care for […]

Telling about God in our story – sermon from 8/18/19

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We gathered to offer prayers for healing today, for those on our prayer list and for those who are in need of prayers. We affirmed today that God knows the needs of humanity before we ask and that God supplies according to our need. We heard some difficult readings today that tell parts of the […]

Doing right is better than being right – sermon from 8/11/19

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In worship we were challenged by Luke’s gospel and how we are invited to be ready (more appropriately – be alert for the change that is coming so we aren’t surprised) and to remember that God’s greatest joy is to lavish us with God’s blessing; not to punish humanity. The letter to the Hebrews reminds […]