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Hope in the Face of Walls

Here the beginning of worship on 12/4/16: https://youtu.be/9YgCWolkICY Here is an audio of the sermon. Text is below.   Isaiah 9:2-6 This passage of scripture is familiar to many of us because of how it was immortalized in Handel’s Messiah. Those of us who have sung this piece can hardly even read the scripture in the […]

Out of the Closet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP9yvrBUxag&feature=youtu.be  (Watch the sermon here.) Isaiah 65:17-25 As most of you know, the Revised Common Lectionary is the three-year cycle of scriptures that many Protestant churches follow throughout the church year. To tell you the truth, some weeks I look at the suggested readings and think, “Really?! That’s the best you got this week?” This week […]

Still Writing

Jeremiah 31:31-34   I preached from the book of Jeremiah three weeks ago, and the context for this week’s passage is the same. But since I know that all of you weren’t here that day, and since I know that you don’t hang on my every word and commit it to memory, I’ll give you […]

Got privilege?

2 Kings 5:1-16 As I review this story, I would like for you to think of all the elements and levels of privilege on display in the character of Naaman. First, he was a man, in a culture where only men had power. And he wasn’t just any man—he was a military commander. And he […]

Where do we start?

2 Timothy 1:1-14 World Communion Sunday originated in a Presbyterian church in Pittsburgh in 1933. The celebration “was adopted as a denominational practice in the Presbyterian Church (US) in 1936. Churches in other denominations were invited to celebrate from the beginning, but it wasn’t until 1940 when the … predecessor body of the National Council […]

Prophets, Profits, & Promise

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 Before I read the text I need to explain the context or it won’t make any sense. For most of his ministry, Jeremiah has been the prophet of gloom and doom. He has pronounced God’s judgment upon the leaders of Judah. He has assured them that God will punish them for their […]

The Lost and the Rejoicing

Luke 15:1-10 I hate being lost. Not just dislike. I seriously hate being lost … which is a shame, because I do it rather frequently, or at least I did until smart phones came along. I am geographically impaired, directionally challenged—whatever you want to call it, you can turn me around twice and I’m lost. […]

I Was Glad

Psalm 122 This psalm is identified as a psalm of ascent. The Hebrew word translated as “ascent” can be a geographical term, describing terrain, or an architectural term meaning “step.” It is more likely, however, that this is a psalm of ascent because “In Hebrew idiom, going to the Jerusalem shrine always meant going up.” [1] […]

Say Yes — Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:11-20 The context of this passage is pretty straight forward. It is Moses’ last speech, given after the 40 years of wandering through the wilderness, and before the people enter the Promised Land. “The failures of the past lie behind them in the desert, and the challenges of a new future lie before them […]

Small Voices

1 Kings 19:1-4, 8-15   My son is four. There are many things he doesn’t understand. “Mama, just play with me a little hour!” He has no concept of time. “Mama, when I was fifteen, I couldn’t buckle my own car seat.” He doesn’t understand age. “Mama, when can we go to the jungle to […]

Bathsheba’s Lament

2 Samuel 11 – 12:7a Our scripture starts today with 2 Samuel 11, verse 1. In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. It happened, late […]

Founders’ Day Worship

Today’s worship service was special. We recognized our 50+ year members, and we installed four new elders. Then our choir surprised Shirley Curry, our Minister of Music, with an anthem that was commissioned in honor of her birthday. You can watch the whole service here or read the sermon, below. “Doing the Impossible” 1 Kings 17:8-16 […]

What greater works?

John 14:8-17, 25-27 For our scripture today I chose to go back to a text that was the gospel reading for Pentecost Sunday. We didn’t read it that day—in fact, we often don’t read it because the story of the Day of Pentecost in the Book of Acts is so compelling. But it is a […]

Just Wait

Acts 1:1-11 My favorite preacher and writer, Barbara Brown Taylor, says that going to church “is one of the most peculiar things twentieth-century human beings can do—to come together week after week with no intention of being useful or productive, but only … to declare things they cannot prove about a God they cannot see.” [1] […]

Over Your Shoulder

Click the arrow above to hear the scripture read. Acts 11:1-18 Click here to listen to the sermon. Toddlers often do not understand boundaries. They don’t understand that plastic bags and kabob skewers are not good toys, do not know why climbing into the dishwasher is not a recommended activity. They are not capable of […]

Gone Fishing

John 21:1-17 My maternal grandmother was a wonderful and difficult woman. She could be sweet and kind and loving. And she could be cantankerous, domineering, and demanding. I have several childhood memories of my mother in tears after my grandmother had raked her over the coals for this, that, or the other thing. It was […]

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