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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 […]

Open My Eyes, Lord

Acts 9:1-20 Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he could see. I was 27 years old. I had recently come through a disastrous marriage, and was still recovering from the emotional trauma of it all when my ex-husband declared bankruptcy, leaving me on the hook with several of his creditors. I had […]

Light in Broken Places

Luke 24:1-12 Our theme during Lent this year was Broken Blessings. On the first week I asked everyone to write on a slip of colored paper something that had been a broken blessing in their lives—some area of brokenness or woundedness that had ultimately become something beautiful. The answers were heartbreaking and heartwarming: stories of […]

Palms for Peace

Luke 19:28-40 “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” This verse is not original to the gospels. The people are quoting Psalm 118. “Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! … Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” The followers who gathered around Jesus as […]

Breaking Open

Mark 14:3-9 We had an interesting lesson on this passage of scripture at our Leisurely Lectionary Bible study group on Thursday. (Well, I thought it was an interesting lesson. The rest of the group may have just humored me!) I found it fascinating because this story is told in all four gospels, though with significant […]

Breaking Free

Luke 13:10-17 The last two weeks I preached on the most familiar parables in the Bible. But this week’s story—though less familiar—is even more vivid in my mind. I can see this woman. I can see the top of her head as she walks along, bent over. I can imagine her view—nothing but dusty robes […]

Breaking Through

Luke 10:25-37 Last week we looked at the parable of the Prodigal Son, and today we look at the parable of the Good Samaritan—probably the two most well-known parables in the Bible. But in spite of its familiarity, scholars still disagree about some important elements of the story. First we have the lawyer. The lawyer, […]

Breaking Down

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 This story is one of the most famous parables in the Bible. Unfortunately, it has become known by an inaccurate—or at least incomplete—name. The Prodigal Son. The title was written in the margin by some helpful scribe a few hundred years after the gospel was written, and the name stuck. Some scholars […]

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