The Peace of the Spirit

Posted on 20 Apr 2020
  The Gifts of Easter – The Peace of the Spirit Second Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2020 John 20:19-31   Over the coming weeks of Easter season, we will explore the Gifts of Easter. As outlined in biblical narratives, we will explore the gifts that Jesus gave to his first disciples.
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Hallelujah Anyway – Easter Sunday

Posted on 12 Apr 2020
“Hallelujah Anyway” Mark 16:1-8 Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 Before turning to hear God’s Word in Holy Scripture, let us turn to God in prayer. Let us pray… God of new life and new beginnings, meet us right where we are, enter the strangeness of these days, and grant us peace, once again,
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Hope in the Lord” – Third Sunday of COVID 19

Posted on 05 Apr 2020
“Hope in the Lord” – Third Sunday of COVID 19 Psalm 130, John 11 (selected verses) Fifth Sunday in Lent March 29, 2020   Friends, this is the fifth Sunday in Lent and the third Sunday of COVID 19. This is the third Sunday that we have not been able to gather together as we normally would
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A Reflection on Psalm 103 for the Second Sunday of Covid 19

Posted on 21 Mar 2020
  A Reflection on Psalm 103 for the Second Sunday of Covid 19 Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 22, 2020       Psalm 103:1-18 1  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—
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Engaging the Mind of Nicodemus

Posted on 10 Mar 2020
  “Engaging the Mind of Nicodemus” John 3:1-17 March 8, 2020   One of the most significant questions for the gospel of John is:  Who is Jesus? The second most significant question is:  What does the answer to that first question mean for my life? In our text for today, we
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Love Liberates

Posted on 03 Mar 2020
  Prayer of Illumination Matthew 4:1-11 Love Liberates Over the course of 19 dangerous journeys, she covered thousands of miles through woods and rivers with death and punishment breathing down her neck. In the recent movie Harriet, we see an enslaved woman named Araminta Ross make the
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What’s Next

Posted on 25 Feb 2020
  “What’s Next?” Jeremiah 29:4-7,11-14; Acts 16:6-10 Annual Report Sunday – February 23, 2020   Our Old Testament reading from the prophet Jeremiah speaks to the exiles of Jerusalem. The exiles have found themselves in Babylon, today’s Baghdad, a long way from home. Babylon, by
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Engaging the Hard Stuff

Posted on 21 Feb 2020
  Engaging the Hard Stuff February 16, 2020   Our text today is a challenging one. You may have questions about it. God’s Word to us is not always simple even when we would like for it to be. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are free to ask questions of the text. It’s ok to say,
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Engaging in Well-Being

Posted on 10 Feb 2020
“Engaging Well-being” Matthew 5:17-20; Psalm February 9, 2020 Psalm 112     Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments. Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are
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Engaging Fellowship

Posted on 03 Feb 2020
  “Engaging Fellowship” Matthew 5:1-16 February 2, 2020   Today, we hear the words of Jesus from the beginning of the famous Sermon on the Mount, when Jesus speaks of those who are “blessed”. The Old Testament view of being “blessed” was often linked with material prosperity, having
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Engaging Leadership

Posted on 27 Jan 2020
  “Engaging Leadership” Matthew 4:12-23 January 27, 2020   Matthew 4:12-23 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken
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Engaging Service

Posted on 21 Jan 2020
  Engaging Service {Read Isaiah 49:1-7}   This scripture passage seems like a bit of a doozy. For a bit of context, we’re in the second portion of the book of Isaiah. The Israelites have been exiled to Babylon. They want to go home, be reunited with those who’ve been scattered, and
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Engaging Welcome

Posted on 13 Jan 2020
  “Engaging Welcome” Baptism of the Lord Sunday, Matthew 3:13-17 January 12, 2020   In the context of human frailty and sinfulness, baptism and ordination affirm the worthy and dignity of each person, as well as the call to humble, selfless service. Today, we affirm the dignity and
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Engaging Worship

Posted on 06 Jan 2020
  “Engaging Worship” Matthew 2:1-12; January 5, 2020   In the church calendar, it is still Christmas! Today is the 11th day of the season of Christmas! Do you still have your tree up? Or is it long gone, off to be shredded for someone’s mulch? Tomorrow is Epiphany, the 12th and last
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The Gift of Presence

Posted on 02 Jan 2020
The Gift of Presence What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever been given? Can you think of one? A dear saint in the first church I served would ask that question any time folks were gathered together in the Christmas season. Pete is in his 90’s now and I’m sure he’s still asking that
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Love Can’t Wait

Posted on 23 Dec 2019
Love Can’t Wait Sunday, December 22, 2019 Prayer of Illumination: God meet us in the midst of your holy words today. Let them come alive for us, so that in hearing your word we might see the love of your son Jesus and in seeing, be moved to courageously follow your Word made flesh in the
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What Can’t Wait? Joy Can’t Wait

Posted on 17 Dec 2019
    “What Can’t Wait? Joy Can’t Wait” Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:46b-55 Third Sunday of Advent – Sunday, December 15, 2019     Our text for this third Sunday of Advent, Isaiah 35, speaks about the hope of return from exile. For a whole generation, the ransomed people of Israel
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What Can’t Wait? Peace Can’t Wait

Posted on 09 Dec 2019
“What Can’t Wait? Peace Can’t Wait” Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12 Second Sunday of Advent – December 8, 2019   Isaiah 11:1-10 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and
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What Can’t Wait? Hope Can’t Wait!

Posted on 03 Dec 2019
“What Can’t Wait? Hope Can’t Wait!” Luke 2:1-5; Romans 5:105 First Sunday of Advent, December 1, 2019   Isaiah 2:1-5 The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
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When All Seems Lost

Posted on 25 Nov 2019
When All Seems Lost Luke 23:33-43 It may seem strange to read this particular story at this time of the year. Doesn’t it make more sense to read it just before Easter? It does and we do. Today, though, is a special day on the church calendar. It is the Sunday before Advent begins which makes it
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Preparing Our Defense…Or Not

Posted on 21 Nov 2019
“Preparing Our Defense…Or Not” Luke 21:5-19 November 17, 2019   To our children who just received their Bibles – Did you know that in 1450 a man named Johann Gutenberg invented the movable-type printing press, and in 1455 he produced the first book ever  printed? Does anyone know what
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Engaging our Imaginations in the Generosity of God

Posted on 13 Nov 2019
Sermon Title: Engaging our Imaginations in the Generosity of God Based on Luke 10: 25-37 Delivered November 10, 2010: Middle School Youth Sunday and Commitment Sunday   Godly Play Good Samaritan Live Enactment Wording for scripture modified from Godly Play curriculum[1]  Today we will
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Responding to Jesus’ Invitation

Posted on 06 Nov 2019
“Responding to Jesus’ Invitation” Luke 19:1-10 All Saints’ Sunday – November 3, 2019   In first century Palestine, tax collectors were recruited by the Roman government to collect taxes from their neighboring villagers by whatever means they deemed necessary. The Romans did not care how
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Embracing Humilty

Posted on 29 Oct 2019
“Embracing Humility” Luke 18:9-14 October 27, 2019   The Pharisees are often misunderstood. Because of several rather pointed comments and parables told by Jesus, we often view them with suspicion. Most Pharisees, as scholars will tell us, were relatively good people. They lived righteous
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Nevertheless, She Persisted…and We Should, Too

Posted on 22 Oct 2019
Nevertheless, She Persisted…and We Should, Too {Read Luke 18:1-8} It’s not hard to imagine this parable of Jesus acted out. I can see a dramatic version. The widow on her knees, tears streaming down her face, begging the judge for justice, the judge stone faced in his refusal. I can see a
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Gratitude and Praise

Posted on 14 Oct 2019
“Gratitude and Praise” Luke 17:11-19 October 13, 2019   Luke 17:11-19 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on
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Hold Onto Sound Teaching

Posted on 07 Oct 2019
“Hold Onto Sound Teaching” II Timothy 1:1-14 World Communion Sunday – October 6, 2019   Paul an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, to Timothy my beloved child: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus,
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Agnes Scott Sunday

Posted on 27 Sep 2019
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 If you find yourself frowning or feel your brow furrowing in response to that reading, you’re probably not alone. Maybe you’re trying to remember the last time you came to church and heard a scripture reading that left you feeling this bummed out? We came here to worship and
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Is This Seat Taken?

Posted on 16 Sep 2019
“Is this seat taken?” What are those moments in life that make us feel deeply connected to one another? Those moments where you feel your life is so intertwined with others that the unity is palpable. Those moments when grace and joy are freely shared without giving a second thought. When I see
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Holy Ground: Going Against the Grain

Posted on 09 Sep 2019
Going Against the Grain Holy Ground September 8, 2019 Romans 12:9-21     We have a rich text before us. It is so rich, in fact, that I’m going to read it again. This time, though, I’m going to read the text from Eugene Peterson’s translation, The Message. I want this text to come
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Pliable in the Potter’s Hands

Posted on 09 Sep 2019
ENGAGE IN THE MISSION OF CHRIST “Pliable in the Potter’s Hands” Jeremiah 18:1-11 September 8, 2019     Introduction of a Minute for Mission – Professor Mark Douglas from Columbia Theological Seminary: In the Richards Center at Columbia Theological Seminary, hung high on the walls of
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Fearless Hospitality

Posted on 03 Sep 2019
Fearless Hospitality (Read Hebrews 13:1-8; 15-16) Yesterday for the first time I heard the legend of St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio. Some of you may be familiar with it but for those who are not, I will do my best to tell it as briefly as possible. There is a town in Italy called Gubbio
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With Gratitude, Reverence, and Awe

Posted on 27 Aug 2019
ENGAGE IN THE MISSION OF CHRIST “With Gratitude, Reverence, and Awe” – Hebrews 12:18-29 August 25, 2019 Last week, I asked for a volunteer to rebuild this structure made of many gears. My friend, Ron Johnson, had done a great job with the initial structure, but there were many gears that
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Faith as Gift and Task

Posted on 19 Aug 2019
ENGAGE IN THE MISSION OF CHRIST “Faith as Gift and Task” Hebrews 11:24-12:2   Our reading this morning comes from the letter to the Hebrews.  The original intention of the letter was to connect the story of first century Hebrew Christians who were struggling in faith to the long and
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Show Me Your Glory I Pray

Posted on 12 Aug 2019
Show Me Your Glory I Pray Let us pray.  Spirit of the living God fall afresh on us.  Spirit of the living God fall afresh on us.  Melt us.  Mold us.  Fill us. Use us.  Spirit of the living God fall afresh on us.  Amen.    Our Scripture reading this
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God Desires Sanctuary for All

Posted on 05 Aug 2019
Forging Covenant in the Wilderness:  Yahweh, Moses and the Stiff-Necked People “God Desires Sanctuary for All” Exodus 25-27 (selected verses) August 4, 2019   This may be the first and last sermon you may ever hear on these particular chapters of Exodus. These chapters of Exodus do
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God Organizes the Overwhelmed

Posted on 22 Jul 2019
Forging Covenant in the Wilderness:  Yahweh, Moses and the Stiff-Necked People “God Organizes the Overwhelmed” Exodus 18 July 21, 2019   Prayer for Illumination Holy God, by the power of your Spirit…illuminate your Word…on this your day… for these your people…through me your servant…
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This Isn’t What I Ordered

Posted on 15 Jul 2019
This Isn’t What I Ordered {Read Exodus 6:2-21} This isn’t what I ordered…I didn’t ever think I’d be a widow so young. This isn’t what I ordered…my child was supposed to be perfect and happy and healthy. This isn’t what I ordered…I thought this job would be ideal and I was
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God Provides a Way

Posted on 08 Jul 2019
Exodus 14:10-16 God Provides a Way   This summer we have been reading from the Old Testament book of Exodus. It’s the second book of the Bible and it tells the story of the people of Israel, their imperfect leader Moses and their enslavement in and departure from Egypt. Departure or exit
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God Delivers the Oppressed

Posted on 02 Jul 2019
Forging Covenant in the Wilderness:  YHWH, Moses, and the Stiff-Necked People God Delivers the Oppressed – Exodus 5-13 (selected verses) June 30, 2019   God delivered the oppressed slaves of Egypt. God still hears the cries of the oppressed and still works in the world through
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Forging Covenant in the Wilderness: YHWH, Moses, and the Stiff-Necked People

Posted on 24 Jun 2019
Forging Covenant in the Wilderness:  YHWH, Moses, and the Stiff-Necked People God Equips the Called – Exodus 3-4 (selected verses) June 23, 2019   This Sunday represents the second week of a summer series focusing on God’s wondrous works accomplished in concert with God’s endearing
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God Hears Those in Need

Posted on 17 Jun 2019
God Hears Those in Need (Forging Covenant in the Wilderness: YHWH, Moses, and the Stiff-necked People)   We’re going to be spending our summer with Moses. We’ll be reading from the book of Exodus which is the second book of the Old Testament. This morning we’ll read from Exodus 3 so we’ll
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Daily Devotion

Posted on 10 Jun 2019
“Daily Devotion” Acts 2:37-47 Pentecost Sunday, June 9, 2019     Birthdays are important, and how you celebrate them can be important. But what is really important is how you live your life the other 364 days of the year. Today, we celebrate the birthday of the Church, the Day of
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Disturbing the Peace

Posted on 03 Jun 2019
BELONGING in the World “Disturbing the Peace” – Acts 16:16-34 June 2, 2019 Acts 16:16-34   One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us,
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Guided by the Spirit

Posted on 28 May 2019
BELONGING IN THE WORLD “Guided by the Spirit” – Acts 16:6-15 May 25, 2019   Sometimes, God answers our prayers by closing one door and opening another. Oftentimes, the door that God opens sends us in an unexpected direction…   Paul, on his second missionary journey, had intended
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With No Distinction

Posted on 20 May 2019
BELONGING IN THE WORLD “With No Distinction” – Acts 11:1-18 May 19, 2019   I still get surprised when reading the Bible. I have been reading the Bible for my whole life, and still I find myself inspired and encouraged when I come across a passage that speaks directly to something I have
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Listen to Her Life

Posted on 13 May 2019
Acts 9:36-43 “Listen to Her life…”   Take a moment and create a mental image of a disciple… What do they look like? Sound like? Act like? If you’d rather doodle a drawing on your bulletin, please do. Now I want you to keep this image in your mind and perhaps add to it as we hear God’s word
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BELONGING IN THE WORLD “With Former Persecutors”

Posted on 06 May 2019
BELONGING IN THE WORLD “With Former Persecutors” Acts 9:1-20 May 5, 2019   The post-Easter story of Saul’s dramatic conversion can be explored from many different perspectives. Today, I would like for us to consider the story from the perspective of Ananias. Ananias was an early leader in
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Under God’s Authority

Posted on 02 May 2019
Before we turn to scripture, let us go to God in prayer. Prayer of Illumination God of all creation, open our eyes to see what you would have us to see and our ears to hear what you would have us to hear. Send us your spirit as we listen to what you are saying to us today. Help us to see
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“The Risen! (and Vanished?) Christ”

Posted on 22 Apr 2019
“The Risen! (and Vanished?) Christ” Luke 24:13-25 Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019   Luke 24:13-35 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were
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