Obadiah (selected verses)

Posted on 21 Jun 2021
Holy (Dis)Comfort – Listening for God’s Word in the Minor Prophets Obadiah (selected verses) June 20, 2021 What does “going along to get along”, “what comes around goes around”, and the Golden Rule have to do with one another?   We turn this morning to Obadiah, whose name means “servant of
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Posted on 08 Jun 2021
Holy (Dis)Comfort: Listening for God’s Word in the Minor Prophets  “Joel” (selected verses) June 6, 2021   This morning, we continue our summer series on the Minor Prophets,    those twelve prophets in the Old Testament whose messages are not minor 
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Hosea – selected verses; Revelation 21:1-5

Posted on 01 Jun 2021
  Holy (Dis)Comfort: Listening for God’s Word in the Minor Prophets Hosea – selected verses; Revelation 21:1-5 May 30, 2021   New Testament – Revelation 21:1-5 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no
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The Forever Advocate

Posted on 25 May 2021
BEING TRANSFORMED “The Forever Advocate” John 15:26 – 16:15 (selected verses) May 23, 2021 ‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from
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The Power of Prayer

Posted on 18 May 2021
  The Power of Prayer Much of the power and meaning of this text is, for me, due to its location within the biblical narrative. This prayer of Jesus comes between the last supper and the crucifixion, between foot washing and betrayal. As we are aware, Jesus knew what would happen to him in
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The Good Shepherd for the Good of the Earth

Posted on 10 May 2021
BEING TRANSFORMED “The Good Shepherd for the Good of the Earth” Ezekial 34:1-6,11-16; John 10:11-18 April 25, 2021 – Earth Sunday   Ezekiel 34:1-6,11-16 The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to them—to the shepherds: Thus says
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Loving Friend

Posted on 10 May 2021
BEING TRANSFORMED “Loving Friend” Exodus 33:7-18; John 15:12-17 Mother’s Day and Confirmation Sunday – May 9, 2021   Exodus 33:7-18 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp; he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would
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So I Send You, Easter Sunday

Posted on 13 Apr 2021
BEING TRANSFORMED “So I Send You” – John 20:19-23 Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021   Our New Testament text for today is not always heard on Easter morning. This section of the Gospel of John is from the evening of the first day, the first Easter. The disciples were not yet raising their
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Committing Ourselves to Follow

Posted on 25 Mar 2021
BEING TRANSFORMED “Doing the Work:  Committing Ourselves to Follow” John 12:20-33 Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 21, 2021 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.   In our text for today, when two Greeks, two Gentiles, show up to see Jesus, they
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Doing the Work:  Coming to the Light

Posted on 19 Mar 2021
BEING TRANSFORMED “Doing the Work:  Coming to the Light” John 3:16-21 March 14, 2021   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all
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Listening for God’s Word

Posted on 02 Mar 2021
Listening for God’s Word           The word of the Lord from Isaiah 55 says that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and God’s ways are not our ways. I think we probably feel like we’ve got a handle on that without the word of the Lord from Isaiah
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Opening our Hearts and Minds

Posted on 22 Feb 2021
A Lenten Series on Doing the Work of BEING TRANSFORMED “Opening our Hearts and Minds” Psalm 25:1-10; Mark 1:9-16 February 21, 2021   Psalm 25:1-10 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not
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A Mountaintop Experience

Posted on 15 Feb 2021
  “A Mountaintop Experience” Mark 9:2-9 February 14, 2021 Mark 9:2-9 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could
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Praying Early in the Morning

Posted on 08 Feb 2021
  BEING TRANSFORMED “Praying Early in the Morning” Isaiah 40:28-31; Mark 1:29-39 February 7, 2021   Isaiah 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. The Lord does not faint or grow weary; God’s understanding
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What’s Next?

Posted on 02 Feb 2021
  What’s Next? (Follow up to Matthew 25 sermon series)            Keenan and I love the TV show The West Wing though it’s moved streaming services now and we won’t be able to see it anymore. The show follows the goings on in the west wing of the
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Eradicating Systemic Poverty

Posted on 25 Jan 2021
  BEING TRANSFORMED “Matthew 25 Emphasis – Eradicating Systemic Poverty”   Isaiah 58:6-13; I John 3:1-3,11-18 January 24, 2021   Isaiah 58:6-12 Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and
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Dismantling Systemic Racism

Posted on 19 Jan 2021
  BEING TRANSFORMED “Dismantling Systemic Racism” Colossian 3:1-15; Matthew 25:31-33, 41-46 January 17, 2021   Opening Sentences Let the peace of Jesus Christ rule in your hearts, a peace to which you have called  because you are an integral part of body of Christ, which is the
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Building Congregational Vitality

Posted on 11 Jan 2021
  BEING TRANSFORMED Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 25:31-36,40 “Building Congregational Vitality”   Friends, this has been a long and emotional week in the United States of America. Yesterday, I found myself unusually exhausted for no particular reason other than following the news cycles
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Growing in Wisdom and Divine Favor

Posted on 27 Dec 2020
BEING TRANSFORMED “Growing in Wisdom and Divine Favor” Luke 2:41-52 December 27, 2020   Before turning to God’s Word in Holy Scripture, let us turn to God in prayer… Gracious God, your Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.    Just as the experts in
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Home by Another Road

Posted on 21 Dec 2020
Home by Another Road At the beginning of each Advent season, there is a social media account that I follow with great delight. I don’t know who created it or who maintains it. It’s called Wandering Wisemen and it follows three magi playmobil figures along with their camel on their journey from
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Watching for John

Posted on 13 Dec 2020
  BEING TRANSFORMED Luke 1:5-25 – “Watching for John” December 13, 2020   Luke 1:5-25 In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both of them were
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Waiting with Joseph

Posted on 07 Dec 2020
BEING TRANSFORMED “Waiting with Joseph” Matthew 1:18-25 December 6, 2020   Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her
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Speaking Words of Wisdom: Let It Be

Posted on 29 Nov 2020
Speaking Words of Wisdom: Let It Be          When I graduated from seminary, it took a long time for me to receive a call to serve a church. Things didn’t go at all as I’d planned. Door after door closed and I wasn’t really sure what God was up to. I’d
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Being Transformed

Posted on 22 Nov 2020
“Being Transformed” Luke 19:1-10 Commitment Sunday – November 22, 2020   I am reminded on this Thanksgiving week, that Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.   This year will certainly different for most of our families, but we still plan to make the best of it,
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Blessed are the Peacemakers

Posted on 05 Nov 2020
BEING TRANSFORMED Proverbs 3:5-18; Philippians 4:4-9 “Blessed are the Peacemakers” November 8, 2020   This has been an historic week in our nation, an emotional roller coaster for many. We do not worship in a vacuum, but in the context of what is going on around us. This morning, at least
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Every Day’s a School Day

Posted on 02 Nov 2020
  BEING TRANSFORMED “Every Day’s a School Day” – Matthew 23:1-12 All Saints’ Sunday – November 1, 2020   Our Scripture text from the Gospel of Matthew resides in the context of Jesus being questioned. In order to pigeon-hole Jesus and seek to define to which party he belonged,
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Be Still and Know

Posted on 29 Oct 2020
  BEING TRANSFORMED  “Be Still and Know” – Psalm 46 Kirkin’ of the Tartan – October 25, 2020   Before I read our scripture for today, I want to share a story about an unexpected gift.   Back in August, a friend was on the way to the beach with her two teenagers.
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From Chaos to Commandments

Posted on 22 Oct 2020
BEING TRANSFORMED “From Chaos to Commandments” Exodus 20:1-17 October 4, 2020 The 10 Commandments are a gracious gift from God to bring order out of chaos and build community. Over the years, I have forgotten many things…. I have forgotten phone numbers. At one point, I probably had forty or
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Being Transformed

Posted on 22 Oct 2020
BEING TRANSFORMED “Jonah” – Jonah (selected verses) October 18, 2020 Special thanks to Jordan, Leah and Rosie for their part in the wonderful skit today, and many thanks to all the mid-highs and their leaders who are participating in leading worship! We are so glad that all of you are a part of
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Take Care That You Do Not Forget the Lord

Posted on 25 Sep 2020
  “Take care that you do not forget the Lord” Deut. 6:1-12 Matthew 22:32-40     It was back in 2009 when I was in Nicaragua with a group of North Carolina college campus ministries. I can still remember that dirt road that wound through the hills of the Nicaraguan countryside. I
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Take care that you do not forget the Lord

Posted on 25 Sep 2020
“Take care that you do not forget the Lord” Deut. 6:1-12 Matthew 22:32-40     It was back in 2009 when I was in Nicaragua with a group of North Carolina college campus ministries. I can still remember that dirt road that wound through the hills of the Nicaraguan countryside. I gazed
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God Heard their Cries

Posted on 25 Sep 2020
  BEING TRANSFORMED Exodus 2:23-3:10 – “God Heard their Cries” September 20, 2020   When we read ancient biblical narratives, we cannot help but do so in light of current events. Just this week, we have heard tragic news of horrific west coast fires, and seen images
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Wrestling with God

Posted on 11 Sep 2020
  BEING TRANSFORMED Genesis 32  – “Wrestling with God” September 13, 2020   I was on the wrestling team for one season during 8th grade. The season fell between football in the fall and soccer in the spring, so the timing worked out fairly well. My best friend and wrestling
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Surely the Lord Is in this Place

Posted on 03 Sep 2020
  BEING TRANSFORMED “Surely the Lord Is in this Place!” – Genesis 28:10-22 September 6, 2020   God of grace and mercy, open your Word to us by the power of your Holy Spirit so that we, like Jacob, may know that God is with us and for us, always, come what may, even
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Is Anything Too Wonderful for the Lord?

Posted on 27 Aug 2020
BEING TRANSFORMED – Genesis 18:1-2,9-15 “Is Anything Too Wonderful for the Lord?” August 30, 2020 Genesis 18:1-2,9-15 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre. As he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day, he looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he
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There’s A Better Way

Posted on 17 Aug 2020
There’s a Better Way As we continue in the book of James seeking practical wisdom for these extraordinary times, I just couldn’t bring myself to portion out any part of James chapter 4. It’s “only” 17 verses, which seems like a digestible enough bite of scripture. It’s a packed 17 verses,
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James 2

Posted on 24 Jul 2020
  PRACTICAL WISDOM FOR (EXTRA) ORDINARY TIME James 2:1-10, 14-17, 26 July 26, 2020   James 2:1-10, 14-17, 26 My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into
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Not Just Hearers

Posted on 17 Jul 2020
  PRACTICAL WISDOM FOR (EXTRA) ORDINARY TIME James 1:1-27–“Not Just Hearers” July 19, 2020     During this summer, we have explored Practical Wisdom for an Extra-ordinary Time. Over the past six weeks, we have delved into the Book of Proverbs and rediscovered ancient
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Choose to Cherish

Posted on 26 Jun 2020
  PRACTICAL WISDOM FOR (EXTRA) ORDINARY TIME “Choose to Cherish” Proverbs 5:1-14,21-23 June 28, 2020 For human ways are under the eyes of the Lord, and (God) examines all their paths.   Prayer for Illumination Holy God, illuminate your Word today, that it may not return empty, but
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Whose Insight?

Posted on 12 Jun 2020
  PRACTICAL WISDOM FOR (EXTRA) ORDINARY TIME “Whose Insight?” – Proverbs 3:1-18 June 14, 2020   Today, we continue our summer series on Practical Wisdom, Practical Wisdom for Extra-Ordinary Time. Before our scripture reading for today, I have invited the Rev. Dr. Phil Noble and his
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Whose Voice?

Posted on 04 Jun 2020
Practical Wisdom for (EXTRA)Ordinary Time “Whose Voice?” – Proverbs 1:1-9,20-23, 32-33 June 7, 2020   We begin today a summer series on “Practical Wisdom” from the Old Testament book of Proverbs and the New Testament letter of James. In this series, we seek to share “Practical Wisdom for
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The Spirit’s Gifts

Posted on 01 Jun 2020
“The Spirit’s Gifts” Acts 2 (selected verses) Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020   Have you heard that thousands of people are moving out of New York City and other large cities? I am sure that you are aware that countless persons have been working from home, and that many of them have been
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The Comfort of the Advocate

Posted on 26 May 2020
The Comfort of the Advocate (“The Good Voice Speaking Truth”)   Around 10 or 11 years ago, I was a seminary intern at First Presbyterian Church of Bartlesville, OK. I’d finished my seminary coursework and I’d moved to Oklahoma to a place I didn’t know to intern full time in a church. I
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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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