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Pondering, Wondering; God is Moving Closer

Gabriel appears to Mary. A practical woman, she asks for more details. “How can this be?”And she ponders. God is moving closer. Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth for counsel. Elizabeth’s child leaps for joy in her womb.And we wonder. God

Posted in Advent, Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 1, New Testament

Jubilation will come.

The people were finally home.After generations in exile, they returned to their ancestral land. The joy that was anticipated was real,but it was also different to return home.Though they yearned for the way it was, the future is a place

Posted in Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 61, Isaiah 61:1-11, Old Testament

What if?

Though the earth is ravaged by pandemic and climate change…What if there is still reason to hope? Though the earth is ravaged by a people bent upon polarization and war…What if there is still a chance for peace? Though the

Posted in Advent, Advent Peace, Advent Series, Call to Worship, Joel, Joel 2:12-13, 28-29, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

Gathering in Hope

In a time when hope was veiled beneath laws prohibiting prayer…Daniel worshiped the God of extravagant love. In a time when the price of hope was to be thrown into a pit of hungry lions…Daniel worshiped the God of abundant

Posted in Daniel, Daniel 6, Daniel 6:6-26, Old Testament

Make Us Like Isaiah

We create images of you,placing you within the constraints of our humanity.But you are beyond our imaginings. You call upon us to be your people,pushing the limits of who we think we can be.But you know we can be so

Posted in Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 6, Isaiah 6, Isaiah 6:1-13, Old Testament

Before a Contentious Election

God of all peoples, We are filled with anxiety at the uncertainty. The shock and pain of the past inform our now. We yearn for peace, joy, hope, and compassion while worrying that power, greed, and disregard will carry the

Posted in Elections, Prayers

Not so unnatural

A scavenger delivers food to a man twice a day in the wilderness.It’s unnatural. In the middle of a famine, a jar of flour never decreases no matter how often used.It’s unlikely. A stranger heals a widow’s son with only

Posted in 1 Kings, 1 Kings 17, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Call to Worship, Old Testament

What if our job is to build a new post-pandemic church?

The Creator is worthy!God is worthy indeed! The cool breezes, grey and damp days, and blowing leaves remind us of the divinity that undergirds the world.The Creating One is worthy! In each generation a particular purpose and particular tasks become

Posted in 2 Samuel, 2 Samuel 7, 2 Samuel 7:1-17, Call to Worship, Old Testament

Our Authentic Purpose

Hannah yearned for purpose in a world in which women’s worth was only childbirth and nurturing children. Like Hannah, we live in a world which defines our worth by standards not all of us can meet. Like Hannah, we hurt

Posted in 1 Samuel, 1 Samuel 1, 1 Samuel 1:1-20, Call to Worship, Old Testament

A Benediction

Give us inner peace, a closeness with you.Give us clarity, to know what faces us.Give us heart, to love one another and you.Give us energy and focus, to do your work in this fragmented world.Amen.

Posted in Benediction
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