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Joining the Mission of Christ

The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus at his baptism, “This is my son in whom I am delighted.” After this, Jesus went into the wilderness where he was tempted by power, by earthly pleasures, and by the Devil.   Returning

Posted in Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 4, Luke 4:14-19, Luke 4:14-30, New Testament

Following the One in Whom God Delights

John the Baptist calls out, “Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight.”But how do we prepare for the Christ? Don’t cheat. Don’t harass others. Share what you have. Don’t rely upon the ancestors to cover up your

Posted in Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 42, Isaiah 42:1, Luke, Luke 3, Luke 3:1-22, narrative lectionary, New Testament, Old Testament

Grow & Follow, Follow & Grow

Jesus was actively engaged in Temple life. He asked questions, challenging ideas, and listened to the rabbis.He wanted to learn and grow. Faith is about questions and doubts. It is about listening to those who have studied and experienced beyond

Posted in Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 2:41-52, New Testament

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

A Falling Out

Paul and the Corinthians had a falling out. It’s not gone well. Paul is as human as any of us.We are molded by the same Creator. Conflict. Hurt. Polarization. Rejection. These are the ways of humanity. There is always a way forward.

Posted in 2 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians 2, 2 Corinthians 2:1-10, 2 Corinthians 2:1-11, Call to Worship, Invocation, New Testament

Ours is a faith

Ours is a faith focused on love.The one we call God isthe very definition of love. Ours is a faith of spiritual growth.The one we call God isan ever-creating, ever-evolving breath of love.  Ours is a faith of action. The one

Posted in 1 Corinthians, 1 Corinthians 13, Call to Worship, New Testament

Lead Us and Give Us Patience

Come, Holy Spirit. Empower us. Show us the way. Lead us out of this time of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear. Be with us as we worship. Move us to patience. Move us forward in our sense of call as followers

Posted in Acts, Acts 1, Acts 1:1-14, Invocation, narrative lectionary, New Testament

Waiting to Be Empowered

After the drama, we wait.We wait in a time of uncertainty. Is this the time when the vaccination for the coronavirus will come?Wait, the scientists are working.  When is the time when we can get back to normal?Wait, it will

Posted in Acts, Acts 1, Acts 1:1-14, Call to Worship, narrative lectionary, New Testament

Christ is Risen!

It feels like a pre-celebration. Christ is Risen! It doesn’t feel right when we are apart. Christ is Risen! It feels like a meaningless ritual. Christ is Risen! It feels too soon. Our worries are great and we’re still sheltering in place.Christ is

Posted in Call to Worship, Easter, Mark, Mark 16, Mark 16:1-10, Mark 16:12-15, New Testament

Hope. Injustice. Compassion. The Promise Remains.

L: Their hope rose to a crescendo on that day.1: The people waved branches and cheered as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt.2: May we always place our hope in the One who is worthy of our trust. L:

Posted in Call to Worship, Mark, Mark 11, Mark 11:1-11, Mark 11:1-21, Mark 14, Mark 14:3-9, narrative lectionary, New Testament
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