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Still our spirits

Here we are, Lord.Gathered in relationship,One with another. Each with gifts and perspectives of our own. Each with experiences and fears and hopes and baggage. Still our spirits in a world of noisiness,that we can perceive the Holy Spirit among us. Amen.

Posted in Call to Worship, New Testament, Romans, Romans 12

Called to Embrace Our Essence

In the pre-church they argued over whether you had to become a Jew first to follow Jesus.Human boundaries started springing up almost from day one.  Paul reminded them that rejecting their essence as a Jew or a Gentile was not

Posted in Call to Worship, Galatians, Galatians 1-2, Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21, narrative lectionary

Impassion Us With Desire to Include All Voices

In the early church a complaint arose as it does when human beings worship together.With the Holy Spirit’s guidance the people came to an agreement. Striving to be one people, they chose participation in God’s expanding love in the world.

Posted in Acts, Acts 6, Acts 6:1-7:2a, 44-60, Acts 7, Call to Worship, Invocation, New Testament

May We Do the Same

She wept as her only son’s body was being carried away.When he saw her, Jesus had compassion. He wept as he sat outside the hospital while his wife was inside dying of COVID-19.When he saw him, Jesus had compassion. She

Posted in Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 7, Luke 7:1-17, New Testament

Wiggle Room for Love

We create walls and rules around you and your expectations. In time, we find ourselves worshiping the walls and rules instead of you.Make our walls and rules porous so that we might have the wiggle room to love. Keep our

Posted in Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 6, Luke 6:1-16, narrative lectionary, New Testament

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
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