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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

Quakes & Tornadoes, Virus & Famine, and Sunshine & Storms

Across the waters,the restless breath blew.And God began to create. Beneath the stars,the earth was filled with quakes & tornadoes, virus & famine, and sunshine & storms.And the people struggled to survive. God loved the ones, created from the dust and God’s

Posted in Call to Worship, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Genesis, Genesis 1, Genesis 1-2, Genesis 1-2:1, Mark 13, Mark 13:1-8, 24-37, narrative lectionary, New Testament, Old Testament

We Hear Your Words

We hear your words.And twist them around. We hear your words.And sometimes use them to justify deviousness, to manipulate, to promote our own self-interest, and to harm others. We hear your words.Help us to hear and understand your words. Remind

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Mark, Mark 12, Mark 12:1-17, narrative lectionary, New Testament

That We Hear AND Listen

Jesus tells the disciples for a third time what is to come:The Human One will be handed over…They will ridicule him, spit on him, torture him, and kill him. After three days, he will rise up.” (Mark 10:33–34 CEB) And

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Lent, Lent 2, Mark, Mark 10, Mark 10: 35-45, Mark 10:29-45, Mark 10:32-52, narrative lectionary, New Testament

Easy to Say; Hard to Do

Prayer of Confession We confess it is easy to claim to follow you and much harder to act on it. Forgive us when we forget that Jesus showed us the way. Remind us that though it is hard, you make

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Lent, Lent 1, Mark, Mark 10, Mark 10: 17-31, narrative lectionary, New Testament
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