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Esther & Easter

Christ Is Risen! Christ Is Risen, Indeed! Nearly five-hundred years before Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, the exiled Jewish people looked for an earthly leader for their salvation from genocide. In grief & despair, the Jewish people yearned for a future

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A Prayer for Today

Sacred Wholeness: Inspire our hearts, feet, & hands to be your expansive love in the face of hostility and hatred and fear. Help us to retain your essence of compassion and favor for those on the margins. May we embrace

Posted in Esther, Esther 4, Esther 4:14, Esther 4:14-17, Luke, Luke 12, Luke 12:22, 25, 31, Mark 12, Mark 12:28-34, Mark 12:30-31, Micah, Micah 6, Micah 6:8, Special Times

So This is Christmas: A Christmas Eve Liturgy

Multimedia Prelude Music: Happy Xmas (War is Over), Jake Shimabukuro, Yo-Yo Ma Video: Snow_Loop, Work of the People Call to Worship And so this is Christmas! We gather again to mark the birth of the one who comes to turn the world upside

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Loving Faithfulness

Lighting the Advent Wreath/Call to Worship Young and unmarried she would became pregnant. Fear would be normal. Mary chose loving faithfulness. Old and married she had not become pregnant. Despair would have been normal. Elizabeth chose loving faithfulness. Both younger

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Messengers Before Us

Litany of Confession, Grace, & Journey to the Star-Child (Advent 4) Out of the distant past, the people petition creation and its angels: Praise God, all of you who are his messengers! Praise God, all of you who comprise his

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An Advent Invocation & Response

Invocation Scripture & Response Luke 1:1-4 CEB Many people have already applied themselves to the task of compiling an account of the events that have been fulfilled among us. They used what the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word

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God’s Broken Heart

Sacred Words: Hosea 11:1-9 and Luke 13:34 Current Events: This sermon was preached the week following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut. Note: This sermon is longer than typical.  God’s Broken Heart Jessica’s first steps Hosea Historical About 150

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Posted in After a Tragedy, Hosea, Hosea 11, Hosea 11:1-9, Luke, Luke 13:34, New Testament, Old Testament, Sermon, Special Times

You Monkeys, You!

When you owe the IRS ten dollars, assuming you’ve calculated correctly and file on time, you pay the IRS ten dollars. When you owe Rome ten dollars, a tax collector shows up at your door, demands ten dollars plus the

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Posted in Habakkuk, Habakkuk 1, Habakkuk 1:1-4, Habakkuk 2, Luke, Luke 19, Luke 19:1-10, New Testament, Old Testament, Sermon

In Your House

Forgiving One, We are here in your house, a building built to be used for your glory. We look around us and see, familiar faces. We look around us and see, empty pews. We yearn for the days of the

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Walking the Border

The sound of the car in the drive drifted through the front window, through the spotless living room, through the dining room, and into the kitchen where she was preparing light snacks. That was her cue. Judy washed her hands and carried

Posted in Luke, Luke 17, Luke 17:11-19, New Testament, Sermon
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