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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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Despite Rain & Risk

Faithful, Mordecai reveals his trust in God. Rain continues falling, thunder threatens. Falling into despair he dons the sackcloth of grief. Thunderous evil persists, death will surely follow. Esther’s life at risk, she chooses the most loving action in “just

Posted in Call to Worship, Esther, Esther 4, Esther 4:1-17, Esther 4:14, Invocation, Lent, Lent 3, Old Testament

Come & Worship in Just Such a Time as This

Come and worship! How can we worship in “such a time as this”?  Yes, the world feels hopeless but come and worship! Why worship in “such a time as this”? Yes, human kindred don’t listen to one another. Friends worry

Posted in Call to Worship, Esther, Esther 2, Esther 2:5, Esther 2:5, 7-10, 16-17, 20-23, Esther 3, Esther 3:1-6, Lent, Lent 2, Old Testament, Seasons of the Church

Faith in “Just Such a Time As This”

https://beingtim.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/faith-in-just-such-a-time-as-this.m4a We were tough on media consumption  Never thought about keeping from Bible *** After deposing Vashti, Ahasuerus gets lonely. contestants go thru a demeaning pageant—even by ancient standards Mordecai cousin who raised Esther works in palace sees that Esther

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Embracing the Divine Within

*Call to Worship  & Invocation                                                       Her place was tenuous. She lacked power. Or,

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Nope. Not Steak.

https://beingtim.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/nope-not-steak.m4a Mitchell Point  Windy Cold Snow, sleet Crawled Later could handle Risk. This what passes for risk in my life It’s nothing compared to Queen Vashti’s risks *** Queen Vashti married to King Ahasuerus not a good guy some evidence

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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

Our Flawed Ideas

Words of Humble Confession We confess we sin    individually against others,        we confess we repeat our            mistakes,      even though we know better.  We allow our actions to make it

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We’ve Propped Ourselves Up

Words of Humble Confession  We confess we have propped ourselves up, letting pride claim special status for ourselves at the expense of our neighbors. You’ve told us that the vulnerable, those as powerless as children, are the greatest in your

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For Our Own Purposes

Words of Humble Confession We confess to you, O God, that we     too often claim to see the special      in others only to use it for our           own purposes.  We have

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