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According to God’s Menu

At the Passover, the people gathered around the table with symbols of their liberation. The blood on the doorpost reminds them that God heard their cries and acted as protector and liberator. The unleavened bread marks the flight out of bondage.

Posted in Exodus, Exodus 12, Exodus 12:1-13, Exodus 13, Exodus 13:1-8, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

Learning in the Desert

God taught the people as they wandered in the desert.  Work hard,Be good stewards of the soil and produce.Plan now to set aside a significant portion of your labors and wealth for others. Rest regularly, Be good stewards of your body

Posted in Call to Worship, Exodus, Exodus 23, Exodus 23, Exodus 23:10-13, 19a, Old Testament

Enough.

We worry.  Enough.  Abundant  Bountiful Lavish Ample.  God provides enough for today,Yet we greedily collect, buy, and hoard. We fail to trust there is enough for all.  Enough Complete Worthy  Sufficient  Delightful Beloved.  God creates us. We are worthy and beloved.

Posted in Call to Worship, Exodus, Exodus 16, Exodus 16:1-3, Exodus 16:1-3, 13-26, Exodus 16:13-26, Old Testament

Get Going

The cries of injustice have reached God’s ears and heart. God says, “I see their oppression and suffering.” “We see it, too, God,” we respond. “Are you going to rescue them now?” And god responds, “So get going. I’m sending you

Posted in Call to Worship, Exodus, Exodus 3, Exodus 3:7-12, Exodus 4, Exodus 4:10-17, Old Testament

Obvious & Subtle

Prayer of Confession You appear to us in this way and that way. Sometimes you show up in our neighbors’ face and sometimes you’re as dramatic as a burning bush. Still we don’t see you. We are too focused elsewhere

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Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Exodus, Exodus 3, Exodus 3:1-15, Exodus 3:1-5, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

God of Enough.

The ads online, on TV, and everywhere we look shout: “Buy me! You deserve me! You’re only worthy with me!” Some days we shout back: Enough! And other days we let a theology and attitude of scarcity overtake us. On

Posted in Call to Worship, Exodus, Exodus 16, Exodus 16:1-18, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

Holy Vulnerability

This is holy ground. Remove your shoes, bare your soul. Simply “be” before your God. The vulnerability frightens us. We want to cover ourselves. We want to hide.  You are worthy. You are lovable and loved. You are capable and

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Posted in 3:1-15, Call to Worship, Exodus, Exodus 2:23-25; 3:10-15; 4:10-17, Exodus 3, narrative lectionary, Old Testament, Uncategorized

Maybe, It’s Not Our Job

David has reached the pinnacle of his career. Jerusalem has been restored to the Israelites. You’ll recall that Jerusalem is sacred ground for the Jewish people. Outside of Shiloh, God has been traveling around in a box: the ark. That

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Posted in 2 Samuel, 2 Samuel 7, 2 Samuel 7:1-17, Exodus, Exodus 25, Exodus 25:9-22, Exodus 9, Matthew 5, Matthew 5:5, New Testament, Old Testament, Sermon

Golden Calves, Distractions, & the Realm of God

*Call to Worship Out of the world of hardships, pains, hatred, and distractions…Come and worship! We come together at the base of the mountain awaiting a word of hope from God. But even here together we can get distracted by

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Posted in Call to Worship, Exodus, Exodus 32, Exodus 32:1-14, Old Testament, Uncategorized

Offering: Promises & Signs

Invitation There are many signs we claim for our faith but ultimately it is our active love that reveals who we worship. As the plate comes around commit to give of your whole selves. Give of your talents and material

Posted in Days of the Church, Exodus, Exodus 12:1-13, Exodus 13:1-8, Invitation to Offering, Lord's Table, Offering, Old Testament, Prayer of Dedication, World Communion Sunday
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