Encouragement

Lessons and Carols

This Sunday, our service will be a Festival of Lessons and Carols.  The nine scriptures can be found here.  On Christmas Eve of 1918, the world had just gone through four years of World War I.  Nearly a generation of people were wiped out due to war and disease.  Unfortunately, the world was in the …

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“A Voice Cries Out”

For this Sunday, we will be in John 1:6-8, 19-28. John has no title.  John is not given the title “John the Baptist” or “John the Baptizer”.  He is simply John.  And John has one purpose:  To testify to the Light. In verse twenty, after being asked by the religious leaders if he was the …

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“The Good News Begins”

The scripture for this Second Sunday of Advent is Mark 1:1-8.   Mark is the oldest and shortest of the four Gospels.  The word “gospel” itself means “good news”.  And Mark begins this book with the words “[t]he beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, God’s Son…”. Compared to the other three Gospels, Mark …

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“Wilderness Food”

Our scripture for Sunday is Exodus 16:1-21.  The Hebrews are in their third month of the journey toward the Promised Land.  They are hungry and have suddenly forgotten God’s powerful acts that brought them from captivity to freedom.  Times are tough for them and already, people are ready to go back to slavery because they …

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“I AM”

This Sunday’s passage is Exodus 2:11-3:22. Moses is now an adult and he is fleeing for his life!  Pharaoh knows what he did.  So, he makes it to Midian and there he meets his future wife and he settles and they have a son. Pretty impressive. But, at the end of chapter two, more time …

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“God’s Own Image”

Our scripture for Sunday is Genesis 1:1-2:4a. Let’s take our assumptions about Genesis and set them aside for a moment.  For now, let’s look at Genesis through the eyes of the exile.  After King Solomon’s death, Israel was split into two kingdoms-Israel (North) and Judah (South).  Israel was conquered and taken into captivity first.  Hundreds …

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You Are God’s People

During the Season of Easter, we have been going through 1 Peter.  The Christian’s addressed in this letter are Gentile Christians who live in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.  Peter calls them “God’s chosen strangers living in the world of the diaspora”.  That is, these converts to Christianity have given up status in the …

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Hosanna!

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and our scripture is Matthew 21:1-11. Jesus comes into Jerusalem riding on not one but TWO animals!  A donkey and her colt. The disciples are in the processional and a crowd of people are throwing their clothes and palm branches on the road to pave the way for Jesus.  And …

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