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Pentecost 14 September 15

We get lost. And yet, God searches for us. God stops at nothing to find us. God rejoices over us. In baptism, God finds us—for good. Claimed as Christ’s own, we are never so lost that we can’t be found. In holy communion, God finds us—for good. Called out of our wayward wandering and forgiven […]

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Pentecost 13 September 8

The words from Jesus today might make us squirm a bit, and we might prefer to gloss over them. Hate our family members? Hate life itself? Give up all our possessions? It all sounds so extreme. But then again, Jesus is not known to mince words or soften the edges of his speech to suit […]

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Pentecost 12 September 1

Today we hear the call to look beyond the familiar, to look around the edges of our known community and beyond our comfort zones. We are called to deliberately seek out the overlooked. We are called to look directly into the eyes that others avoid. Maybe that person is someone you would typically avoid because […]

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Pentecost 11 August 25

Some of us live with chronic pain or disability as part of our daily lives. All of us know that our bodies are vulnerable, subject to illness or injury. In today’s gospel, Jesus heals a woman who has lived with a disability for eighteen years. There are times when we wish for a miraculous healing, […]

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Pentecost 10 August 18

Jesus calls us into a kingdom unlike any of the kingdoms of this world. We are called to pursue justice for all people, to care for those on the margins, to seek God’s will before our own. Jesus’ message conflicts with our common cultural messages, which tell us to seek our own profit at others’ […]

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Pentecost 9, August 11

There are many things we do in life to be ready. Sometimes readiness anticipates something good happening, and sometimes it anticipates something bad. In today’s reading from Luke 12, Jesus compares the coming of the Son of Man to something positive—the expected arrival of the head of the household—and to something negative—a thief coming in […]

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Pentecost 8, August 4

The author of Ecclesiastes believes that hard work and wisdom should be fairly rewarded, but notes that reality often turns out differently. Colossians tells us “…get rid of all such things, anger, wrath, malice, slander and abusive language fro your mother. Do not lie to one another seeing that you have …clothed yourselves with the […]

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Pentecost 7, July 28

God’s Kingdom Come In today’s gospel, Jesus’ disciples ask him to teach them how to pray. Jesus responds with the words of the Lord’s Prayer….We pray for the restoration of right relationship and wholeness in our connection to God, ourselves, and one another. We celebrate God’s kingdom as we gather around the wine and bread. […]

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Pentecost 6, July 21

Jesus’ encounter with Mary and Martha in today’s gospel is sometimes used to justify a meditative, intellectual life (represented by Mary) over a life of active service (represented by Martha). But earlier in Luke’s gospel, Jesus is clear that his family consists of “those who hear the word of God and do it” (Luke 8:21). […]

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Pentecost 5, July 14

The Parable of the Good Samaritan – Practicing Mercy In what ways is our worship an opportunity to practice for a life of service, offering mercy to those who are suffering? We draw near to one another: we sit shoulder to shoulder with people who might be very different from us. We see each other: […]

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