Epiphany + 3 — Be Still My Soul

February 3, 2019 @ 7:48 pm

 

Hallelujah Bells at 9:00 AM on January 27th.  

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Epiphany - I heard the Bells

February 3, 2019 @ 7:46 pm

This is Hallelujah Bells on Epiphany Sunday -- I heard the Bells on Christmas Day.  

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Epiphany +4 - To Love as God Loves

February 3, 2019 @ 4:39 pm

The scripture is 1 Corinthians 12: 31b through the end of 13.  

Gift and Fruit of Love.  Paul has been driving to this point in his letter and lays out his theology of Love.  To love, in a mature way, as God loves.  

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Epiphany + 3 — Listening in Kindness

February 2, 2019 @ 11:18 am

Sermon is from 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a -- Listening in Kindness ... 

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Epiphany +2 — Listening Peacefully

February 2, 2019 @ 11:15 am

Gifts of the Spirit, Fruit of the Spirit, Gifts are what you have been given, fruits are what is made manifest by your connection to God.  Big ideas:  common good, community, trusting the Spirit for others to have gifts I don’t have.  GC2019 – Peace is a fruit.  Peace will (might?) come if we collectively take a deep, inspiring, breath.  

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Epiphany +1 — Our Anthem

February 2, 2019 @ 11:12 am

 

This is Prayer of the Children, our anthem on Epiphany 2.  

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Epiphany + 1 — Listening Gently

February 2, 2019 @ 11:11 am

Receiving the Holy Spirit – Gentleness

 Primary Text that I will read:  Luke 3:15-22 – Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove.

 Marilyn White and Claudine Haight reporting on the mission trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Marilyn during her report on the mission trip to San Juan will, in part, address the need for helpers in that kind of role to be respectfully gentle in relationships.  We don’t show up and say “this is what you must do” and when presented with road blocks and problems, keeping them informed as to what is going on conveys a gentleness of spirit that I think Paul is driving at in his Fruits in Galatians. 

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Epiphany — Listening Generously

February 2, 2019 @ 11:07 am

Ephesians 3: 1-13

Liturgical material for the service developed by Kerry Greenhill, Sacred Stones.  

1 Kings -- God Speaks in a Small Still Voice, and Galatians 5 -- fruits of the Spirit.  Today the fruit is generosity.  

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Advent 4, 2018 Waiting Expectantly

February 2, 2019 @ 10:55 am

The Magnificat:  Luke will be sung by the Choir and danced to by Kristen Breding. There was NO sermon.  

 

 

I am inclined to focus on the Mary/Elizabeth interaction but Children’s Time and a Prayer over Plates that focuses on both Luke passages (or either) is fine.  The latter portion of the Luke is called “the Magnificat” from the Latin.  Magnificat anima mea dominum.  My soul magnifies the Lord. 

Advent 3, Waiting in Joy!

February 2, 2019 @ 10:52 am

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 (English Standard Version)

From my newsletter article (click to read):  Our theme for Advent will be: Waiting patiently in hope, peace, joy and love.  Each week will focus on one of those four ideas.  We want to honor Advent I think part of how we honor the season is cherishing and embracing waiting.  The Isaiah above is a theme for all who want to move quickly.  ‘Renew your strength:  wait.’ 

This week, we are somehow, waiting patiently … in joy … This is Gaudete Sunday – which is a 25 cent Ecclesiastical Latin word meaning Rejoice. 

The sermon will be drawn from the Philippians 4: 4-7 – Rejoice. 

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