Courage Archive

Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Six — Peter makes himself vulnerable

January 24, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

 

This is from Psalm 90 and Luke 5.  

Emily Flemming and I are trying a little different approach.  We are going to read the other's scripture before the sermon with a teaching moment.  

This reflection is more from the Luke than the Psalm, but it gets to both.  I have been talking a little about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) of Jesus and how he has done, and offer Peter up here as a good example of how he has made himself open to the idea of possible change, and from that, a new vocation.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Five — Human Relations Sunday - Jesus preaches a Confrontational Sermon

January 15, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

We come back to the Luke 4 14-30 Passage a second time and build off of the where we were in Advent.  That sermon offered that Jesus knew who he was ... here he is inviting the congregation to expand the scope.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Four — Epiphany Sunday - John the Baptist

January 9, 2017 @ 6:33 pm

The reader on the Scripture Passages is Leigh Anne Duff -- and the scripture is Luke 3: 1-22.  Three ideas about how God works through John the Baptist that speaks to us in our particular now.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Three — 1st Sunday of Christmas - Simeon and Anna

January 1, 2017 @ 4:54 pm

A little riff here on the idea of "New Year's Resolutions" and play with that.  This is Luke 2: 21-36 (or so).  Simeon and Anna -- their resolve.  

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Narrative Lectionary — Week Thirteen — Advent 3: Isaiah 61 (and 59) meet Jesus in Nazareth

December 12, 2016 @ 2:36 pm

 

Advent 3 -- and we start to bend the arc of the biblical narrative towards Jesus through the eyes of Luke.  This is Jesus first sermon and it will get him in trouble.  He looks to Isaiah 61 (and 59) to find his voice.  

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Narrative Lectionary — Old Testament Week Twelve — Joel and Advent 2

December 4, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

 

Joel 2 with two separate passages.  This was keyed quite a bit from the anthem Lost in the Night.  The hymn is a plaintive call to Jesus to hurry and come again, soon.  

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Narrative Lectionary — Old Testament Week Eleven — Daniel and Advent 1

November 27, 2016 @ 4:08 pm

 

Pastor Emily continues our "romp" through the Hebrew Bible with an Advent look at Daniel.  She reads from Daniel 6 but the reflection is more than Daniel 6 ... 

The podcast starts with the statement of the theme which draws from Elijah and 1 Kings where Yahweh does not speak in the earthquake or the wind or ... but rather ... in a small, still voice.  

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Narrative Lectionary — Old Testament Week Nine — Isaiah, Simon Peter and the Election

November 13, 2016 @ 6:38 pm

 

I am not sure what exactly to call this sermon -- is it Listen to the Pain?  This may be as political as I ever get on any one sermon.  

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Narrative Lectionary — Old Testament Week Seven — Elijah and the Widow

October 31, 2016 @ 10:58 am

We are introduced this week to Elijah.  We see here Elijah in his apprenticeship as a prophet.  But it is an important time, an important moment.  This is from 1 Kings 17 with a touch of the end of 1 Kings 16 thrown in to help us get the idea of what is going on.  Two big ideas:  (1) Yahweh is a God of Life and (2) Yahweh's words matter. 

This particular sermon is from the 9:00 Service.   

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Narrative Lectionary — Old Testament Week Six — David and Nathan

October 27, 2016 @ 5:25 pm

David is going to build a house and Nathan says sure.  Then God shows up.  

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