Courage Archive

Narrative Lectionary — Old Testament Week Five — The Golden Calf

October 20, 2016 @ 11:20 am

Exodus 32 and the Golden Calf saga.  What are our own Golden Calves?  

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Narrative Lectionary — Old Testament Week Four — Early Exodus

October 20, 2016 @ 11:15 am

Pastor Emily gave this sermon.  It starts in the early chapters of Exodus and introduces us to Moses, but also the women who helped bring him life.  

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Narrative Lectionary — Old Testament Week Three — Joseph

October 20, 2016 @ 11:09 am

This starts with Genesis 37 and ends with Genesis 50 and a good pick of skipping over key elements of the story.  And it was a communion Sunday.  Whew.  But "Houston, we've got a problem" seemed to work on this one.  

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Narrative Lectionary — Old Testament Week Two — Genesis 15

September 30, 2016 @ 4:41 pm

Genesis 15 but more than that really.  This is really the introduction to Abraham and that faith tradition.  The reflection plays with the idea of promise as a commitment but also promise as worthy of recognition now because of future potential.  

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Narrative Lectionary — Old Testament Week One — Genesis 1

September 30, 2016 @ 4:20 pm

We start the Narrative Lectionary for 2016 to 2017.  Genesis 1.  Emily Flemming preaching on creation and creativity.  

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September 11th — 15th Anniversary — A Meeting of the Secular and the Sacred

September 30, 2016 @ 4:01 pm

This is Pastor Emily Flemming's first sermon at Hilltop.  I apologize in advance for the sound quality.  Recorded from the choir microphone.  An excellent sermon.  Included a little music from the anthem .... 

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Forgotten Women of the Bible — Esther

September 30, 2016 @ 3:15 pm

My fourth look at Forgotten Women of the Bible -- and I focused in this series on OT women.  This one is Esther.  Here I got into the tyranny of the now versus the urgency of the now, and to some extent this was a reflection on how we got to where we were in September with having a Pastor Emily here.  

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Youth Mission Report Sunday

August 28, 2016 @ 7:48 pm

Noah Haight is reading the Scripture.  Short excerpt of the Summer Singers.  Melissa Doloff introducing the speakers.  Lindsay Blanchett, Jaimie Olson, Isaac Reese, and then moi.  Youth went to Mescalero, New Mexico.  Scripture is from Sermon on the Mount and not putting our lights under a basket.  

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Forgotten Women of the Bible — Hannah

August 27, 2016 @ 11:18 am

1 Samuel 1 -- I read the end here -- verses 20 to 28 but the liturgist had read all of the big (and hard) words earlier.  The Youth had sung an anthem that included the words "I believe in God, even when God is silent."  We had new members coming in and I cut the sermon a little short.  Not a lot.  Think I got the "key points."  Hannah starts the story of moving from chaos to order (depends on who's definition of order I think).  She is the mother of Samuel.  But the first two chapters focus on Hannah, not Samuel.  

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Forgotten Women of the Bible — Devorah

August 14, 2016 @ 5:41 pm
This is from Judges 4.  We would in English call the heroine here, Deborah, but I have a friend named Devorah, and I felt that saying her name, in Hebrew, was the right thing.  Devorah stands on behalf of being courageous.  She is a fiery woman or maybe a woman of lightening or woman of the torch.  She stands like a beacon, and deserves to be remembered.

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