Gratitude Archive

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 — Abigail

August 14, 2016 @ 6:04 pm

1 Samuel 25 -- and we look at Abigail.  Three main characters:  David, Nabal, and Abigail.  One shows true hospitality.  The others are more "meh" in their roles.  

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April 3, 2016 — Acts 1: 1-14 “Be a Witness”

April 5, 2016 @ 7:27 am

This sermon came together quite late.  I had all the piece parts by Saturday evening, but it had no shape, no contour, no real flow.  Marilyn and I sat down and worked together on this for an hour and this is what came out.  Michelle Starcher, our accompanist, also provided a musical offering that I didn't know about until I got to church, so that element, was woven in late.  God surprises us.  

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Kolbe.html is a good link to a bio on the Roman Catholic Priest mentioned in the Sermon.  

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Year End Report

December 31, 2015 @ 4:29 pm
Setting a bit of the stage for Mark but this is more of a year end report.  This particular sermon is at the 9:00 AM service.  

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Advent 4: God will end the Barrenness

December 31, 2015 @ 4:24 pm
Luke 1 -- Zachariah and the end of barrenness.  God has been here before. 

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Advent 3: Choose Joy

December 14, 2015 @ 8:13 pm

Ezra 3: 1-4, 10-13 is the text and again, I am indebted to the assistance I receive from Working Preacher/Narrative Lectionary.  Excellent help.  Rebuild the temple and some, who remember what the old temple was like, cannot be joyful.  I then contrast those Eeyores with Simeon in Luke 2 where he is able to see the possibility of the future.  

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Who Picked This Scripture ? God Did!

November 28, 2015 @ 7:51 pm

Thanksgiving week and the Narrative Lectionary gave me Isaiah 5: 1-7 and Isaiah 11: 1-9.  I think the key to this reflection is the Henri Nouwen in the middle.  It is the bridge ... but it is also the fact that this is week 52 of the church year (as it relates to the calendar).  This is Christ the King Sunday.  

The title comes from how I open the sermon -- a scene of death and brokenness and devastation and then we have to preach on Thanksgiving?  Huh?  
But to return to the Nouwen ... we are who we are as a result of the lives we have lived.  We need to get away from this idea of selecting this and rejecting that.  All of it is makes us who we are ... 

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