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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Eight — John the Baptist — Go Tell John — 900 version

February 12, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

 

Luke 7: 18-21 -- Go Tell John but more than that.  It is a moment of inviting John the Baptist to "trust" and advocating a ministry focused on fruitfulness.  

This podcast is the 9:00 Service .. 

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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 — 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 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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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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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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