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Narrative Lectionary — Lord, your servant is Listening!

October 16, 2017 @ 9:16 am


This is drawn from 1 Samuel 3: 1-11, and I address brefly the context of the passage at the beginning of the reading.  

Samuel is being advised to "listen" ... and Eli tells him to communicate to God that Samuel is actively listening for God to speak.  That constitutes the core of the reflection/message.  



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Narrative Lectionary — You are Commissioned! (Includes the Ministry Moment)

October 8, 2017 @ 6:02 pm

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Stewardship Reflection #2

October 2, 2017 @ 3:39 pm


Stewardship Message #2 -- focus on the transformative elements of the Building ... Curtis Crichton is our Senior Trustee

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Narrative Lectionary — God Provides in the Wilderness

October 2, 2017 @ 3:33 pm


Exodus 16: 1-25 -- a quick trip in the wilderness focusing on needs and how God provides.  Points toward John 6 -- Jesus as the Bread of Life.  The Children of Israel sit in the wilderness between already and not-yet, slavery and freedom.  God will provide ... 

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Narrative Lectionary — Called by God

September 28, 2017 @ 2:53 pm


Exodus 3 -- Moses is called, and he balks.  I treated this as "Good News, Bad News" but being called by God is actually good news, because God will be with us on this journey.  

From minute 1 to minute 6 is a Ministry Moment on how we are going to do Stewardship this Fall.  Heart talk!  

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John 20: 24-29 — Doubting Thomas

May 2, 2017 @ 4:15 pm


Rev. Emily Fleming on John 20: 24-29 and her reflection on Doubting Thomas.  I also included a little of our music after the sermon and before the benediction.  

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Luke 24: 1-12 Easter Sunday

April 16, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

This is the 9:00 Service at Hilltop.  I am indebted to David Watson and N. T. Wright for good quotes here.  

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Lazarus and the Rich Man — Luke 16: 19-31

April 9, 2017 @ 3:30 pm


My take on this episode is that it is about privilege.  How do we leave it behind us?  Part of it is that we need to see those around us who are in need.  I do hope that Father Abraham is incorrect in that we can indeed understand God's message by listening to one who has returned from the dead.  

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narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Thirteen — Industrial Strength Joy

March 24, 2017 @ 3:17 pm


This reflection is drawn from the Luke 15, three parables.  The liturgist will only read the first two to provide context, and then I re-tell the third one.  A parable familiar to us.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Twelve — Jesus in his humanness

March 24, 2017 @ 3:13 pm


The scripture for the week is shown below.  I didn't get a recording of the liturgist reading it this particular Sunday.  


Luke 13: 31-35

31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you." 32 He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me, "Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33 Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.' 34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35 See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, "Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.' "


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