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In today's reading Jesus offers his first public sermon, as recorded in the Gospel of Luke. At first the people seemed pleased, but Jesus pushes further. He suggest that while the people may indeed share a hope, they lack the faith to see how God is working toward its fulfillment, let alone the faith necessary to participate in that working. This e…
 
This weeks message is a reflection on the Baptism of Jesus. In subjecting himself to John's baptism, meant for sinful humanity, Jesus aligns himself with us. In so doing he transforms the water of baptism into a meeting place for the new covenant people of God of whom Christ is the head. Baptism reveals the mystery of our having been joined with Ch…
 
Throughout the season of advent we emphasized the coming of God into our midst. In these first weeks following Christmas we are confronted by the humanity of his coming. Today's messages wrestles with the mystery of Emmanuel. The one who comes to us as one of us, the Eternal Logos who while here on earth grows in both wisdom and stature and in favo…
 
Today we consider a scene from Jesus' childhood. He is brought to the temple, still an infant. Even so Anna and Simeon discern his presence and give praise to God. How sensitive are we to the leading of the Spirit that helps us to discern God's presence among us. How can we become more so? The first step is to pray. Lord, make yourself known. It is…
 
Jeremiah lived during a tumultuous time. He not only warned of the coming Babylonian exile but watched it unfold. His words were not all doom and gloom, however. Even as exile drew near, he had words of hope to offer too. He reminded the people that impending hardships would not last forever. His words can provide encouragement to us as well. In th…
 
We look today at an important episode in the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan. The Israelites did not know what had become of Moses and in his absence they built an idol. This message explores what may have led them to make such a grievous mistake and suggests how we might increasingly avoid the same. Our best bet is simply this, to trust that w…
 
Just before his ascension, Jesus tells the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit. Jesus also tells them that after the Spirit has come, they will be his witnesses. After his ascension the disciples then devoted themselves to prayer. In this way, they waited for, welcomed, and even sought the promised Spirit. During this time of isolation we would b…
 
The coming of God's Kingdom is always accompanied by some level of disruption. When God's rule comes to bear in ways and places it had not been brought to bear before, the status quo will be overturned. At this present moment we are already experienced a rather large amount of disruption. There is no question that what had been the status quo has b…
 
This message comes from our first week of our worshiping apart due to the coronavirus outbreak and suspension of services. It was delivered to the congregation via Youtube. The message is a reflection on the great commandment and the second which is like it. Specifically, Jesus commands us to love God with all that we are and to love our neighbor a…
 
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