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Belonging Shapes Behavior

Belonging Shapes Behavior

Genesis 11:27-12:9 Each year in September as we study the Bible together on Sunday mornings, we go all the way back to the beginning, to the book of Genesis, and spend four months studying the Old Testament. I grew up in church, reading and loving and memorizing the Bible, and it wasn't until I got to seminary that I really...
Violence Never Fixes Violence

Violence Never Fixes Violence

Noah and the Flood, Genesis 6--9 This morning we are beginning a new journey in studying the Bible. For most of the year I follow the Narrative Lectionary, which is a four-year long plan for which verses to read on which Sundays. Thousands of churches use this plan. The goal of the Narrative Lectionary is to tell the big story...
Walk Humbly with Your God

Walk Humbly with Your God

Micah 6:1-8 The high point of our worship gathering this morning is the celebration of Communion. But before we move to that, I want to spend a few minutes with you considering the final piece of our focus statement, our call to walk humbly with our God.  Before we get too far into it, let's look again to our sacred...
Love Mercy.

Love Mercy.

Micah 6:1-8 https://www.youtube.com/embed/UfRtkplnUCI This is the second week in our three week miniseries on the focus statement of our church, which is to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. Last week we talked about the need to find ways to actually do justice and not just talk about it, and also about how we need to...
Do Justice

Do Justice

Open and Affirming Sunday Micah 6:8 The United Church of Christ's "Rainbow Comma," the sign of Open and Affirming Churches Man. It's good to be back. I missed being here with you all. From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of my family, I thank you for that sabbatical. We needed it, for a number of reasons, both...
Following Jesus

Following Jesus

John 21:15-25 This is our last week in the gospel of John. I'm going to use a John story next week, but I'm not so much going to preach on it as I am going to jump off of it. You'll see. Anyway. This is our last Sunday in the gospel of John. The very end of the book. And...
After the Spiritual High

After the Spiritual High

John 21:1-14 It is Easter season, when we keep on celebrating the resurrection. But let's be honest: it's doesn't FEEL like a holiday all the time. We humans are bound by time and space, we have bodies that change, and one of the worst things we can do spiritually is to expect that we are always going to feel like...
Resurrection Testimony

Resurrection Testimony

John 20:1-18 Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. She ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and...
Remembering and Reenacting

Remembering and Reenacting

John 12 This morning we begin our celebration of Holy Week, remembering and reenacting the final week of Jesus' earthly life. Once again, it is Passover, for the third time in gospel of John. Lazarus has been raised from the dead, which is the final straw for the religious authorities. They are afraid that Jesus is going to lead a...
The True Vine

The True Vine

John 15:1-17 During the season of Lent we've been exploring together a series of metaphors in the gospel of John that Jesus uses to talk about who he is and what he's doing. So far we've heard that he is the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the gate for the sheep, the good shepherd, the...
The Way, the Truth, and the Life

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

John 14:1-17 During the season of Lent we've been exploring together a series of metaphors in the gospel of John that Jesus uses to talk about who he is and what he's doing. So far we've heard that he is the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the gate for the sheep, the good shepherd, the...
The Resurrection and the Life

The Resurrection and the Life

John 11:1-53 During the season of Lent we've been exploring together a series of metaphors in the gospel of John that Jesus uses to talk about who he is and what he's doing. So far we've heard that he is the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the gate for the sheep, and the good shepherd....