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“A Tender-Hearted Life”

Whenever we read the gospel of John we need to remember that it was written during a time of painful separation between the early church and the synagogue. When John speaks of the Jews, he usually is referring to local religious leaders. It can be helpful then for us to make that substitution in our minds: when we hear the word “Jews,” to think “religious

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Looking for Jesus

  Introductory Note: This summer’s lectionary suggests that we spend five weeks in the 6th chapter of the gospel of John. Today is week 2. On the previous day Jesus fed a multitude from a boy’s lunch and then during the night mysteriously crossed the sea of Galilee to meet his disciples, who crossed in a boat.   John 6:24-35 So when the crowd saw

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“Leftovers”

“Leftovers”                                                                                                                                 

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“The Choice Before Us”

John 11:17-27 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been

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“The Prison and the Palace”

Introductory Note There are times when our lectionary asks us to skip through books of the Bible, resulting in significant gaps between the texts we hear from Sunday to Sunday. But for the last three weeks, we have not skipped a verse between our gospel readings. They have followed in perfect sequence, in their entirety. Two weeks ago, this congregation heard about Jesus’ experiences near

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“The Servant’s Prayer”

“The Servant’s Prayer” Margaret LaMotte Torrence July 8, 2018   Mark 6:1-13 Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power

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Two Women, Two Stories, Two Healings

“Two Women, Two Stories, Two Healings” Allen Brimer July 1, 2018 Lamentations 3:22-33 Mark 5:21-43   Focus: Jesus heals two women in two opposite sets of circumstances and remains the consistent, indiscriminate Christ in both.   Function: The same, consistent Christ comes again and again into our brokenness and offers healing that grants new life.   Introduction   Before I begin, I would like to

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Facing Storms

“Facing Storms” Hillary Bergman Cheek June 24, 2018 Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 Mark 4:35-41 (Audio and Video Unavailable)   Mark 4:35-41 (NRSV) 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and

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Seeds and Shade

“Seeds and Shade” Kate Fiedler June 17, 2018 Ezekiel 17:22-24 & Mark 4:26-34 (Audio and Video Unavailable)   Ezekiel 17:22-24    Israel Exalted at Last 22 Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it

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The People’s Choice

(Audio and Video Unavailable) Those of you who were here last week may remember that we heard the story of the child Samuel, who heard God’s voice in the night, as he served in the temple with the priest Eli. As we pick up today’s passage, many years have passed. Samuel has been a trustworthy prophet of the Lord, but he has grown old, and—as

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