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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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Children of God

Hillary Bergman Cheek Children of God May 27, 2018 (Audio and Video Unavailable)   John 3:1-17: 1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3 Jesus

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Love that Abides

(Audio and Video Unavailable) John 15:9-17 Rev. Elizabeth Michael Preached at University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC New Testament scholar Frances Taylor Gench offers this short description of Jesus in the gospel of John: “Wordy is the Lamb.”[1]  Indeed Jesus is a little loquacious in the fourth gospel.  We read today from chapter fifteen, the second of four consecutive chapters that together form Jesus’ “Farewell

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After Breakfast

Margaret LaMotte Torrence John 21:1-19 pp. 115-116 Third Sunday of Easter April 15, 2018 “After Breakfast”   One of the gifts of growing up in the church is that each season becomes layered with memories. I cannot sing “Silent Night” without remembering every sanctuary in which I have spent a Christmas Eve. We begin to sing and suddenly I can feel velvet pew cushions, hear

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The Marks of the Church

Margaret LaMotte Torrence Sunday, April 8, 2018 The Marks of the Church John 20:19-31 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his

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Youth Sunday

  Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-2, 6-12 John 12: 20-33   Katie Billings – Jeremiah 31:31-34 It was January 28th, a Friday afternoon, and I anxiously sat in AP Biology, my last class of the week. With each passing minute, I could feel my heart rate accelerate, then finally, the bell rang. I rushed out to my 97 honda accord, Wanda the Honda, sat through the

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Snake Stories

March 11, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Lent Numbers 21:4-9/ John 3:14-21 “Snake Stories” Margaret LaMotte Torrence When I am in my office during the week, I can always hear Kate Rogers coming, and it always makes me smile. Kate likes to make the rounds when her morning at preschool is over. She dispenses hugs, gathers various snacks, and generally spreads cheer wherever she goes. Sometimes

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