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Remember your Lines

Rev. Meg Peery McLaughlin September 15 Remember your Lines   Prayer of Illumination Jesus, you do love us. Help us hear it again. We are ready to be reminded. Amen.   Matthew 4: 1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterward, he was famished. 3The

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Persistently Inconsistent

Jarrett Mclaughlin Persistently Inconsistent September 1, 2019 Philemon 1:1-21 Pre-Scripture: Did you see the pictures last week? Women wearing white dresses and head wraps against brown skin and dark hair, wading into the waves off the Virginia shore. One by one they scooped up water into gourds and poured it over the heads of their sisters – the water poured almost like a baptism. These

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To see another person is to love the face of God

To see another person is to love the face of God August 25, 2019 Luke 13: 10-17 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her

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The Adjacent Possible

“The Adjacent Possible” Genesis 12:1-9 A reading from Genesis, chapter 12 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those

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First Impressions

August 11, 2019 Matthew 4: 12-23 First Impressions We do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth, O God. And we confess that we are hungry for life. Speak. We are listening. Amen. Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea,

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All Of That And None Of That

Hi, this is weird. Twenty years ago, I used to sit in the second to last row of the balcony so being here is unexpected. It’s quite humbling in fact. We’ve been on something of an adventure these past few weeks. We packed all of our belongings up on the moving truck about a month ago and we won’t see it all until mid-September when

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Power through Prayer

Prayer of Illumination Lord, Teach us to pray.  Teach us to listen. Teach us to serve. Teach us to love. It sounds so simple to ask, but living our call to be your Beloved can be so complicated. Guide us with your grace, your wisdom, and your peace, with the power of the Holy Spirit keeping us on course.  Amen.   Luke 11:1-13 [Jesus] was

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Endings and Beginnings

Background note: Today’s text comes from the Book of Colossians. Though the opening verse attributes this letter to Paul, many scholars believe that it was written by one of his followers. For instance, the way the author speaks of sin, forgiveness, and resurrection, suggests a perspective related to, but different from Paul’s. The writing style also varies significantly from the undisputed Pauline letters. But none

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What the Servant Sees

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She

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What are you doing here?

1 Kings 19:1-16 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” 3 Then he was afraid; he got up and fled

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