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The Big Payback

Jarrett McLaughlin November 22, 2020 Genesis 44 (selections) “The Big Payback” Whether it’s because of your personal Bible reading or Andrew Lloyd Weber’s technicolor dream coat, some of you may be familiar with the story of Joseph.  Not Mary and Joseph – that’s still a few weeks away.  I mean even-further-back Joseph, the son of Jacob, great-grandson to Abraham himself. I think his remarkable story

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Mark 5: 1-20

Meg Peery McLaughlin November 15, 2020 Mark 5: 1-20 Scripture: They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.  2 And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. 3 He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain; 4 for he had

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Losing My Religion

Jarrett McLaughlin November 8, 2020 Job 1 and 2 (selections) “Losing My Religion” Pre-Scripture: I have a friend.  This friend is quite persuasive.  I once helped him drive cross country.  We had ten days to get him the 2800 miles or so to Seattle and we intended to spend as much of that time hiking and camping out west. Our solution was to leave Richmond

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Mark 4:30-31

Jarrett McLaughlin October 25, 2020 Mark 4:30-31 Scripture: Jesus was the kind of person who loved to tell stories.  Stories were the vehicle by which he communicated very complex truths.  Our reading today is one such story, a parable from the fourth chapter of Mark.  Listen: [Jesus] also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for

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Luke 19:1-10

Meg Peery McLaughlin October 18, 2020 Luke 19:1-10   Scripture: Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it.  2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich.  3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature.  4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him,

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Acts 19:1-19

Jarrett McLaughlin October 11, 2020 Acts 19:1-19 Scripture: Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he was going along and

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Acts 10: 1-17, 34-35

Meg Peery McLaughlin October 4, 2020 Acts 10: 1-17, 34-35 On this World Communion Sunday, we turn to a story about food, and more so, about the expansive grace of God. Before we feast, and before we read, let us first pray. Prayer for Illumination Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit, illumine the sacred page, we pray, that our minds may be open to receive

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2 Samuel 21:1-14

Meg Peery McLaughlin September 27, 2020 2 Samuel 21:1-14 Our UPC Children’s Committee organized a drive thru pick up a couple weeks back— faith resources for families to use at home. A beautiful children’s bible was included, which captures a vast collection of our God stories. But I’ll tell you the story we are about to read from 2nd Samuel, it isn’t in there. No

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Walk This Way

Jarrett McLaughlin September 20, 2020 “Walk This Way” Matthew 14:22-33 What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in ape-ricot? What have they got that I ain’t got? COURAGE! The Cowardly Lion sang these words on the silver screen years ago in The Wizard

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Matthew 9: 14-17

Meg Peery McLaughlin September 13, 2020 Matthew 9: 14-17 Then the disciples of John came to Jesus, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And he said to them, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they

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