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A Little Boundary Breaking

Mark 7: 24-37 (psalm 100) Rev. Carrie Rhoads Tuttle   Psalm 100 A Psalm of thanksgiving. 1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. 2     Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his;[a] we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his

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“The Heart of It All”

Hillary Bergman Cheek September 2, 2018 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23   It was the summer before my final year of high school; I was surrounded by friends from my youth group, the soft glow of the lanterns floating above us created a feeling of warmth and comfort as a light summer rain softly tapped on the windows that surrounded us. We had just finished affirming

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“An Understanding Mind”

I don’t mean to shock anyone here, but summer is over.  School is ready to begin. Notebooks, 3-ring binders, colored pencils, and pens are in hot demand, and students and teachers are preparing to return to the classroom.  The long, lazy days of summer are ending, and calendars are filling up again with soccer practice and piano lessons.  This town moves with the rhythm of

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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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