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Take Heart

One of the joys in ministry is to encourage people to let their imagination loose as they explore scripture.  When I was teaching at Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte, we chaplains taught about the prophets from the Old Testament in fourth-grade.  Now, you might expect that the prophets would be dry and distant for fourth graders, but we encouraged the kids to use their creativity. 

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“One Body, One Spirit, One Hope”

Mark 14:22-25 While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for

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Sharing His Name

Having been released from captivity in Egypt, the Israelites are now traveling through the wilderness. The people are complaining, asking for meat. Moses has turned to God, saying that the people are too heavy for him to carry. We now hear God’s response. Numbers 11:16-17, 24-30 So the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the

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Fruit in Its Season

  Mark 9:30-37 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid

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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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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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The Road to Glory

March 25, 2018 Palm/Passion Sunday Mark 11:1-11 “The Road to Glory” Reverend Elizabeth Michael   In my biblical studies classes, we were taught to pay attention when the pace of scripture slowed way down.  Especially in Mark…Mark who moves the quickest of the gospel writers, whose favorite word is “immediately” and who rushes Jesus on from scene to scene with hardly a breath or extra

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Hosannas Betrayed

Mark 11:1-11 A Sermon by Robert E. Dunham University Presbyterian Church Chapel Hill, North Carolina Palm/Passion Sunday                April 9, 2017             Palm Sunday is such an enigmatic day.  It feels, on the one hand, like a festival.  There is mirth and jubilation, the waving of palm fronds.  The crowds greeting Jesus are hopeful, expectant. “Hosanna!” they shout.  They remember the 118th Psalm: they cry, “Blessed

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