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January 14, 2018 – Second Sunday after Epiphany – Water Into …

John 2:1-11 Wedding at Cana, water into wine. Psalm 104:14-16 trees of the Lord are watered abundantly Water Into … Water into wine is the first miracle of Jesus. It happens very early in the Gospel(s), and it seems to happen at the urging and pressure of his mother. It happens at a wedding, and we may know the basic sketch of the story. The…

January 7, 2018 – Baptism of the Lord – Come and See

John 1:35-51 Behold the Lamb of God, Call of disciples, “Come and see.” Psalm 66:1-5 Come see what God has done Come and See For the last little bit of the church’s history, the last 40 years or so, we have been convinced that the Gospel is not enough. We have become convinced that we need bands, or pipe organs, backpack giveaways or gymnasiums, pastors who…

December 24, 2017 – The Fourth Sunday of Advent – And Lived Among Us

John 1:1-18 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.  Psalm 130:5-8 I wait for the Lord Chrismon – Chi-Rho And Lived Among Us Things change when someone comes to live with us. They change when we have company for the weekend. They change when we host a missionary, or a student. Things change when we bring a child home as our…

December 10, 2017 – The Second Sunday of Advent – How Far is Too Far?

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Ezekiel prophesies to the dry bones and they are raised to new life.  John 11:25-26 I am the resurrection and the life Chrismon – Alpha and Omega How Far is Too Far? Like last week’s passage, this one we may remember from childhood. We may well remember singing about how the toe bones connect to the foot bones, which connect to the…. Beyond…

December 3, 2017 – The First Sunday of Advent – Repeated Stories

Daniel 3:1, 8-30 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; God present in the fiery furnace. John 18:36-37 My kingdom is not from here Chrismon – Crown Repeated Stories I remember this story. I learned it as a child, along with Daniel and the lions’ den. I remember that the story was about Jesus – who else could the fourth person in the fiery furnace be? It…