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March 27, 2022 – Denial, part 2 – 4th Sunday in Lent

John 18:28-40 My kingdom is not from this world. Last week, Jesus was brought before the Jewish leaders for accusation and trial. This week the Jewish leaders have brought him to the Roman authorities. The leaders won’t go in to the palace, as that would make them ritually unclean. They have no such concerns about Jesus. Pilate isn’t particularly interested in taking…

March 20, 2022 – Denial, part 1 – 3rd Sunday in Lent

John 18:12-27 Jesus’ trial before Annas, Peter’s denial. There is a contrast between Peter and Jesus here, or between disciples and the Messiah. Both are questioned about who they are and what they have been doing. Jesus essentially answers the charges by telling the chief priest to listen to what is being said about him. Jesus has been in ministry in public,…

March 13, 2022 – By Example – 2nd Sunday in Lent

John 13:1-17 Footwashing as a sign of Jesus’ love and example. John again centers us on Passover as we begin this passage. Jesus and the disciples are preparing for the celebration. In chapter 12, they have come into Jerusalem, and Hosannas have been shouted, welcoming Jesus. John tells this story looking back in time, describing…

Worship Update – March 2022

At our March Session meeting (3/9/2022), we had some significant discussion around masking and not masking, that probably reflects the congregation as a whole. There are some who will come back if we made masking optional, and some who would stay away longer. Depending on the individual risk factors, people will make individual decisions about masking, as they have been doing already…

March 6, 2022 – Where Life and Death Meet – The 1st Sunday in Lent

John 11:1-44 Raising Lazarus, Jesus as the resurrection and life. This passage is all about life and death. John is the only one who tells this story. As we hear this story, we may hear tales of another death and resurrection. This story does some things out of order – Mary is identified as the one who washes Jesus’s feet, but that…

Lenten Community Services 2022

Lent is upon us and we are gathering once more for the Lenten Community Services. We will gather at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays as noted below, and then noon on Good Friday. We will be observing the gathering guidelines of each host congregation, and streaming will be via the host congregation’s usual practice. Join us…

February 27, 2022 – To Believe, or not – Transfiguration of Our Lord

John 9:1-41            This healing happens. It is an oddly messy type of healing, from the spit and the mud on the eyes to the fallout in the community. His parents don’t want anything to do with exploring why this happened with the temple leaders, and the man who is healed doesn’t know who Jesus is.            There’s this odd conversation between…

February 13, 2022 – Bread of Life – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

John 6:35-59            Jesus is again challenged for what he says. It seems impossible that this man, the son of the carpenter, could be or should be talking about being the bread of life, being a gift of God, being a miracle of God like the manna in the wilderness. While the people in this passage take Jesus literally, and get confused…