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December 4, 2022 – Drawing Attention – Second Sunday of Advent

Esther 4:1-17            Mordecai and Esther are the big players in this narrative. They alternate being the primary character in any given scene. Mordecai has the space outside the palace, and Esther has the space inside the palace. The news and the view aren’t the same in those two places.            Mordecai hears about Haman’s actions, and Esther doesn’t seem to know.…

November 27, 2022 – It’s Obvious – First Sunday of Advent

Habakkuk 1:1-7; 2:1-4; 3:3b-6, 17-19 Habakkuk complains about what is, as we often do. He speaks to God about it, as we often forget to do. Habakkuk commits to watching to see what God will do. And God responds with a vision, writ large and plain. What is God’s vision? What will happen next? That too, we wonder. What is God’s vision…

November 20, 2022 – Propaganda – Christ the King/Reign of Christ

Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20; 37:1-7; then 2:1-4  This is a great example of what works with us as humans. Assyria comes to the gates, armed, with a history of winning, and challenges Israel. More than Israel, Assyria challenges King Hezekiah and God. Assyria challenges the faith of the people of God in the God who has delivered them in the past. Assyria is…

November 13, 2022 – Transition – The 23rd Sunday After Pentecost

Micah 1:3-5; 5:2-5a; Micah 6:6-8 We hear a transition here. We hear of God coming down, melting things. We hear of transgressions, of fire, of punishment. And then we hear of what will come out of a small place. One will come forth to rule, standing in the majesty of God, and the people shall live secure. If the enemies come, they…

October 30, 2022 – Wise Decision? – The 21st Sunday After Pentecost

1 Kings 3:4-28 This is probably another familiar story. It has found its way into colloquial language, when we talk about the wisdom of Solomon. So, let’s dip back into this story. Solomon starts off in a dream, conversing with God. God give Solomon a wish, a single request, and Solomon recounts what God has done for David, and then asks for…

October 16, 2022 – Choose Again – The 19th Sunday After Pentecost

Joshua 24:1-15 [16-26] At the end of the wilderness experience God again reminds the people of Go of their history, of their story, of the narrative of the people of God and God. Joshua then presents the people with an ultimatum. Choose this day whom you will serve – Gods of the land beyond the river, Gods of the people in the…

October 9, 2022 – Start Over – The 18th Sunday After Pentecost

Exodus 19:3-7, 20:1-17 We don’t get a ton of chances to make an actual fresh start in life. As much as we like to think our past doesn’t follow us, our grades, our history, our behavior, it often stays with us, even if it isn’t visible to anyone else. Here, in the wilderness, the people of God get a chance to start…

October 2, 2022 – Keep Still – The 17th Sunday After Pentecost

Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29 (30-31?) The sea parts, God’s deliverance We’ve moved forward generations again. We’ve moved from Joseph to Moses, to a Pharoah who did not know Joseph. And yet the people are imprisoned as Joseph was when we left him. Now they are running away, as Joseph ran from Potiphar’s wife, and the authority, the Pharoah and the people of…