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Worship at Plymouth

Sunday morning worship is at 10:30 am, with fellowship time at 10:00 am. During Lent, we worship at noon and 6:00 pm on Wednesday as well.

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Sermons and Sounds of Plymouth

Please read, listen, and enjoy these sermons and sounds from Plymouth. Sermons from each Sunday are here, along with some of our sounds: music, lectures, special services, and other things that we feel are worth highlighting.

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May 3, 2015
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“We Are Made to Be Connected” God has made us to be connected not only to God, but also to one another. We are called to be part of a flock, of mutual love and support.
April 26, 2015
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“You Have a Shepherd; You Are Part of a Flock” In our final week of talking about roadblocks of life, we discuss the roadblockl of feeling that we have to go it alone; that we are weak or insufficient if we ask for help. But the truth is, we have a Shepherd, Jesus, who is with us, and we also are part of a flock: we have people who love us, who want us to succeed and do well.
April 19, 2015
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“Calgon-Jesus, Lead Me Through!” For the third week of talking about roadblocks in life, we talk about the roadblock of wanting to run away or ignore a difficult situation or difficult decision that needs to be made, or the temptation to pretend that something that causes us anxiety is not there. Of course, these are not healthy reactions. Like the old commercials in which an overwhelmed person yells, "Calgon, take me away!" to escape into a bubble bath, but of course the bubble bath does not address the real issue (though it can be a healthy sabbath before tackling the problem). But Jesus says not to be afraid for he is with us, and is there to help us through the difficult times. Not that he will fix everything, but he is with us, and with him, we will get through it.
April 12, 2015
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“Checking Your Doubt at the Tomb Door” One roadblock in life is self-doubt: doubting our skills, doubting our worthiness, doubting our ability to be loved, doubting our right to success. We are so good at sabotaging ourselves this way. But Jesus gives us the words "Peace be with you", a way of saying "Don't be afraid". Jesus is with us, and asks us to leave our self-doubt in the tomb and move out into the light of fulness of life.
April 5, 2015
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“Called By Name” Jesus calls us out of our tombs, into resurrection life, and he calls us by name! Be not afraid, death is defeated and Jesus is still with us, and wants us to know all the joy and gladness and hope of life with God.
March 15, 2015
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“For God So Loved the World” the beloved verse John 3:16 is often portrayed as meaning that Jesus just wants us to believe the right things, but it's really about action. Christianity has spent, I think, too much time trying to figure out abstract theological propositions we're supposed to say "yes" to in order to not be eternally punished in hell (and causing schisms, wars, and an awful lot of hurt along the way) instead of focusing on what Jesus' modeled for us as a good way to live: showing compassion, loving our neighbor, taking risks of faith and trusting in God's love (not God's anger). To live the way Jesus wants us to live is to live in eternal life.
March 8, 2015
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“Human Trafficking” We had guests this Sunday, Madison Lovelien and Gretchen Bye, who spoke about a trip to Thailand they took in January to spend time with people, especially children, who are victims of human trafficking. Their testimony might be difficult to listen to at times, but they also speak of hope for the future.
March 1, 2015
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“Communion in More than Bread and Wine” We celebrate Communion with bread and wine in worship, but we can also find, and make, sacred communion moments in the way we relate to other people.
February 22, 2015
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“Repentance and Transformation” After flooding the world, God repents and says "Never again", and later came as Jesus, turning the deadly force of punishing water into the cleansing grace of baptism and new life. The first Sunday of Lent, we hear of Noah and his ark, and then Jesus' and his baptism and time in the wilderness, and we contemplate the meaning of a God who is willing to change and be transformed.
February 18, 2015
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“Ash Wednesday” Ash Wednesday begins our Lent journey. Saying "We are made from dust, and to dust we shall return" is a radical statement about living in God's time, following God's calendar, not in the world's time.
February 15, 2015
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“Staying Transformable” Jesus went up a mountain with a couple disciples and was transfigured. Who would you take with you? And how do you stay spiritually ready to be transformed and shaped by God? Just as clay needs to stay moist to be shapable, we also need to stay pliable - which we do by keeping up spiritual disciplines.
February 8, 2015
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“Climate Science as an Act of Faith” Special guest speaker Prof. Jim Boulter from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, who is a climate and atmospheric scientist, spoke about how his Christian faith informs his work relating to climate change and his effort to help stem the change.
January 25, 2015
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“Nets are Bad Hospitality” Jesus said to some fishermen on the shoreline, “Come with me and I will teach you to fish for people.” Nets are not particularly good hospitality - how do we invite people into the church without snaring or trapping them nets, whether literal or metaphorical?
January 18, 2015
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“Not a Word Fell to the Ground” What will be your guiding word or idea for this year? What word would you like God to make sure does not fall to the ground?
January 11, 2015
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“Made, Loved, Held.” Jesus was called “ beloved” by God at his baptism, and so are we. What does it mean to be beloved by God, and to know that our neighbors are also beloved by God?
January 4, 2015
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“Find Your Epiphany Star and Word.” Lynn McFadyen shared the word today.
December 24, 2015
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Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols. No sermon for this Christmas Eve service. Instead, listen to the whole service of lessons and carols, with special solos and duets by Jens Nielsen, Cathy Reitz, and Hannah and Sam Zehms.
December 21, 2015
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We wrote a play for the last Sunday of Advent, imagining what Mary and Joseph might talk about many years after Jesus' birth, while watching a Christmas special on TV.
November 16, 2014
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“Spending God’s Talents” We often read Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (a ‘talent’ being a kind of ancient coin, and thus a currency) as being about stewardship of money. But we also have the currency of God's story of love, grace, dignity, hope and so on, and we are too be good stewards of that as well; and we are good stewards, in this case, by spending that currency and investing it in and sharing it with people.
November 9, 2014
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“Who Will Jesus Look Like?” If Jesus comes back, how will we know him? Who will he look like? Truth is, Jesus has come back: and he looks like us, and like the man who lives on the street, and women grieving the death of her husband, and the immigrants... If we want to make sure we recognize Jesus at his return, let us begin by recognizing Jesus in the people around us.
November 2, 2014
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“Death Is Not the End” For All Souls/Saints Day, a short meditation on death and eternal life and God's infinite love for all of us. Also included in the recording is the reading of the names of those who have died in the past year, and prayers for the dead.
October 26, 2014
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“I Wasn't Sure if the Church Would be a Safe Space” Jesus’ command to love God and love neighbor includes inviting people in, and to also make the church a safe space, especially for those on the margins who don’t have safe spaces.
October 12, 2014
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“ Bring A +1!” Golden calves, invitations, and banquet feasts.
October 5, 2014
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“ Everyone At the Table” Who do we reject, or what ideas do we reject, that might be God‘s cornerstones? If we reject others, we reject God and we also reject the power of the God-spirit within us.
September 21, 2014
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“ God’s Gifts”. God is a generous God! In God”s realm, everyone has enough.
September 14, 2014
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“God’s Realm is Built of Forgiveness”. Peter asks Jesus how many times we must forgive someone. Jesus responds with a parable about how much God forgives and leaves the question open to us: knowing how forgiving God is, how will we live?
September 7, 2014
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The sermon this Sunday was preached by Rev. Jeanny V. House.
August 31, 2014
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The sermon this Sunday was preached by our Street Minister, Mike Henry, with help from some of our volunteers who serve the ministry.
August 24, 2014
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The sermon this Sunday was preached by Rev. Jeanny V. House.
April 27, 2014
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“Intuitive, Recognizer, Fleshy, Scientist Thomas” Thomas has unfortunately gone down through history known as Doubting Thomas, as though his doubt was a bad thing. But extraordinary news needs extraordinary evidence, which Thomas was willing to ask for.
April 20, 2014
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“Do Not Be Afraid – He Is Risen!” Both Jesus and the angel tell the women at the empty tomb, “Do Not Be Afraid!” Easter’s message is that we need not fear, for Jesus is always with us.
April 17, 2014
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“This is What Love Looks Like: A Parable in Three Acts” Jesus’ last night with his disciples, he sets up three ways of love: washing his disciples’ feet, feeding Judas, and offering himself to death.
April 13, 2014
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“Jesus the Anti-King” Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday was the act of a king or emperor, but of a very different kind, matching his upside-down vision of a new kind of heavenly kingdom.
April 6, 2014
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March 30, 2014
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“Rules, Schmules” Jesus breaks the rule about not working on the Sabbath so that he can show compassion and give sight to a blind man. When does belief get in the way of doing the right thing? Compassion and love, in the name of human need, are the ultimate commandments to follow, even at the expense of church rules.
March 23, 2014
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“ I See You, Period. I Know You, Period. I Love You, Period.” A Samaritan woman has a life-changing encounter with Jesus while she is at a well to draw water. He saw her, he knew who she was, and he loved her. Jesus offers us that, and calls us to create communities of such grace and unconditional love.
March 16, 2014
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“ Reborn from the Darkness” Nicodemus comes to Jesus under cover of night in order to learn and speak with him, perhaps because he feared the reaction of his friends. What good things about ourselves do we hide from others, and by hiding, diminish our quality of life?
March 9, 2014
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“Temptation?!” Jesus enters the wilderness after his baptism, and encounters temptation. We begin Lent today, which is our symbolic journey to the wilderness to encounter our dark places and admit to the things that tempt us.
March 5, 2014
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“ We Are Alive!” Today is Ash Wednesday, when we remind ourselves of our mortality in preparation for our Lenten discipline of looking within ourselves to find our dark places and give them to God, to make room for more life-giving habits, thoughts, faithfulness... From dust we are made, and to dust we shall return, but in between: We Are Alive! So let us live.
March 2, 2014
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“Don’t Worry - God Loves You! ” In a time when we have many worries and much that we are anxious about, Jesus reminds us that worry does not add days to our lives, nor does it help us in any way. We might have much to worry about, but we never have to worry about God’s love: we always have that, no matter what happens. Also includes a link to Bobby McFerrin’s “Don't Worry, Be Happy” video.
Feb. 23, 2014
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“Turn Your Cheek, Change Your Perspective” . We continue reading from the Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus offers a new Way of living together, one in which we do not abuse and do not respond with violence but only with overwhelming love. These are words that are dangerous because they can be (and have been) used to abuse people, but they are also dangerous because they have the power to change the world by confronting evil and shutting it down.
February 16, 2014
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“Choose the Way of Life”. Moses brought the law down from the mountain and later, as the Hebrew people were ready to enter the Promised Land, put before them a choice: either choose the way of death or the way of life shown them by God. Jesus later speaks of the law in his Sermon on the Mount, urging his listeners to go beyond the letter of the law and choose a way of life based on compassion and right relationship with one another.
February 9, 2014
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“You Are the Salt of the Earth (Already!)”. Jesus tells us we are the salt of the earth - regardless of our brokenness, low station, skills, whatever - we can enhance the God-flavors of the world!
February 2, 2014
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“God’s Topsy-Turvy Cattywumpus Wonky Upside-Down World”. What might the Super Bowl look like in the world that Jesus imagines when he says “Blessed are the poor, the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers, the mourning...”
October 27, 2013
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“Don’t Just Believe, Do!” Jesus calls us not to just believe, but to act on that belief by mending the world through acts of love.
October 20, 2013
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“Wrestle With God”. On laity Sunday, church member George Stecher offers a sermon on wrestling with God - questioning, arguing, disagreeing with, nagging, etc. - is a faithful thing to do, just as Jacob wrestled with God, but also as seen in the Psalms, and in the parable of the widow and the unjust judge.
October 13, 2013
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“Plant Your Garden, Tell Your Story”. ’ God speaks through Jeremiah to tell the exiled Jewish people in Babylon to go ahead and plant gardens, build houses, and create families because they will be restored as a people. An important message to we Christians today who are also strangers in a foreign land in so many ways, but with a story of hope and love that is so needed to be shared to a state, nation, and world that is in pain and anxiety.
September 29, 2013
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“The Spitting Image of God”. In Jesus’ parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, Lazarus has a name and he is the spitting image of God.
September 22, 2013
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“Imagine No Debt”. Jesus tells a strange parable about the righteousness of debt forgiveness.
September 15, 2013
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“You Are Not Lost to God”. You are not lost, because Jesus has sought you out and found you long, long ago!
September 8, 2013
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Guest preacher Mike Henry, Plymouth’s Street Minister, delivers a sermon on discipleship and justice for the poor.
September 1, 2013
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Guest preacher Rev. Jeanny House offers the Good News for this Communion day.
August 25, 2013
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“Love Above Law”. Guest preacher George Stecher, a Plymouth member, delivered a sermon on Jesus' ethic that places love above law.
August 18, 2013
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“Jesus the Divider”. Following Jesus - following his way of inclusive justice, love for strangers and the marginalized, dedication to peace over violence, mercy over punishment - is a path to trouble. The cost of discipleship can be high, even in our overwhelmingly Christian-identified culture, because being a Jesus follower is threatening to authorities and religious leaders who prefer their own power and their own way.
August 11, 2013
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“What If This Is The Last Thing You Read?” Jesus says to stay alert, be ready, and store up treasures of heaven - that is, not to store up gold or money or power, for example, but live in generosity, fairness, and love, as though today will be our last day.
August 4, 2013
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“Is Your Storage Barn Big Enough?” A man asks Jesus to arbitrate an inheritance, but instead he tells the parable of the rich farmer. A sermon on friendship and stuff.
July 28, 2013
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“No 'Me and Jesus'.” When Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray, he uses 'us' and 'our', not 'me' and 'my'.
July 21, 2013
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“Be Not Distracted or Worried.” Jesus gives Martha permission to be a disciple, and reminds us that we need not be distracted: we can serve when serving is needed, and we can learn when learning is needed.
July 14, 2013
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“What If I Let You Be My Neighbor?” A scholar asks Jesus how to gain eternal life. Jesus responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan, letting us know that eternal life is found in the here and now by living a life of compassion toward neighbor and from neighbor.
July 7, 2013
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“Dude, Chill.” We see in the healing of Naaman, and the sending of the 70, a call to simplicity and letting God do the work. We also see in the Gospel lesson a call to welcome the homeless possesion-less stranger, and listen to their stories, because God speaks through them.
June 30, 2013
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“Harsh Jesus, Focused Jesus, Grr Grr Grr.” Jesus says some harsh words about being fit for the Kingdom of God. But those words also describe God's focused and unstoppable love for us.
June 23, 2013
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“I’ll Wait ‘Til You’re Off the Phone”. Elijah discovers God in the silence, and Jesus heals a man filled with a legion of demons, granting him the silent grace of no more competing voices in his head. We, too, may cast off the demon voices of today that want to define us by stuff or what we do, instead of who we are: God's beloved.
June 16, 2013
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“Jesus and Women”. Street Pastor Mike Henry preached. Jesus showed a preference for the people on the bottom of the social and religious ladder, especially women, and defied many religious constructs in doing so. On this Fathers Day, can we duplicate Jesus’ attitude toward the women in our lives?
June 9, 2013
Hymn Sing Sunday. Most of today was a hymn sing led by Lynn.
June 2, 2013
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“Faith at the Abyss: Indiana Jones Walks on Nietzsche.” Sometimes we are reduced to having nothing left but to trust that God is God; other times we are called to risk all that we have to do acts of love, trusting that God is God.
May 26, 2013
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“Lady Wisdom, God, and Us” In Proverbs, Wisdom is said to be God's first creation and is also feminine: Lady Wisdom. Sadly, Christianity has lost this and other feminine imagery over time.
May 12, 2013
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“Oneness, Peace, and the Fools Who Go There” a sermon on Jesus' prayer, and the motto of the United Church of Christ, "That they may all be one."
May 5, 2013
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“Covered In Powdered Sugar”– Eucharist as Incarnation. We celebrate Communion in the sanctuary, but the real call is to take it out our walls and be Christ's body for others.
April 28, 2013
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“No One Is Profane!” Peter learns that Jesus' command to love includes those on the outside, because no one is profane, and all are included in God's love.
April 21, 2013
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“Fear No Evil”. The Sunday after the Boston Marathon bombing, I offer a meditation on Psalm 23 as a reminder that God is our shepherd, and that we do not need to fear evil because we do not need to give in to it.
April 14, 2013
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“Follow My Way: Feed My Sheep”. Early followers of Jesus called themselves Followers of The Way - the Way of Jesus, which is the way of love, feeding others, and tending to the needs of others. A message that that is much needed again in our world.
April 7, 2013
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“Our Bodies Our Faith”. Christians are called to live an embodied faith that serves the spiritual by serving the physical because body and spirit are linked.
March 31, 2013
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“Jesus Makes Us Part of His Story” Jesus' resurrection makes us part of his story. As he was the embodied God incarnate, he is now embodied in us and we in him. Easter tells us that God loves us so much that we can never be separated that love and are heirs of the promise of eternal life and life abundant.
March 28, 2013
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“Jesus’ Love for Us Means We Can Dare to Love Others”. On Jesus’ final night with his disciples, he gives them the great commandment to love one another, and then he shows them what that means by washing their feet even though they will betray and abandon him. Love is what it's all about.
March 28, 2013
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Tenebrae readings from Maundy Thursday. The recording comes in partway through a canticle that was sung after Communion. Tenebrae means "shadows" or "darkness", and these readings are done in the dark with 12 lit candles. After each reading a candle or two is extinguished, eventually putting us in full darkness. In the silence after the last reading, the sanctuary is cloaked in black fabric: over the Communion table, the pulpit, the baptismal font, the crosses, etc. Then the Christ Candle is toppled to the floor, and we exit in silence.
March 24, 2013
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“ ” The sermon from Maundy Thursday.
March 24, 2013
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Today we provide a dramatic reading of the Passion narrative from Luke's Gospel
March 17, 2013
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“The Fragrance of Love Dispels Evil’s Stench” Amidst the beating of the drums of potential violence, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet as an example of loving intimacy that can perfume us with the fragrance of love that overcomes all stench of evil.
March 10, 2013
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“Enjoy the Lamb, or Demand A Goat and Hold Your Own Pout Off?” We call it “The parable of the prodigal son”, but it could just as well be called “The Parable of the Recklessly Loving Dad” or “The Parable of the Resentful Responsible Brother”. But it’s really about God’s hope for restoration and right relationship.
March 3, 2013
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“I Am Dust and Ashes/For Me, Christ Rose From the Grave” One miracle of grace is that though we are made of dust and ashes, Jesus rose from the grave for us and sets before us a table of the living bread and cup and salvation. A meditation on the parable of the fig tree for a Communion Sunday.
February 24, 2013
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“How Do We Reject Jesus’ Desire to Love?” Jesus laments that he wants to love Jerusalem, but it is unwilling. Do we push Jesus away, too? Why might that be?
February 17, 2013
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“Invite a Friend!”. Part of the Church’s decline is a growing irrelevance in society as it gives in to the temptations of hopelessness, judgmentalism, personal piety, worshiping tradition, being afraid (or too comfortable) to change, and believing that the church exists only to serve those in the congregation. The only way out is to speak out against the naysayers, and invite them to witness the great things we have at Plymouth!
February 10, 2013
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“The Quest Is In the Valley”. Human lives are (thankfully!) mostly mundane, and so ministry needs to happen in the mundane. Then we are prepared and ready for the mountaintop interruptions. A sermon for Transfiguration Sunday.
February 3, 2013
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“No Excuses”. God doesn't accept Jeremiah’s excuses. Jesus didn’t accept his community’s. And it is the same with us: no excuses, because God will provide whatever is needed to do what God calls us to do.
January 27, 2013
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“Journey Back to the Loving Mystery of God”. We remember God’s covenant on this day of our church’s annual meeting.
January 27, 2013
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“Only God Can Make Food”. A sermon I delivered at the Wisconsin Farmer’s Union annual convention this morning.
January 20, 2013
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“In Which We Turn Wine Into Water”. Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding, but most of our life is lived in the ordinary time where we need not wine, but the water of life.
January 13, 2013
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“Live Your Dot Dot Dot...” As we read the story of Jesus’ baptism and how he lived into it, let us strive to live into our baptismal vows.
January 6, 2013
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“We Are All Holy”. Herod’s fear at Jesus’ birth led him to slaughter all the babies in Bethlehem. But he was not the last to cause the suffering of innocents to protect his life of comfort. We, too, are part of a system that survives at the expense of children and other people.
December 30, 2012
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We ask the question, “What Child Is This?” When his family visit Jerusalem, an adolescent Jesus stays behind in the temple to sit among the teachers.
December 24, 2012
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Christmas Eve worship of Lessons and Carols. This is the entire worship service, about an hour.
December 23, 2012
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A special children-led worship service. Instead of a sermon, Kay and Lynn read us a Christmas story. You may also read or listen to our Advent Candle Lighting. This Sunday was the Candle of Love.
December 16, 2012
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Light the candle of Joy precisely because we are in dark times. You may also read or listen to our Advent Candle Lighting. This Sunday was the Candle of Joy, which we light as Christian witness to the children who were gunned down in Newtown, CT.
December 9, 2012
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This is a season of waiting, but we do not need to wait for peace. You may also read or listen to our Advent Candle Lighting. This Sunday was the Candle of Peace.
December 2, 2012
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Jesus calls us to give everything. Being a Christian is a call to a vocation of generosity. You may also read or listen to our Advent Candle Lighting. This Sunday was the Candle of Hope.
November 25, 2012
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Jesus is Lord, so we are not; this frees us up to live into God’s dream. Praying for our enemies is also part of the deal.
November 18, 2012
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Israel remembers its history by beginning its six-book historical narrative with God's action in the very small story of Hannah, suffering because she has no son. God hears her, and she becomes the mother of a nation through the birth of her son Samuel.
November 23, 2011
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A revisit of Pastor David's sermon from Thanksgiving Eve in 2011, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy references and all.
November 11, 2012
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Ruth and Naomi, and the widow at the temple, defy systems of division, showing us that hesed and radical hospitality always trump the law.
November 4, 2012
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God is for us! On this All Saints/Souls Day we remember that God promises us eternal life and love, not punishment or damnation. We finished this service singing "O, When the Saints Come Marching In", which two of our children played trombone and trumpet on. Listen to the song, or you can listen from the sermon page as well.
October 28, 2012
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A Halloween worship service, done in costume, featuring readings that lead us from the spooky and fearful into the hope and light of Christ's promise of eternal life. The sermon page has links to listen to the sermon and to listen to the approx. 25 minute long series of readings that are interspersed with Psalms, prayers, and hymns. The sermon offers a history of Halloween (All Hallow's Eve) from its pagan origins to being an important Christian holy day.
October 21, 2012
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The reward for being faithful is having been faithful. Our musicians for the day were the band Klezmazel, who also did a Klezmer version of "God's Word is Among Us", by musician Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan (Listen to the song).
October 14, 2012
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Jesus tells a man to sell all he owns, give it away, and "Follow Me." It is not a story about giving up riches, but about living for others, which is the path that Jesus sets out for us. A path that goes beyond merely not being mean to others, but going beyond to be a blessing to them.
October 7, 2012
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On World Communion Sunday, a meditation on the fractured state of the Church brought about by our lack of generosity in recognizing the truth in one other because none of us can ever have *all* the truth
September 30, 2012
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How will I know what I want? Jesus shows us the way of knowing what we want by first understanding what our neighbor's need
September 23, 2012
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Church member Mike Henry offers a sermon on the prophet Malachi, the last in our summer series of preaching and reading through the prophets of the Old Testament.
September 16, 2012
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Church member and frequent guest preacher George Stecher offers a sermon on the prophets Joel and Haggai (focusing mostly on Joel) and Joel's use in the New Testament.
September 9, 2012
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Pastor David was on vacation in Japan this Sunday, and preached at Matsuyama Kyokai (Church) in Matsuyama, Japan. Listen to the sermon in English, and also in Japanese by Rev. Yuki Yamamoto who offered a live translation. This sermon is titled "God of the Small". Using the Revelation text of Jesus as Alpha and Omega, this sermon explores the immensity of the universe and busyness of earth through physics and statistics to provide a sense of how truly small we are in power, size, stature, and importance in a vast, incomprehensibly massive universe. And yet, Christ who is Alpha and Omega (Beginning and End) knows us personally, watches over us (and over all the universe), and cares deeply for each one of us. We are small, but to God, we are very big.
September 2, 2012
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The prophet Nahum mostly speaks judgment against Assyria, but a few verses offer hope for a restored Israel in years to come.
August 26, 2012
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Actually, nothing to read or listen to for this Sunday - the four UCC churches in the area gathered together for a special ragtime service of worship and music. No recordings, and no sermons - pretty much all music!
August 19, 2012
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The prophet Ezekiel's wild prophetic visions and actions speak of coming judgment and exile for the Hebrew people. After Babylon's invasion and subsequent exile of the Jewish people, Ezekiel's words to turn to comfort and restoration.
August 12, 2012
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Jeremiah says God is using Babylon to destroy Judah because of the peoples' faithlessness, but after destruction and exile, Jeremiah reminds them of God's inability to break covenant, even with the unfaithful.
August 5, 2012
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The prophet Zephaniah predicts destruction of the people because of their faithlessness and mistreatment of the marginalized, but tempers his judgments with words of hope that God will also gather back a remnant to become a saving people for the world.
July 29, 2012
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Guest Preacher Mike Henry offers us a sermon on suffering and our Christian response to it.
July 29, 2012
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Pastor David's brief introduction and reading of the prophet Habakkuk.
July 22, 2012
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Prof. Eleazar Fernandez was guest preacher (and lecturer later in the day). Listen to his sermon, Pastor David's Prayers of the People, and Prof. Fernandez's lecture from the afternoon on the danger of fundamentalisms and fundamentalist ideology of all varieties.
July 15, 2012
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The prophet Isaiah is the most quoted prophet in the New Testament because of his many words about a messiah or savior to come, to rescue a people who have been sent into exile by invading countries and had their capitol and God's temple reduced to rubble.
July 8, 2012
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In the mid- to early-700s BCE, the prophet Hosea speaks out against the northern kingdom of Israel for worshiping other gods than the God who rescued them from Egypt. But his harsh words are wrapped in some of the most beautifully tender and passionate passages of God's undying and eternal love for the people, even in their (and our) sin, as realized in Jesus Christ.
July 1, 2012
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The prophet Amos speaks out against Israel for mistreating the poor, orphans, widows, and other marginalized people. He foresees that God will use Assyria to destroy them if they do not repent of their empty rituals and false worship and begin to live in justice and mercy.
June 24, 2012
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We leave the prophets for a Sunday to engage Mark's story of Jesus calming the sea while he and the disciples are in a boat on their way to "the other side", the scary land of the gentiles and The Other. What is the "other side" we face today? Guest preacher George Stecher explores that question us in Eau Claire and beyond.
June 17, 2012
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In our summer series on the Old Testament prophets, we look at Jonah who tells the enemy city of Ninevah to repent, even though he knows that they will, and that God will relent from destroying them. God is for our enemies just as much, if not more, than God is for us.
June 10, 2012
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This Sunday, we read the sermon that our Conference Minister, Rev. David Moyer, preached at the Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Conference. Our theme was Jewish/Christian/Muslim dialogue, and Rev. Moyer's sermon addresses both the necessity of such dialogue (for the sake of peace and human dignity), and some of the faith-based issues around such dialogue (being true to one's own religion while also allowing others to be true to theirs).
June 3, 2012
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God's reconciling love is all about community! A sermon for Trinity Sunday and celebration of Communion.
May 27, 2012
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Just as the Holy Spirit called the disciples to enlarge their movement of 120 to more than 3,000 in one afternoon, the Holy Spirit continues to call the Church to be more inviting and inclusive.
May 20, 2012
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Teacher recognition, graduate recognition, and a short meditation on the Christian virtues of learning and education.
May 13, 2012
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Does this story of a Roman Centurion's (and his household) baptism show us that we get too caught up in right belief and not caught up enough in trusting the Holy Spirit?
May 6, 2012
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When a eunuch is baptised into Jesus' community of radical love, we learn that faith is less about doctrine or "right belief" than it is about loving action.
April 29, 2012
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God calls us to go beyond mere belief to discipleship in action - the action of love.
April 22, 2012
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A special Earth Day worship service led by the children and youth, and a stunning sermon by one of our Sunday School children.
April 15, 2012
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On Easter night, the disciples, except for Thomas, are hiding in a locked house because they fear the religious leaders. Jesus appears to them and gives them a commission to forgive sins. They tell Thomas, but he has his doubts until Jesus comes the following Sunday. We call Thomas "Doubting Thomas", and often disparage him - but doubt is the foundation of faith, not the opposite. The opposite of faith is certainty, fundamentalism, doctrinalism, dogmatism, etc, because doubt comes from freedom and certainty comes from fear. And the last thing God wants for us is to live in fear.
April 8, 2012
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Easter Sunday! We share the Good News that Christ has risen from the tomb! In the Gospel lesson, three of Jesus' women disciples go to the tomb and find it empty except for a young man in a white robe who tells them to go tell the disciples to meet Jesus in Galilee. The sermons asks, if we were one of the women (and we are, by the way!), do we take this unbelievable news back to the disciples or ignore it?
April 5, 2012
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Maundy Thursday is a special evening service. Included in this are sound files of the sermon, Communion, and tenebrae readings. In the Gospel lesson before the sermon, Jesus washes the feet of the disciples and then tells them to love one another as he has loved them. The sermon explores the question, What kind of love, then, are we to show one another?
April 1, 2012
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Palm/Passion Sunday. Instead of a sermon, our Plymouth dramatic team offered a dramatic reading of the Passion Narrative. We do this every year, and it is always powerful and meaningful. After Jesus is crucified, we have a long period of Holy Silence, relight the Christ candle, and then leave in silence. I included a few minutes of the silence at the end of this. No text, just audio.
March 25, 2012
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Jesus was killed by Rome, but whenever innocent people are killed, bullied, harassed, neglected, or denied justice or human dignity, we kill Jesus again. Unfortunately we have gotten good at it. But the good news is that he shows us The Way out of that pathology, into the way offered by Jeremiah in which God's law will be written on our hearts.
Listen We brought out the percussion instruments for an all-congregation band as we sang the hymn "In the Wilderness"
Listen Select members of our church sing the hymn "God Weeps" during the offering.
March 18, 2012
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God doesn't eliminate the snakes in our lives, but does save us from the effects of those snakes, seen in the face of Jesus' unconditional love raised up on the cross.
March 11, 2012
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The Jesus of John's Gospel was a radical religious reformer who turned the tables (in today's reading, quite literally) on the dominant religious thought that faith was about specific ritual and belief, even at the expense of the needs of the people that the religion of God was supposed to serve. How do go about being the church today?
March 4, 2012
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Jesus said "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." What is/are your cross/crosses?
February 26, 2012
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Don't give in to the temptation of an easy or convenient faith that blames the unfortunate for lack of faith or celebrates the prosperous as being especially righteous.
February 22, 2012
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An Ash Wednesday message about not giving up something that we enjoy for Lent, but instead give up the bad habits and false ideas that leave us failing to live the full lives that God wants for us.
February 19, 2012
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Rev. Art Wille was our guest preacher offering a message on the Transfiguration.
February 12, 2012
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By touching a leper and making him clean, Jesus takes his place as an exile in the wilderness by taking the man's uncleanness upon himself in a sacramental and sacrificial act of love.
February 5, 2012
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Jesus makes clean the unclean and restores us to wholeness of being and wholeness of community.
January 29, 2012
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The miracle of Jesus casting out the unclean spirit from the man in the synagogue is the miracle of restoring the man's dignity and right to exist in the religious community.
January 22, 2012
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We learn, through Jonah's story of refusal then acceptance, that God ensures success whenever we follow God's will.
January 15, 2012
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A sermon on my favorite Psalm, number 139. It is a beautifully poetic love song to God that speaks of God's overwhelming love and care for us.
December 24, 2011
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Listen to our entire Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols and much special music. No text for this.
December 18, 2011
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Listen to the children's Christmas Pageant, a retelling of the story from the point of view of Joseph, Mary, a shepherd, and a magi. (no text available; audio only)
Dec 4, 2011
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The only "war on Christmas" is the one we Christians have been waging. It is time to wage peace on it.
November 23, 2011
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Thanksgiving Eve sermon about the ground and God's providence. It begins and ends with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with routes through the Exodus, the Congregational potluck that was the first Thanksgiving, Star Wars, Nintendo, and cameos by Carl Sagan and Jim Gaffigan.
October 9, 2011
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The Israelites, anxious because Moses and God seem to be missing, demand that Aaron make a god for them. We need not let anxiety drive us to false idols that promise relief, but which create only more anxiety, because God keeps promises and is leading us to holy land.
October 2, 2011
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On World Communion Sunday, we read the story of Moses receiving the first set of tablets with the Ten Commandments, and the parable of the wicked tenants.
September 25, 2011
The title "Jesus is LORD", used by Paul and other first generation Christians, was a hugely political message against the Emperor of Rome who thought of himself as the one and only lord of all the world. Guest preacher George Stecher delivered a meditation on the political and religious importance of this title for Jesus. (This title will play a huge role again on Nov. 20, which is Christ the King Sunday).
September 18, 2011
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For the first time, God is a god of a whole people - and they begin to rebel because they are in the desert without food.
September 11, 2011
Guest preacher Rev. Jeanny House delivered the Good News today. Unfortunately, no recording or text of this message exist.
September 4, 2011
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What kind of god slaughters the firstborn of all people and animals in an entire nation? Today we tackle a diffcult text - the first Passover; the night of liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. A great victory, but one that comes at a cost of human suffering beyond imagining.
August 28, 2011
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Moses was told to take off his sandals because he was on holy ground. Do we notice the holy ground and holy moments with which we are constantly blessed?
August 21, 2011
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Shiphrah and Puah, faithful women and our spiritual ancestors, save Moses and the male babies of the Hebrew women by saying "No!" to Pharaoh. Their faithful disobedience saves Moses' life.
August 14, 2011
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Christian Education chair Kay Stecher preached about the beatitudes, which were the theme of the previous week's Vacation Bible School. No text available yet. For more fun, you can also listen to John's piano playing, the band playing I saw the Light, and Katy singing The Lord's Prayer.
August 7, 2011
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Joseph's eleven brothers hate him and sell him into slavery. But even such reckless hate can't prevent God from finding room for grace to prevail.
July 31, 2011
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Jacob spends a night wrestling with God which leaves him a changed person. And if he can, so can we!
May 15, 2011 When sometimes dramatically different voices claim to speak for Jesus, we can ignore the voices of chaos by listening only to those voices that sound like our shepherd's - words of love and grace, hope and inclusion, redemption and reconciliation.
May 8, 2011 Easter 3. Jesus is known through sharing bread, and in chaotic times we become Jesus for others by doing the same.
May 1, 2011 Easter 2. Thomas declares one of the great mysteries of our faith: Jesus is Lord and God.
April 24, 2011 Easter Sunday. Jesus rises from the dead to bring us new life in joy of the Kingdom of Heaven.
April 21, 2011 Maundy Thursday. Let tonight and this holy weekend be a time to let Jesus be the act-er and go deeply into the mystery of who Jesus is, what he has done, and what he is soon to do.
April 17, 2011 Palm/Passion Sunday. Not a sermon, but the script for the dramatic reading of the passion narrative based on John's account.
April 10, 2011 Fifth Sunday of Lent. Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, and can raise use to new life in the here and now as can bring new life to others.
April 3, 2011 Fourth Sunday of Lent. Jesus heals a man who has been blind since birth, and instead of marvelling at the transformation, the religious leaders are upset because it was an unauthorized healing done on the Sabbath.
March 27, 2011 Third Sunday of Lent. The Samaritan woman at the well from John 6 meets Jesus and allows herself to be transformed by his living water, and we can do so, too.
March 20, 2011 Second Sunday of Lent. How long, Lord? we people cry out so often. God keeps all promises, even when, as Sarai and Abram learn, it takes a while. In the midst of the Lenten/Wilderness times of our lives and our world, the promise of Easter is always at hand.
March 13, 2011 First Sunday of Lent. When faced with temptation, choose life.
March 9, 2011 Ash Wednesday meditation on meaning of ashes and dust on our journey to Easter resurrection.
March 6, 2011 (not in yet) Transfiguration Sunday. Mountaintop experiences of God must lead us back down the mountain to enter the muck and brokenness of the world, just as God did in Jesus Christ.
February 27, 2011 “Do not worry about tomorrow.” Fear is the enemy of faith, not doubt.
February 20, 2011 God says to be holy because God is holy. Holiness is lived out through radical love.
February 13, 2011 not in yet
February 6, 2011 Super Bowl/Souper Bowl of Caring and being light and salt to the world.
January 30, 2011 not in yet
January 23, 2011 not in yet
January 16, 2011 John the Baptist calls Jesus the “Son of God” and “Lamb of God”.
January 9, 2011 In response to shootings in Tucson as well as other bad things happening in the US and the world

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