Doubting often gets a bad rap in the church. I think that's a real shame--because as you'll hear, some pretty important people doubted at a pretty pivotal time in the life of the Christian faith. So, I say, go ahead and doubt.....but keep seeking, even as you doubt.
Gospel reading: Matthew 28:16-20
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want..... those familiar words to Psalm 23 are part of our focus today. But notice the pronouns in that phrase...my, I. When we visualize walking with Jesus the shepherd, it's often just you and Jesus. But the gospel calls us to be inclusive, to invite others to know God's love. Who are you called to invite?
Gospel reading: John 10:1-10
Ever felt like your whole world has come crashing down around you? That's where the disciples are on Easter evening....and they've locked themselves in the house because they're so worried and scared. What happens next is pretty remarkable!
Gospel reading: John 20:-19-21
Why does Jesus choose to ride a donkey on Palm Sunday? A horse would certainly be more majestic; a camel would imply being part of wealthy caravan; even an ibex has a hint of the exotic. But a stubborn, independent, homely creature? What does Jesus choice say about him and about us?
Gospel reading: Matthew 21:1-11
Ever feel overwhelmed? Beyond stressed? Sure that everything is completely and totally falling apart?Yeah, the Psalm writer has been there too. The writer found help in remembering God's steadfast love. Listen to what a difference that makes for the writer, and perhaps, for you, too.
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 130
"For the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart". (I Samuel 16:7) God often chooses unlikely people to carry out God's work and mission in the world. That happens as David is annointed to be king over Israel. What would it mean if we looked through God's eyes to see the potential God sees in those around us? Reading: I Samuel 16:1-13
Change is sometimes seen as scary and difficult. Yet, in today's gospel, a woman meets Jesus and her life is changed...for the better. She emerges from their conversation as a leader.
Through her example, is Jesus calling you to lead, to tell the story of his love for all?
Gospel reading: John 4:5-42