April 7, 2017
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
March 31, 2017
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
March 25, 2017
"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
March 17, 2017
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
March 11, 2017
Do you have a favorite Bible person? Some might consider Abraham and Sarah to be among their favorites....those two intrepid ancients who left everything for this promise God gave them....or did they hear God correctly? Did they grow skeptical as the years went by, and no little kids appeared? How is the promise given to Abram connect with God's promise of God's love for the whole world?
Readings: Genesis 12:1-2; John 3:16
February 25, 2017
Who is Jeus, truly? Today's text gives us a glimpse of Jesus as truly God and truly human. How do the disciples react? How do we react?
Gospel reading: Matthew 17:1-9
February 17, 2017
Jesus concludes this text with the command to "Be Perfect". What? How do I begin to do that? Thankfully, we're not in this alone. Jesus promises to be with always and to send the Holy Spirit to help as well. He also shows how this can look in "real life" as he walks the walk during Holy Week.
Matthew 5: 38-48
February 11, 2017
Seeking to be an authentic Christian can be, indeed most days it is, a challenge. What does God want me to do with.....or about that........ Here Jesus adds another layer of complexity to God's commandments. Why? To drive us to the cross, to remind us that without God's love and forgiveness found there, we can do nothing.
February 4, 2017
What does Jesus ask us, his disciples, to do? Here, in this text from Matthew, Jesus announces that we are the light of the world. With that gift comes a responsibility to let our light shine before others.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5: 13-20
January 28, 2017
What does God really want from us human beings? The prophet Micah phrases it this way, "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God". Let's share stories of people we know who have done this...maybe somewhat imperfectly. And in sharing these stories, we help people to see that walking with God can be done...and by regular people...like you and like me.
Readings: Micah 6:1-8, I Corinthians 1:25-31
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