Seek the Gardener

March 22, 2019

  Has the promise of spring temperatures made you eager to do some outside yard work? Have you been pouring over seed catalogs or lingering near the flower display at Kroger's? If so, you might like this parable that Jesus tells about the patient gardener. This patient man has waited 3 years for a fig tree to produce some figs. The owner is anxious to put a new tree in this spot, but the gardener has hopes that maybe next year this tree will produce fruit.
Gospel reading: Luke 13:6-9

Seek Protection

March 15, 2019

In Jesus' time, people sought protection in walled cities, built on hills to control the surrounding landscape. In today's world, walled cities are just a historical anachronism, but we often find ourselves in need of comfort and protection. When you've been in crisis or feeling overwhelmed, where do you turn for help?
Gospel reading: Luke 13:31-35

Seek to rely on God

March 8, 2019

When push comes to shove, what or who do we rely on? Our selves? Our own strength? Our intelligence? Our connections? When tempted by the devil, Jesus limits himself and relies on God's strength to withstand the temptation. In doing so, Jesus shows us the depth of God's love for us...that we can and should trust in God when we are in the wilderness.
Gospel text: Luke 4:1-13

Seek to Listen

March 1, 2019

In today's world, we are bombarded by sound--from cell phones ringing to ambulances sirens, from car alarms to TV's. In this barage of noise, what do we choose to pay attention to?
On the mount of Transfiguration, Jesus is revealed in glory. A voice thunders: "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" How do we focus on Jesus's words?
Gospel reading: Luke 9:28-36

Seek to be inclusionary

February 1, 2019

Ever had to pick team members for a game in gym class? Ever been the one standing in line with others, hoping that this day you'll be chosen sooner than normal? Your day can be made or you can be devastated based on when you were chosen in the line-up! We humans use this system to select people quite often. But does God? Who would God pick for God's team?
Gospel reading: Luke 4:21-30

Seek Assurance

January 12, 2019

What does it mean to belong to God?  To have God us call "my own"?  It's pretty incredible that God, who created the Milk Way and countless other galaxies, wants us, calls us to be in relationship with God. And yet, that is exactly what God wants!
Bible readings:  Isaiah 43:1-7, Luke 3:21-22

Seek the Angel’s message

December 23, 2018

When angels and humans meet in the Bible, what are the first words the angels say?  How are their words good news to us? 

Gospel reading:  Luke 2:1-20
A Blessed and Merry Christmas to you!

Seek to be impressed

November 16, 2018

What human structures do you find impressive? Why? The disciples are easily impressed by the temple in Jerusalem, until Jesus shares with them what lasts forever.
Gospel reading: Mark 13:1-8

Seek to become generous

November 9, 2018

 Have you ever given your very last bit of food away?  How about your very last pennies?  In today's readings, two different widows, separated by many hundreds of years, do just that.  Given their example, how can we be less than generous?

Bible readings:  1 Kings 17:8-16, Mark 12:41-44

Seek to join Isaiah’s feast

November 2, 2018

How do you imagine heaven? The Old Testament prophet Isaiah speaks of a feast, a banquet, of delicious things spread out for all...and there's still more...the end of tears and death itself. Pretty amazing, isn't it!! This is our future.
Bible reading: Isaiah 25:6-9