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Life Together: Saying Our Prayers Together

Mark 11.12-25 Here we are again.  Another school shooting.  The death toll for 2018 keeps rising at an alarming rate. Here we are again.  Another week of pointing fingers.  Another week of oversimplifying answers, blaming the other for not doing what we know will work.  So instead we do nothing, until the fury dies down, […]

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Coming Off The Mountaintop

Sermon by Rev. Bethany Ruhl, our 2018 Martha Stearns Marshall preacher. Cover art by Armando Alemdar Ara: La Transfiguration. Coming Off The Mountaintop: Learning to Witness What Is Hidden in Plain Sight Mark 9.2-9 Tell me, what is it in your soul that is longing to be born?  We are about to enter into Lent now, a chilly winter […]

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North Pole, South Pole

1 Corinthians 9.16-23 How many of you have ever played the game “North Pole, South Pole?”  It is a favorite of youth groups, and while you may not have called it that, you might have played some version.  Basically, the game is played like this… Everyone stands up and the leader asks a question with […]

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Callings: Jonah

Jonah 1.1-3, 3.10-4.4   Jose sat down in the front hallway of his home.  He was dressed nicely – a tie and sport coat – like he had been every work day for decades.  But he was not going to work today.  For the first time in as long as he could remember, he was […]

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Callings: Samuel and Eli

I Samuel 3.1-20 Eli couldn’t sleep.  It was early in the dark of morning, and he lay in the tent at Shiloh.  The tent which housed the Ark of the Lord.  Between the darkness of night and the darkness of his aging eyes, he could barely see anything around him.  But he could still hear.  […]

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Callings: Mary

Luke 1.26-38 Everyone was packed like sardines around the holiday table.  Christmas Day was actually over a week earlier, but between work schedules and family obligations, this was the first time that all three generations could get together for a holiday meal. Going into the meal, Maria dreaded the conversation that awaited.  She had graduated […]

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Four Storytellers: Luke

Luke 1.46-55   Here’s the story that we have been waiting for! We finally made it to Luke!  For the last three weeks, we have been looking at each of the Gospels and exploring what their Christmas story looks like, and asking what that has to do with us.  We have struggled with the bare-bones […]

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Four Storytellers: Matthew

Matthew 1.18-25 One of my favorite Christmas movies is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  I think the reason I like it so much is that it is a helpful balance to the saccharine sweet of It’s a Wonderful Life or Dickens.  I love those, too, of course, but sometimes Clark Griswold is just more like real […]

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Four Storytellers: John

John 1.1-14 Kent woke up to the sound of his wife’s quiet pleas.  “Kenny…Kenny…”  It was the only name that she had called him in their 54 years together.  And she was the only one that could call him that.  He shut off his alarm and went into her room.  The lights of the hospital […]

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Four Storytellers: Mark

Mark 1.1-11 Today marks the first Sunday in Advent, and the beginning of a new worship series: Four Storytellers.  Over the course of the four weeks of Advent, in the midst of our Advent waiting, our preparation for the Christ child, I am going to take a different Gospel each week and spend some time […]

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