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When the Spirit leads in very ordinary ways

Pentecost Sunday - June 4, 2017 Acts 2:1-4 and Galatians 5:16-26 Some Christians believe the event described in Acts represents the birth of the Church. When the Holy Spirit was sent to the crowd of believers on that Pentecost Day, fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection, it was the day the movement of Christ-followers was initiated. There was a sound, like the rush of a violent wind from above, a ...
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Freedom from so many tyrannies

Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 21, 2017 Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21 and Luke 18:9-14 Jill was raised to believe a lie. Her father told her that she was worthless and her mother agreed. In school, Jill’s teachers said that she was dumb and wouldn’t amount to much. Jill’s classmates ridiculed her and bullied her. Jill refused to believe all these voices. With an inner strength, one cl...
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Tedious but worthwhile…

Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 14, 2017 Acts 15:1-18 and Luke 2:29-32 A man is in a conversation with his friend, “I can’t take it anymore, it’s my wife. Every time we have an argument, she gets historical!” he says. “Don’t you mean ‘hysterical’?” asked his friend. “No, I mean historical, every argument we have, she’ll go, ‘I still remember that time when you…’” Our passage from Acts has ...
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The Good News: Who is it for?

Fourth Sunday after Easter: May 7, 2017 Acts 8:26-39  and Luke 24:44-47 What follows is a true story. Some details have been omitted to protect the identity of the persons whose story I am sharing. It was Communion Sunday. The minister was about to launch into his sermon. However, instead of standing at the pulpit, he walked over to the Communion Table and, with a vicious movement of hi...
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A radical gospel which can come with a price

Third Sunday after Easter - April 30, 2017 Acts 6:1-7:2a, 44-60 and Luke 23:33-34a, 46 We might ask, “What is the Good News in a passage like the one we just read?” It could be seen as a horrible example, or it can be read for what it is, spelling out the faithfulness of one of the first people to die for their faith, in a very similar fashion to that of Jesus Christ, the Head and Leader of o...
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Seeing Jesus

Second Sunday of Easter - April 23, 2017  Luke 24:13-35 As Christ-followers we have more in common with these two travelling disciples than we would think. The two disciples, perhaps two men, perhaps a man and a woman, maybe his wife, the text doesn’t say at all, these two were on their way to the town called Emmaus, only seven miles west of Jerusalem, where Jesus had just risen from the dead. ...
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Easter Sunday Liturgy

Worship on Easter Sunday 10:00 am – April 16, 2017 We gather to worship God Music prelude Processional: He is Lord                     Book of Praise # 252 Greeting L: Christ is risen! P: He is risen, indeed! Lighting of the Christ candle Welcome and announcements Silent preparation for worship Opening words: L: This is the day that the Lord has made P: Let u...
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Where do we stand with Jesus’ crucifixion?

Good Friday - April 14, 2017 Luke 23:32-47 and Psalm 31:5-13 Where do we stand with Jesus' crucifixion? On Good Friday, we are called for a little while to pretend that Easter hasn’t happened. We stand with the silent crowds, who watched helplessly, while Luke says: “They also led two other criminals to be executed with Jesus. When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified...
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Palm/Passion Sunday Liturgy

Music prelude Greeting Lighting of the Christ candle Welcome and announcements Silent preparation for worship Opening words: L: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!       P: Hosanna in the highest! L: Lift up your hearts!       P: We lift them up to the Lord! *Opening Praise:  Holy is the Lord I. Entry into Jerusalem Scripture reading:               ...
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A gospel that surprises – Part Five of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent – April 2, 2017 Luke 18:31-19:10 and Psalm 84:1-4,10-12 “A different spin on Zacchaeus” A local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they offered a standing $1,000 bet. The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass and hand the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the mo...
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