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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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A gospel that surprises – Part Four of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent – March 26, 2017 Luke 16:19-31 and Psalm 41:1-3 “From scarcity to abundance” If any of us have seen Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, we might remember Jacob Marley in the story. He came back from the dead to warn his colleague, Ebenezer Scrooge, to repent from his selfish, miserly ways, before it is too late. Scrooge was then given an opportunity to see life through...
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A gospel that surprises – Part Three of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent - March 19, 2017 Luke 15:1-32 and Psalm 119:167-176 "Joyful foolishness" Have you ever thought about it? “What does the word ‘prodigal’ mean again?” When I looked it up I was astonished. How does that word mean “recklessly extravagant...one who spends or gives lavishly or foolishly?” How did I not know that yet? Because I'm quite sure that that’s more or less how I’m goin...
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A gospel that surprises – Part Two of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent - March 12, 2017 Luke 13:31-35 and Psalm 122 An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure “To The Arctic” reveals a compelling tale of survival. Narrated by Oscar winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as never before captured on film, as they navigate the changing ...
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A gospel that surprises – Part One of Lent

First Sunday of Lent - March 5, 2017 Luke 10:25-42 and Psalm 15 When it comes to Jesus’ parables, there are often so many explanations for them, that you wouldn’t believe it. If there is one parable of Jesus that we all know and the world out there is also extremely familiar with, this is it. For example, you hear phrases like, “Oh well, I thought I should be the Good Samaritan and so I cared fo...
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Mystery of God

Transfiguration Sunday - February 26, 2017 Luke 9:28-45 and Psalm 36:5-10 I am a fairly obsessive person, whenever I find something that I like I tend to really like it. I go fully in right away and immerse myself in that lifestyle. It has happened in my life with soccer, craft beer, and hiking.. For example a few summers ago I was really into the Narnia series by CS Lewis. I read through the en...
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A strange question…or is it?

6th Sunday after Epiphany – February 12, 2017 Luke 7:18-35 and Psalm 146:5-10 “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” What a question to ask Jesus just after He had just raised a widow’s only son from the dead. It should have explained everything. Or, perhaps this question “Are you the one who is to come” isn’t all that strange after all. Pat Collins was positive that...
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Jesus is into reaching out to all with full compassion

5th Sunday after Epiphany - February 5, 2017 Luke 7:1-17 and Psalm 119:105-107 One aspect of the ministry of Jesus was healing. When He met someone who was hurting and needed help, Jesus seemed to often ask, “How can I help?” He had a heart filled with compassion and a desire to not only relate to the pains and struggles of others but to also try to make their lives better when He could. In t...
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Jesus is about bringing wholeness

4th Sunday after Epiphany – January 29, 2017 Luke 6:1-16 and Psalm 92 Three year old Kelly Ann hated church. It was a time when she had to sit still and be quiet for an hour. Nothing fun or exciting happened at church. It was boring and, if she made a fuss, people would stare at her with mean looks and she would be punished. Like the Pharisee, we have continued the tradition of Sabbath rule m...
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