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The Voice of Christ is Calling Me

Congregational hymn

“Beautiful!”

19th Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 96:1-9

 

“Turning Seasons”

15th Sunday after Pentecost

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11a

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“The Gentling of the Heart”

14th Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 18:21-34

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“The Call, The Name”

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 3:1-15

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“Love and Discernment”

9th Sunday after Pentecost

Philippians 1:3-11

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A woman’s husband abuses her. She throws him out, but he tells her that he’s sorry and that he has changed, so she takes him back. He abuses her again. She says, “Get out.” He says, “I’m sorry. Please?” “All right,” she says, and takes him back. Ask her why, and she says, “I love him.”

Or here is a girl whose parents adore her, give her everything she wants, cover her in affirmation and every possible freedom. Or maybe they go to the opposite extreme: they push her hard, are overly strict and constantly criticize. Either way, maybe one day she turns on them, starts making terrible choices, and wrecks her life. The devastated parents say, “But we loved her so much.”

Love can make poor choices, and not just in such obvious cases. From time to time we all face the challenge of how our love can be smarter. Love may be our greatest commitment, but moment by moment, circumstance by circumstance, how can love be expressed most wisely and truly? It is a question we have to ask, because human love is subject to confusions and distortions. Our love can be wrongheaded, naïve, sometimes even destructive. Read the whole story…

“Exchanging Burdens”

4th Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 11:28-30

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“Praying the Wound”

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 13

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“Rising into Oneness”

7th Sunday of Easter

John 17:1, 6-11, 22-23

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“Being Somebody Together”

5th Sunday of Easter

1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10

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