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“The Losing, the Finding”

2nd Sunday in Lent

Mark 8:31-37


“A Day in the Life”

5th Sunday after the Epiphany

Mark 1:29-39

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“The Beginning of Wisdom”

4th Sunday after the Epiphany

Proverbs 9:9-12

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“More Will Be Revealed”

2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

John 1:45-51

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“The Vanished Wall”

Epiphany of the Lord Sunday

Ephesians 3:4-12

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3rd Sunday of Advent

Romans 8:18-23; Philippians 4:4, 5b

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“Beyond Heaven’s Hold”

1st Sunday of Advent

John 1:1-4, 14

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“A Hidden King”

Christ the King

Matthew 25:31-46

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“Yes, and Yes Again”

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Joshua 24:1-3, 14-28

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The Voice of Christ is Calling Me

Congregational hymn


19th Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 96:1-9

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“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…

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