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“Being Led Where You Don’t Want to Go”

3rd Sunday of Easter

John 21:15-19

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What if you could write the script for the rest of your life? If you could choose what will happen from here on, what would it be? Long life, good health, productive work, happy retirement, loved ones around you? Where would you want to go? What would you want to achieve and enjoy? Imagine – writing the script for your future. Read the whole story…

“Not Here”

Easter Sunday

Luke 24:1-11

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We gather this morning to celebrate this central proclamation of our faith – Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! And yet isn’t it odd that not one of us knows what actually happened that resurrection morning? This is the defining story. Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised. The Gospels tell us all about his crucifixion. They show us his burial. But his resurrection? Nothing. God only knows what happened in the tomb. The Gospels have no words for it. From Friday afternoon until Sunday morning, what we get is one long silence. Hope has been silenced. Jesus has been silenced. God has gone silent. Read the whole story…

“From One Degree to Another”

Transfiguration Sunday

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

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Many of us started this morning by greeting someone or being greeted by someone with the words, “Happy Valentine’s Day!” Maybe someone even wished you a happy Chinese new year. But here inside the church we are celebrating something else, too. There are no greeting cards for it, and no expectations for flowers, chocolates, or gifts. I know of no one who goes out for a romantic dinner in celebration of it. We observe it every year, but most of us would be hard-pressed to say why. But let me be the first to wish you a good one: Happy Transfiguration Sunday!

Perhaps you remember the transfiguration story. Read the whole story…

“Lord of the Broken Nets”

5th Sunday after the Epiphany

Luke 5:1-11

It had been a night like any other night for Simon and his friends. They had spent the whole night fishing. But for all their work, they had come back to shore with nothing. They stood there next to their boats, washing their nets, ready for a hot breakfast and a long nap. And up walks this man who just steps into Simon’s boat, sits down, and starts teaching. A crowd is pressing in on him, anxious to hear the word of God, and so he delivers it, sitting in Simon’s fishing boat. Read the whole story…

“Beloved”

Baptism of the Lord

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

If you had gotten to be the one to pick the name on your birth certificate, what name would you have picked? Would you have chosen something more original? – or less? Is there some name you think would fit you better than the one you got? Read the whole story…

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