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“New Wine, New Wineskins”

20th Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:16-17

Rev. Dr. Molly T. Marshall, guest preacher

 

“Beautiful!”

19th Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 96:1-9

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“Habits of Thought”

18th Sunday after Pentecost

Philippians 4:4-9

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“The Glad and Generous Meal”

17th Sunday after Pentecost

World Communion Sunday

Matthew 19:16-26

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“Living Beyond the Questions”

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 10:25-37

Rev. Dr. Leo S. Thorne, guest preacher

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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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“To Turn and to be Taught”

13th Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 119:33-40

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“The Call, The Name”

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 3:1-15

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“Transformed Nonconformity”

11th Sunday after Pentecost

Romans 12:1-2

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“A View from Under the Table”

10th Sunday after Pentecost

Mark 7:24-37

The Rev. Gretchen Sanewsky, guest preacher

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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…

“Wrestling with Care”

8th Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 32:6-13, 21-31

The Rev. William Foster, guest preacher

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“The Kingdom of Heaven is Like…”

7th Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46

The Rev. Jodi-Renee Giron, guest preacher

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“Rise”

6th Sunday after Pentecost

John 11:1-3, 17-44

Rev. Dr. H. Stephen Shoemaker, guest preacher

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