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“A House of Mercy”

11th Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 25:31-40

Rev. Bill Foster, guest preacher

 

“Prayer Matters”

10th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 11:1-13

Rev. Joe Mortensen, guest preacher

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“Like a Tree”

9th Sunday after Pentecost

1 John 4:16-19

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“The View from the Ditch”

8th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 10:25-37

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“Where the Kingdom Is”

7th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 10:1-11

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During this season of vacations and travels, I have one question for you: how do you know what to pack?

In my experience, this is one of the most anxiety-making parts of getting ready for a trip – figuring out what to take and what to leave behind. Because what if you get to your destination and discover you failed to bring the one thing it turned out you absolutely needed? And which is worse – to overpack, or to leave behind something essential? Read the whole story…

“All In”

6th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 9:51, 57-62

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This past week our church website committee, which is in charge of overseeing the redesign of our church website, was given an unusual assignment. The design firm we are working with asked us to fill out a kind of “Mad Lib.” Do you remember “Mad Libs”? It’s a template word game where you fill our a series of blanks with whatever word you choose and then you see what kind of paragraph or story you have created. Our “Mad Lib” was designed to help our committee state, in a focused way, what is most essential to communicate to other people about who our church is. The paragraph began, “We are the only _______________ that _________________.”

It was a struggle. Because no matter how I filled in the blanks, what it sounded like hubris. “We are the only congregation in Ann Arbor that….” what? No matter what you put there – unless it’s horrible – it’s going to sound self-promoting. Read the whole story…

“Reclothed in Our Right Minds”

5th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:26-39

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“Do You See?”

4th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 7:36-50

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“The Resounding Yes”

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

2 Corinthians 1:15-20

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“As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we preached among you… was not Yes and No; but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why we utter the Amen through him, to the glory of God.”

 – 2 Corinthians 1:18-20

 

Listen to these lines from the poet E. E. Cummings:

i thank You God for most this amazing

day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything

which is natural which is infinite which is yes….

 

Listen again, just to the first phrase and the last: “i thank You God …  for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.” Read the whole story…

“The Twists and Turns of Leadership”

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 17:11-19

The Rev. Gretchen Sanewsky, guest preacher

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“Who Are We?”

Trinity Sunday

Psalm 8

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“Through Each, For All”

Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-18, 21

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“The Power of Our Influence”

Children & Youth Sunday Worship Service

7th Sunday of Easter

1 Timothy 4:11-16

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“Dearly Beloved”

6th Sunday of Easter

Acts 11:1-18

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“The New Way”

5th Sunday of Easter

John 13:33-35

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