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Love wins: Charlottesville, VA

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28    Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b      Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33     Oh, how Joseph’s brothers hated that tattletale, the younger, “favorite” brother, who flaunted a fine coat and a dream about power over his siblings. Jealousy and hatred … Continue reading

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Easter 3 2016: Peter, do you love me?

Lord Jesus Christ, transform your church.  Help us to know your voice, your presence, to have the courage to trust in you even when we think we know a better way.  Help us throw doubt “to the other side,” that … Continue reading

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Lent 4 2016: Rejoice!

Laetare Sunday   Check in for Lent: Did you give up something? Add something? How is that going? How can we, your faith community and family, help you keep your commitment in the next two weeks?   With the kids: … Continue reading

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Lent 3 2016: Oh, our humanity!

Exodus 3:1-15     Psalm 63:1-8     1 Corinthians 10:1-13     Luke 13:1-9 It sounds like today’s psalm is the perfect response to Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem from last week. Remember the lament: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, … how often have I desired to gather your … Continue reading

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Lent 2 2016: On being vulnerable

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18     Psalm 27     Philippians 3:17-4:1     Luke 13:31-35   On being vulnerable – even uncomfortable – in Lent Confident people, it is said, walk like this: with their arms behind their backs, their “full fronts” exposed. This is a … Continue reading

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Lent 1 2016: I wonder … a holy Lent

Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13  Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return … The action of putting a cross of ashes on our heads is a powerful one.  Immediately following a reading … Continue reading

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Easter 2016: Alleluia!

“Alleluia! Christ is risen! (The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!)   We have just proclaimed the truth of our faith. We have embellished it over the centuries, but our core truth is the resurrected Christ. Paul writes about it this … Continue reading

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Christmas 1c: Regifting

Isaiah 61:10-62:3     Psalm 147:13-21     Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7     John 1:1-18   Tabernacling … and regifting   It is a huge leap from baby Jesus in the manger to “in the beginning was the Word. It has been said that might be … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve 2015: Receiving a gift

Isaiah 9:2-7     Psalm 96     Titus 2:11-14     Luke 2:1-20   Receiving a gift   It’s here! With the lighting of four counting candles and a single white one, it is here. Christmas, Christ’s mass, is here. Christ is born.   With … Continue reading

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Advent 1 Year C: Come, Lord Jesus!

Jeremiah 33:14-16     Psalm 25:1-9     1 Thessalonians 3:9-13     Luke 21:25-36     [What is it that you are most waiting for … and how will you wait this year?]   Several days ago many of us gathered with friends and family … Continue reading

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