Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2016’

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Easter 2016

A glorious array of lilies on the altar, exuberant music by the singing choir and the hand bell choir, an inspiring sermon by Pastor Mary Lee-Clark, an Easter egg hunt for the children, and special “prizes” such as the purple potted plant…all made for a memorable Easter celebration.

“Whose Story?”– Isaiah 65:17-25, John 20:1-18– Easter– March 27, 2016

All four gospels have Resurrection stories, and none of them are the same. In some, Jesus appears to all of the disciples together, in others to only two of them, in the one from John which we heard a few minutes ago, Jesus first appears to one person, a woman, Mary Magdalene. The only thing all these stories have in …

Early Easter 2016 – March 27, 2016

It’s only a 3-letter word, but it runs through Luke’s whole account of what happened on Easter morning.  That 3-letter word is “but”–a “conjunction,” if you remember that from grammar, a word that joins phrases. Luke’s account in chap. 24  actually begins with “But”–which you’re technically not supposed to do–but it’s a “defiant conjunction,” as one writer puts it [Theo. …

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Jungle Wilderness

On Sunday March 13 a Wilderness of Jungle surrounds a jar of nard, the fragrant oil that Mary poured on Jesus’ feet.

“The Fragrance of Life “– Isaiah 43:16-21, John 12:1-8 — March 13, 2016

Jesus was in the wilderness for forty days, we are told, getting clear about who he was and Whose he was, and these 40 days of Lent are meant to help us do the same thing. We’ve explored different kinds of wildernesses–the geographic ones, like desert, mountains, ocean, forest, not intentionally leaving out the wilderness of the Great Lakes, as …

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Knitting

A hand-knit sweater and hand-knit baby blanket are pictured above. As in past years, knitters of our congregation made a large number of each. With Church World Service no longer “doing” baby kits,” 25 baby blankets and 25 baby sweaters (many with intricate patterns) were donated to the US Committee for Refugees. The women also donated “one-zies,” and receiving blankets …

“Lost”- Psalm 32:1-7, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32– March 6, 2016

Most of us have heard this story that Ted just read for us many times. We may know it as the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Even if we haven’t heard this story, if we’ve ever heard the word “prodigal” used–and it’s not all that common outside “church-y” contexts–it’s probably attached to the word “son”–”prodigal son.” Actually, the word “prodigal” …

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Ocean Wilderness March 6

Blue waves of ocean wilderness rolled on the altar table, surfing onto a shore of beautiful shells and drawing congregation members after worship to yet another “Wilderness” diorama during our Lenten exploration of wildernesses, geographic and spiritual

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The Wilderness – Desert

Congregation members admire the desert wilderness created on the altar by Barbara True-Weber and Mike Weber.

“Thirsty for God”– Psalm 63:1-8, Luke 13:1-9– Feb. 28, 2016

I remember exactly where I was when I got both phone calls. The first one came just as I was getting up one Tuesday morning, and I answered the phone by our bed. It was my mother. “Mary, your dad died this morning.” The second one came when I was visiting my mother at her home in North Carolina. My …

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