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  • “Now?!”- Psalm 62:5-12, Mark 1:14-20– Jan. 25, 2015

    There are some things that you have to respond to immediately–a fire alarm, for example, a tornado alert, labor pains coming 2 minutes apart. As one mom reported, “My son was born 10 weeks early. I hadn’t even finished What to Expect When You’re Expecting. …

  • “Hearing Voices”– Genesis 1:1-5, Mark 1: 4-11– Jan. 11, 2015

      Here we are just two and a half weeks after Christmas, and the Baby Jesus is already a grown man. Mark cuts to the chase even more quickly in his gospel, bypassing any story or even mention of Jesus’ birth, and begins his account …

  • “Gifts for the Journey”- Matthew 2:1-12 — Jan. 4, 2015

      The Magi are the stuff of legend. Matthew says nothing about “kings” or “three”–he simply calls them “wise men from the East” and names the three gifts they brought–gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Nothing about camels, although the Isaiah passage talks about a multitude of …

  • Late Christmas Eve 2014– “The Hopes & Fears…”

      “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee [Bethlehem] tonight.” So wrote Philip Brooks and so we sang in the carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” a little while ago. “The hopes and fears of all the years…” “It’s been …

  • “Good News!?”– Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, Luke 1:46-55– Dec. 14, 2014

      Some have suggested that we not light the Candle of Joy today; that to light such a candle flies in the face of all the grief and suffering and rage in our nation and world– How can we light a candle of joy when …

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