To Whom Do You Owe Your Allegiance?

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Reading from the Gospel          Matthew 22:15-22 (The Message)

15 That’s when the Pharisees plotted a way to trap him into saying something damaging.

16 They sent their disciples, with a few of Herod’s followers mixed in, to ask, “Teacher, we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately, are indifferent to popular opinion, and don’t pander to your students.

17 So tell us honestly: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

18 Jesus knew they were up to ...

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God’s Gonna Trouble the Water

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Reading from the Gospel                   John 1:1-10

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life,

and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, ...

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What Is It?

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Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures          Exodus 16:2-15

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained

against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.

The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died

by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt,

when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread;

for you have brought us out into this wilderness

to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the LORD said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread

from heaven for you, and each day ...

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Can a Fire Engine Be Green?

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Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures        Jeremiah 1: 4-10

4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.”

7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, “I am only a boy’; for you ...

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Just Five Little Words

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Hebrew Scriptures         Exodus 3:1-15

One: Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said,

Men:        “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush ...

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A Poor Single Mom in Haiti

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Reading from the Gospel         Matthew 16:13-20

When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi,

he asked his disciples, “What are people saying about

who the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some think he is John the Baptizer,

some say Elijah, some Jeremiah

or one of the other prophets.”

He pressed them, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah,

the Son of the living God.”

Jesus came back, “God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah!

You didn’t get that ...

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Total Eclipse of the Heart

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Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures                Psalm 133

How wonderful, how beautiful,

when brothers and sisters get along!

It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard,

Flowing down Aaron’s beard,

flowing down the collar of his priestly robes.

It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon

flowing down the slopes of Zion.

Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing,

ordains eternal life.


Sermon          Total Eclipse of the Heart 

 In just a little over 24 hours . . . millions of Americans

will gather within a 70-mile wide corridor

stretching across the heart of ...

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I Just Wanted to Be Sure of You

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Reading from the Gospel   THE MESSAGE          Matthew 14:22-33

22 As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people.

23 With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.

24 Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered ...

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You Just Gotta Love that Big Old Crazy God Farmer

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Reading from the Gospel                Matthew 10:1-9, 18-23

That same day Jesus went out of the house

and sat beside the sea.

Such great crowds gathered around him

that he got into a boat and sat there,

while the whole crowd stood on the beach.

And he told them many things in parables, saying:

“Listen! A sower went out to sow.

And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path,

and the birds came and ate them up.

Other seeds fell on rocky ground,

where they did not have much ...

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The Folks at the University of Chicago Didn’t Talk to Us

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Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures      Micah 6:6-8

“With what shall I come before the Lord,

and bow myself before God on high?

Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,

with calves a year old?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,

with ten thousands of rivers of oil?

Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,

the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and ...

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