Happy Reformation!

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures  Psalm 46:1-11
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it …

To Whom Do You Owe Your Allegiance?

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 …

God’s Gonna Trouble the Water

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 …

What Is It?

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 …

Can a Fire Engine Be Green?

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 …

Just Five Little Words

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 …

A Poor Single Mom in Haiti

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, …

Total Eclipse of the Heart

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 
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I Just Wanted to Be Sure of You

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 …

You Just Gotta Love that Big Old Crazy God Farmer

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 …