A “Common” Resurrection

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April 26, 2020 Luke 24:13-35   Mary Luti is one of the writers for the UCC’s daily devotional that gets emailed out. I always love it when her name pops up in my inbox because she never fails to inspire, or inform, or offer a perspective that leaves me a little better off than I […]

“What Makes Belief Possible?”

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April 19, 2020 John 20:19-31 Acts 2:14a, 22-32   I thought that to begin things we might just reflect a little on the gospel of John itself.  First of all, it was likely written over 1,900 years ago. That means that 80 or so generations have passed John’s testimonies about Jesus to one another as […]

“With Fear and Great Joy”

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April 12, 2020 Col. 3:1-4 Matthew 28:1-10 Easter Sunday   I’ve been finding that Mondays and Tuesdays are the hardest days for me. Sundays are great!  On Sundays I’ve been finding such energy and joy in seeing you all, worshiping with you all, finding inspiration and hope from some new angle on God’s love together.  […]

Palm Sunday and the Courage to Be?

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April 5, 2020 Mathew 21:1-11 Matthew 27:27-37   For the first week of this pandemic our theme for worship was healing prayer. Though the theme was in place before the pandemic caused all the closures, it seemed all the more appropriate to offer prayers for healing when we realized that being physically together was not […]

Online Worship March 22, 2020

If you missed our first online worship, or just want to re-experience it, you can view a recording here!

“Do Transfigurations Happen?”

Feb. 23, 2020 Matthew 17:1-9   Arius was a 4th century priest and theologian most known today in association with the great heresy of Arianism, which we are most apt to hear as a denial of the divinity of Jesus.  Interestingly, not too long ago I heard a preacher talking to his church about Arius […]

“Blessed are those who mourn.”

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Feb. 2, 2020 1 Cor. 1:18-31 Matthew 5:1-12   A nun from the Buddhist monastery that the Confirmation class and I are going to sent me an intro to Buddhism video the other day.  As I was watching I was reminded that at the very core of Buddhism – the central problem that Buddhism seeks […]

“Follow Me:” On Being a Disciple in a Secular Age

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Jan. 26, 2020 Matthew 4:12-23   I wonder if today’s gospel passage has a way of working against itself for modern readers, preventing us from really hearing it.  First, there’s this image of fishing and its connection to evangelism (which for some in and of itself is a questionable word.)  Whether you fish or not […]

Are We Capable of Epiphanies?

Jan. 5, 2019 Matthew 2:1-12   I’m not sure if this is a trend among UCC clergy or not, but I’ve heard it twice recently as if it were a matter of fact: it’s the notion that Jesus was a teacher and his sole intent was to be a teacher.  This was his calling and […]

Facebook and the Wilderness

Dec. 8, 2019 Matthew 3:1-12   As we come to the second week of Advent, which always features John the Baptist in all his eccentricity out in the barren, disordered, vulnerability of the wilderness calling for repentance, it comes to mind that in some ways Christianity as a whole is really in a state of […]

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