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Four Readings on Sunday

And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of…

Pentecost 10 Preview

“Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.” -John 6:11 Today is the first of five Sundays with Gospel readings from John 6, and the first Sunday of our Sermon Series on the Sacrament of…

Pentecost 8 Preview

And Herodias had a grudge against him [John the Baptist], and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John. –Mark 6: 19-20 Preparing for Worship Self-consciousness and guilt are useless unless they drive us to God. Herod and his wife prove it. They knew right from wrong, as we do. Herod assuaged…

Pentecost 7 Preview

“He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two…” Mark 6:7 Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith. Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that…

Sunday Worship Preview – Pentecost 5

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”  (Mk. 5:36) A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in Jesus’ time the hemorrhaging woman…

Sunday Worship Preview

“All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.” -Luke 1:66 At the brightest time of year the promised forerunner is born: John, who will go before the Lord to prepare his way and testify to Jesus Christ, the one…

Third Sunday of Pentecost Worship Preview

And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:34) A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not…

June 3rd Sermon Preview

Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” (Mk. 2:27-28) Sabbath observance is constituted repeatedly in the Bible – prohibiting us from gathering food, chopping or kindling wood, traveling, no yard work, no tying or…

Trinity Sunday Preview

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:3 When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words today. When…