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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…

Water People

EMAIL DEVOTION week of LENT 3 Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5) So if you are not sure what those little buggers are in the cover picture … well … they are earthworms. More properly, they “were”…

It’s Electric!

traditional sermon baptism of our lord Has anyone noticed a certain little thing that is happening these days. You’re in your car and you park it, turn it off, open the door, get out, go to close the door and ZAP! You’re watching tv, get up from the couch to go get a tasty snack…

Baptism of Our Lord Preview

And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” -Mark 1:11 In today’s Gospel reading we encounter the story of Jesus’ baptism. For the Gospel writer Mark, this is the beginning, where things get really exciting. The Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus, the heavens are ripped…

In God we Trust

traditional sermon pentecost 20 It is a question you have heard, no doubt, and maybe even spoken it yourself.  Usually it is voiced when you find yourself in a crowded and somewhat chaotic location – an amusement park … a busy playground … a toy store two weeks before Christmas.  You see a child wandering…

By Water and the Word

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL WEEK OF Pentecost 19 What does such baptizing with water signify?  It signifies that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts, and, again, a new man daily come forth and arise; who shall live before God in righteousness and…

Pentecost 18 Worship Preview

Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce.…

A Mother’s Love

Traditional Sermon Pentecost 11 The other night my husband and I were sitting around and Erik was reading some quotes about parenthood. Several of them came from the actor Ryan Reynolds who has a thing or two to say about this crazy thing called parenting. Some of his more famous quotes include:  And this one:…