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Archive for November, 2017

  • December 24, 2017

    “God’s Will: Adapted by Mary”

    Lectionary Year B – The Fourth Sunday of Advent

    The Witness of Scripture: Angel visits are not all that they are cracked up to be. Far from being sweet meetings of assurance, those divine sojourners tend to disrupt our worlds in ways that can be frightening. After all, their first words are nearly always, “Fear not.”   This morning we come to the most […]

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  • December 17, 2017

    “Jesus, A Thief?”

    Year B – The Third Sunday of Advent

    The Witness of Scripture: Do you remember how anxious the world was just before the beginning of the new millennium? People were really worked up, almost to the point of widespread hysteria. What was going to happen about computers? And if things went wrong with computers just think of the domino effect with planes in […]

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  • December 10, 2017

    “When Heaven Isn’t What We Expect”

    Year B - The Second Sunday of Advent

    The Witness of Scripture: Mark’s gospel does not begin with angels whispering in Mary’s ear. There are no shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night, no wise men from the east following a star, no big-eyed animals standing around a straw-stuffed manger. Mark either did not know about those things or else he did […]

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  • December 3, 2017

    “Asleep at the Wheel”

    Year B – The First Sunday of Advent

    The Witness of Scripture: Today marks an interesting time in the church, the beginning of Advent, that time when our pulse quickens and anticipation heightens. Strangely enough, the church has become more and more interested in Christmas than Advent. Like Holy Week we love the pageantry of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday but tend to […]

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  • November 26, 2017

    “Sheep Expectations”

    Year A - 25th Sunday after Pentecost

    Sheep are frequently mentioned in Scripture; in fact, sheep are referenced more than 500 times throughout the Bible! Some of these references describe the agricultural system or the sacrificial system of ancient Israel. But many of these references to sheep refer to the relationship between the sheep and their shepherd as an image for our […]

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