YouTube Video Our texts this week are deeply intertwined in its history, as well as our own time and place. First, I want to talk about the image of light which started in Advent and has continued in this Time after Epiphany. During Advent, we have the wreath that symbolizes the light banishing the darkness. The light… Continue reading Light to the Nations?
Click here for YouTube Video. Hello. We doing a two for one deal this morning. On January 8th was a feast day, the Baptism of our Lord Jesus (the) Christ. On January 15th, we cancelled church, but the texts are deeply connected and intertwined with the Baptismal texts of January 8th. On January 8th, our texts were Isaiah… Continue reading Our Mission, Shall We Accept It.
Click here for YouTube Video. This was our fourth and final Sunday in Advent. We shifted from a focus on the Second-Coming/end times to God breaking into our world, incarnated as the Christ-child. We often have the story of Gabriel visiting Mary, but in our Matthew text this week, we have the angel visiting Joseph. Mary… Continue reading Holy Family
Click Here for YouTube Video This Sunday was the third Sunday in Advent. We lit the pink candle because the theme of the day is JOY. During our "time with children", one of the youth noted that hope was mentioned a lot in our texts as well. Hope (the first candle) is important and goes… Continue reading True Joy
Click here for YouTube video. Transcript: Sunday was the First Sunday in Advent and I took a moment to talk about the Advent wreath. The Advent wreath is one white candle in the middle surrounded by three blue or purple candles and a pink candle. Now the blue (or purple) candles represent Hope, Peace, and… Continue reading Be Prepared
Click here for the YouTube video. Transcript: Sunday was Christ the King and for traditions like Catholicism, Lutheranism, and other Mainlines, we celebrate a liturgical Church year which ends with Christ the King Sunday. You may notice the change of color in the church building, the stoles that the priest or pastor wears. You may… Continue reading Christ the King: Our Year in Review
Click here for YouTube Video. Transcript: Our texts this week were from 2 Thessalonians 3 and Luke 21. In Thessalonians, Paul reminds us to not grow weary of doing what is right. [And] Luke 21 is a popular text about the end of the world; no stone will be left on stone, nation will rise… Continue reading Heal Wounds, Reconcile Divisions
Click Here for YouTube Video Summary The Transcript: On this All Saints' Sunday, our texts came from Daniel 7 and Luke 6. In Daniel, Daniel has a vision of four beasts that he is told will be leaders that emerge from the earth but that at the end of the day the kingdom will belong to… Continue reading In Faith, Trust, and … Pixie Dust?
Click here for the YouTube Video. The Transcript: Our text this week that we're focusing on comes from Luke 18 and its a parable about a Pharisee and a tax collector praying in the Temple. The Pharisee is praying from the center and his prayer is: "Lord, I do what I am suppose to do.… Continue reading Division
Click here for YouTube Video. The Transcript: Our texts this week comes from Genesis 32 and Luke 18. Genesis, Jacob wrestles with God through the night and in the morning he asks to be blessed. Jacob's name is blessed and is transformed (changed) to 'Israel' meaning 'one who has wrestled with man and God and… Continue reading Wrestling with God, Seeking Justice