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Why Lent

Confession: Lent is my favorite season.

It is not because I enjoy suffering or even sober events.
It is, however, because it is honest and authentic.

We are beautifully flawed and broken people, who live among beautifully flawed and broken people in a beautifully flawed and broken creation. Our flaws, our brokenness, and those of others and the creation separate us from one another, from neighbor, and from God.

Ash Wednesday humbly reminded us that we, our neighbors, and all of creation are temporary. It all was created from ash/dust and to ash/dust it will all return.

As a girl from the ‘Valley of the Sun’, I am aware that the phoenix dies, becomes ash, then rises again stronger than before. Similarly, we (as individuals, communities, and institutions) are called to die, to become ashes, to rise by the grace of God stronger and further shaped into the one that God has called us each to be.

THIS is the work of Lent.
It is about becoming aware of the distractions
that separate us from God and neighbor…

in order for vulnerable soul-searching…

in order for uncomfortable ‘Come to Jesus’ moments…

in order to return our attention to the cross, to Jesus the Christ,
and to the Triune God…

in order that we may be reconciled and reconnected to God and neighbor alike. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 10, 2019 in Sermons


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Prophetic Voice & Pitchforks

Last week, I shared that our story was to be continued…and so it continues today.

In our story (last week) Jesus has been teaching in synagogues, calling disciples, and performing miracles in surrounding towns. Jesus has returned to his hometown and home synagogue to read an assigned scripture from the Book of Isaiah, which proclaimed:

“I have been anointed to proclaim the good news to the poor,
release to the captive, sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free.”

After reading this good news per tradition, Jesus rolls up the scroll hands it to the attendant and sits; but he sits in a seat reserved for Moses or the long-awaited Messiah. The eyes of all are upon him as he says that this scripture has been fulfilled in their hearing of it.

At this point, Jesus is receiving a lot of looks.

The year of the Lord’s favor:
the forgiveness of debit, release of the captive and oppressed. Awesome!

The long-awaited Messiah is among us…AND it is a hometown boy. AWESOME!

We can imagine the wheels turning in their heads about the special treatment they expect, which has been a topic in the past. When they learn that there will be no special treatment, what is their reaction? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 5, 2019 in Sermons


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The Year of the Lord’s Favor

Since we have not been together in church for a couple of weeks, let us take a look at where we have been.

In this season of the “Time after Epiphany” is a time of ‘little’ epiphanies about who Jesus is and the mission of his ministry.

The first Sunday missed was the Baptism of Our Lord.

Before the Epiphany, we spoke about the 12-year-old Jesus in the temple giving a little attitude to his parents, Mary and Joseph, saying:

“How did you NOT know where I was? Of Course, I would be in my Father’s house”.

Afterwards, Jesus grew in favor according to the gospels but we do not encounter Jesus again until his baptism at approximately age 30. According to Luke, immediately after his baptism, Jesus is praying when the heaven opens, the Holy Spirit descends upon him, and he hears the voice of God saying:

“You are my Son, the beloved, with you I am well pleased”.

Apparently, Jesus needed time to discern (or ponder) this, so the Holy Spirit sent him into the wilderness for 40 days and nights. We will have this scripture next season (Lent).

Jesus has had his ‘temptation in the wilderness’.

Jesus has been to a wedding party Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 27, 2019 in Sermons


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