Category Archives: Church Year

Pentecost 2019

This Sunday (June 9) is Pentecost Sunday — the day the church (since about the 4th century) observes the gift of the Spirit on the 120 believers and the birth of the church (Acts 2:1ff), liturgically symbolized by the color … Continue reading

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The Disruption of Lent

Lent is a 40 week season of preparation.  We’re working our way to Easter — a great celebration! — by taking seriously our spiritual formation, realizing that you can’t have a resurrection without a death.  Jesus calls us to die … Continue reading

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Friends, Readers, Countrypeople: Lent me your ears

Some people hear the word Lent and their Protestant shields go up, with phasers set on Reformation.  They’re weary of Filet-O-Fish commercials and forehead ash residue.  “We left that medieval stuff in the 1500’s, when Luther put that thing on the door!”  … Continue reading

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Preparation: Foresight and Intention (message prep)

Advent 1 – Luke 21:25-36 Year C Renovation Church Sunday, December 2, 2018 Preparation requires foresight and intention.  We need foresight to see that something is coming that will affect our experience.  It is foresight that makes us step on … Continue reading

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Every time I’ve gotten pulled over, it’s been for speeding. When the officer asked me how fast I was going, I could honestly say that I simply wasn’t paying attention. In much the same way, we can become inattentive to … Continue reading

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Jesus is the Better Noah (Lent 1, Year B)

Sunday, February 18, 2018 First Sunday in Lent (Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15, Psalm 25:1-10) Glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  Amen. We’ll start in Genesis 9 and talk about Noah and … Continue reading

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[RadCast] Advent (Psalm 89:19-26)

We often read Old Testament passages about kings and thrones and imagine a Middle Earth scenario that has little relevance for today. Quite the contrary: the promise of King David is fulfilled in King Jesus. He is the King we … Continue reading

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