Staying Connected…

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Connect MORE with God and Connect with MORE people. Jesus encourages us to connect with his words “I am the vine and you are the branches.” in John 15:5.  We’re invited to connect and abide in the grace of Jesus Christ.  When we live in relationship with God and others, we receive the flow of love that touches and transforms … Read More

Who to Follow…

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Have we ever paused and considered to whom do we listen and follow?  Why?  What difference has it made in our lives?   Our scripture texts are favorites this week with Psalm 23’s “The Lord is my shepherd” and John 10’s “I am the Good Shepherd.”  I invite all of us to start pondering what it might look like to really … Read More

Dancing into Future…

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On that Easter day with Christ risen and alive, the disciples were unsure about their next steps.  Even with the joy they felt, they were disbelieving and wondering.  They did not know what was next.  Read Luke 24: 13-53 to see. Whenever we are uncertain, we like to fall back on what we know and have always done.  Christ invites … Read More

Dare to Dance

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As Easter people, we are called to dance our dances of freedom for all the world to see. Dances of hope. Dances of justice. Dances of love. During this season, post-resurrection stories point to the joy of living in the beloved community and extending that fellowship through our witness as we dare to dance and “sing out strong!”  Come and … Read More

The Journey…

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Jesus’ journey during Holy Week is one of love for God and for all of us.  Through the stories of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter morn, we hear the good news that life and love always wins.  We’re called to live that truth this day and always.  When we walk together hand-in-hand in God’s love with others, we really … Read More

The Day is Coming…

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One of my favorite scenes in the movie Field of Dreams is near the end when little Karin says, “Daddy, we don’t have to sell the farm.  People will come…to watch the game…like when they were children.” The prophet Isaiah speaks visions of hope to the people in exile. “God will come to save you.” “Eyes of the blind will … Read More

Work to Do…

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I invite all of us to read Isaiah 58: 6-12 this week. It reminds me of our theme song for Sunday, “God Has Work for Us to Do.” I’m intrigued by the closing verse of our Isaiah passage: You will be called Mender of Broken Walls, Restorer of Livable Streets. What would that look like in our neighborhood and community? Lead us … Read More

Forgiving…

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In the divisiveness and the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual violence in our world, we struggle with love and forgiveness.  Jesus instructed his disciples then and now to forgive those who hurt us.  When we pray The Lord’s Prayer we pray, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Peter hears that he is to forgive … Read More

I dream…

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In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a story about a king’s return.  The king lets some into his kingdom but others not.  What is the difference?  He welcomes those into his kingdom who gave food to eat, water to drink, welcomed the stranger, gave clothes to those in need, cared for the sick, and visited those in prison.  “When you do … Read More

How Long?

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Psalm 13 is a prayer of lament to God that asks “How long?”  How long must our struggles, pain, hardship, and disasters continue?   We’ve all been in the midst and asked the question of God–even with tears and anger.   We are hearing the anguished question from the students who witnessed and survived the shooting in Parkland, FL on Feb 14.  … Read More