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Down to Earth

by Stephanie Price

Inspired by Genesis 1:20-23 (NRSV)And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of […]

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Illuminating Luminary People

by Connor DeFehr

Genesis 1:14 And God said, “Let luminaries be in the firmament of the heaven for illumination of  the land come into being and rule the days and the nights and make a separation in  the midst of the day and in the midst of the night. And let them be for a sign and for  seasons and for […]

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The Third Day (Are we paying attention?)

by Stephanie Price

Inspired by Genesis 1: 9-13Three days into witnessing the unfolding of Creation and, if we are paying attention, a pattern emerges that holds the potential to shift our understanding of this first chapter in Genesis. Arriving to the third day of the creative process, we notice the loyalty to a liturgical pattern in which word […]

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Room to Grow

by Stephanie Price

Inspired by Genesis 1: 6-8 “Some scientists think life first took hold in the rocks. But from day one, life was an escape artist, always wanting to break free to conquer new worlds. Even the great big oceans couldn’t contain it” (Ann Druyan, Cosmos).  Last week we witnessed the dawn of creation with the rising of our […]

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Step Down

by Stephanie Price

Inspired by Genesis 1: 1-5 It is fascinating that the biblical Creation Story begins with this Great Ordering; a segregation of the world into spaces of light and spaces of darkness bound by containers of felt experience that we, ourselves, have organized into a concept called “time.”  About this Great Ordering, today’s commentator writes that, “inasmuch […]

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Ascension Through Christ – The Holy 1080

by Connor DeFehr

From John 7:37-39, Acts 2:1-21, sans vv. 9-11a.(Taken from the ACCS). “In the theological presentation of Luke, we first saw the reconstitution of the Twelve, and thus the new Israel (Acts 1:15–26), and the giving of the new law at a new Sinai at Pentecost follows this. Then, in Peter’s speech to the old Israel, gathered […]

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Come Home

by Stephanie Price

Inspired by Acts 1: 1-11 The beginning of the Book of Acts begins with a scene much like the beginning of our current pandemic; an experience so unbelievable that all are left standing dazed and confused, struggling to make sense of all that had been taken from them. Jesus, resurrected and returned just forty days early, […]

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Change Patterns

by The Land

‘Go back to the country you came from.’ My father was hard of hearing, so my 4-year-old son had to tell my father what the mean lady said. When they came home, my parents were shaken.  ‘Didn’t anyone say anything?’ I asked them. And they said, “No. There were a crowd of people who watched, who […]

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Cry Out!

by Stephanie Price

Though the backstory to today’s passage is helpful to understand, I want to warn you that the information falls short of anything leading us to a, “Oh, now this makes sense!” There is a lot more to Acts 7:55-60 than Acts 7:55-60: Acts 7: 55-60 is merely the abbreviated ending of a tragic story about […]

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Cover Up

by Stephanie Price

Inspired by Acts 2: 42-47Gram was not my grandmother, but at 99 years of age, this was how she was known to everyone in the church.  This is a story about Gram.  I was covering the phones in the church office for Gram’s biological granddaughter the day the police called the church office to say […]

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