Messages

Staying Put

It wasn’t the greatest feeling I’ve ever had. Standing in front of everyone last week during the time of greeting rambling on about COVID-19 and not being sure what the next right thing to do was. Still, even in retrospect, I am not sure I can think of a more comfortable alternative. I wasn’t sure […]

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Eat Something!

A message inspired by John 4:5-6; 31-38I felt very on top of things last Saturday when I sent Connor an email including both my scripture passage and my theme for today. Early planning allowed for a creative solution to avoid preaching on the upcoming lectionary passage which just happened to be the same passage I […]

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Trashed

Inspired by 1 Corinthians 2: 1-12There is an overarching theme in 1 Corinthians leading us to reimagine discipleship as a lifestyle that is compassionately connected and intentionally countercultural. To imagine, as Paul suggests, living in this world while behaving as though we are not of this world.  Let’s begin with the basics:When Paul cleans out […]

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Something About a Servant

Another Message Inspired by Isaiah 49: 1-7 Isaiah 49: 1-7, entitled, “The Servant’s Mission,” is my new favorite scripture. It seems to say, in seven consecutive verses, everything there is to say about being a disciple of Christ, a Chosen One sent on a servant’s mission. Of course, to really hear the Scripture, to feel it […]

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The Wisdom of Winning

A Message Inspired by Isaiah 49: 1-7Two weeks ago, my daughter’s sixth grade class began playing the World Peace Game. I had never heard of nor experienced this game myself, but the number of emails sent to parents prior to the Game’s beginning led me to believe this Game was either going to be the […]

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Saving Jesus

Inspired by Isaiah 42: 1-9Last week Jesus was a baby in the manger where the Magi traveled to bring him exotic gifts. This week Jesus is thirty years old standing in a river being baptized. It’s frustrating to me, as well. I’m sorry. There is nothing I can do about this notable omission of childhood […]

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The Animals – Christmas Eve Message from The Land

Based on Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)So far at The Land, our December Saturday morning gatherings have highlighted stories about angels, about Mary and Joseph, about shepherds and kings…everyone who has been positioned in the Nativity Scene has had their moment on the brightly lit stage of our theological review. The only guests left waiting for their […]

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Bad Decisions

Based on Matthew 1: 18-25On Thursday night, I drove Fiona up to Georgetown to ride the historic train for a special event they called, Santa’s Lighted Forest. In retrospect, that is exactly what it was; a train ride through a forest decorated with lights featuring a visit from Santa on the train. In retrospect, there […]

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The Birth of a Blessing

Based on Luke 1: 46-55Fiona was just four years old when she asked that I include in her bedtime prayer the request that God would not make her have a baby like he did with Mary. Explaining to a four-year-old that this wasn’t something she needed to lose sleep over turned out to be a […]

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The Miracle of Moving On

A message based on Luke 17:11-19 (NRSV)We’ve heard this story before. Or, at least, the general moral narrative placed into various platforms. The arrival of the unlikely hero, the unpredictable model, the unwelcomed prophet. Ten lepers are healed by Jesus and only one turns back to praise Jesus. Could you imagine how out of place […]

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