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March 17, 2019

Epistle: Philippians 3:17-4:1 Gospel: Luke 13:31-35 In The Godfather movies, there’s a famous line, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” Ronald Reagan once called the Soviet Union an “evil empire.” After 9/11, George W. Bush spoke of an “axis of evil,”...

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The Temptations March 10, 2019

Lent 1 Mar 10 2019 Genesis 3:1-7    Luke 4:1-12 Traditionally, Lent starts with the story of the temptations of Christ. Today, it’s paired up with the story of the fall of Adam and Eve. Paul himself made the connection. Romans 5:18 says, Adam fell to temptation and...

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Valentines Feb 17 2019 Gospel: John 15:9-12 Sometimes the TV preachers say that you shouldn’t celebrate any of the Christian holidays because they’re all just pagan holidays, warmed over by the Catholic church during the middle ages. Now, for holidays like Christmas...

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Rough Roads February 3, 2019

Epiph 4 Feb 3 2019 2 Corinthians 12:5-10 Mark 6:1-11 The Let’s see: On Wednesday, it was so cold that every school and college was shut down. By Friday, it was 52. And people say, well, that’s Iowa! No. No, it’s not. The last time I remember it being that cold was...

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The Good Wine – January 20, 2019

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 John 2:1-11 The traditional gospel for this Sunday is this story of the Wedding in Cana: Jesus showed up at a wedding and turned water into wine. For John, this was a pivotal moment. In verse 11, he says, “This [was] the first of [the] miraculous...

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Your Are Mine January 13, 2019

Isaiah 43:1-2, 5-7 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 “You are mine.”  Did you catch those three little words in our Old Testament Lesson? In that first verse, the Lord says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” “You are mine.” It sounds...

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January 6, 2019 Epiphany

Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 Since we’re in the middle of a nice January thaw, let’s imagine what it will be like six months from now. Imagine a warm July evening. It’s lazy, peaceful, quiet… Quiet, except for an occasional electric crackle in the distance. That’s...

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Peace December 23, 2018

Adv 4 Dec 23 2018 Micah 5:2-5 Luke 1:39-55 So far, we’ve talked about the Advent promises of hope, love, and joy. Today, we come to the fourth promise: the promise of peace. Like love, “peace” is another one of those words that we throw around so freely that it means...

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Joy December 16, 2018

Adv 3 Dec 16 2018 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-20 So far, we’ve talked about the Promise of Hope and the Promise of Love. Today, we come to the Promise of Joy. In the ancient church, the call to worship for this Sunday came from our epistle lesson, where Paul tells...

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Love December 9, 2018

2 Adv Dec 9 2018 Malachi 3:1-4 Philippians 1:3-11 Last week, we started Advent with the Promise of Hope. Today, we turn to the second promise—the Promise of Love. Paul spells it out in our epistle lesson. In verse 9, he says, “And this is my prayer, that your love may...

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The Commission on a Way Forward

Sunday School

Sunday School classes for grade school, middle and high school students start at 9:15am.  Kids can be dropped off (but please walk into church with them) and then picked up at 10.  Worship starts at 10:30.  We’d love for your kids to join in the fun of learning about Jesus’ love for us!

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