God’s dream/calling for us

What happens when the plans for your life don’t work out as expected? Our readings today offer examples of people in the Bible whose lives ended differently than they thought. What is Mt Zion’s calling (fancy word for God’s dream for us)? Children’s Sermon What do you want to be/do when you grow up? Why? […]

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Tree planted by water

The image in Jeremiah, of a tree planted by water sending its roots down to the stream, is an image that is also used in Psalms. The sermon Jesus is giving in the gospel of Luke sounds a lot like the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus gives in Matthew. Our texts today have images […]

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When God calls a prophet

What would your excuse be? Prophets always have excuses for why they are not up to the task. Do you remember what Moses said? (I have never been eloquent.) What does Jeremiah say? He’s too young! He hasn’t gotten his PhD in prophecy yet? What would your excuse be? The role of prophet was a […]

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It’s all a matter of perspective!

A man is talking to God “God, how long is a million years to you?” God answers, “To me, it’s about a minute.” “God, how much is a million dollars to you?” asked the man “To me, it’s about a penny.” God replied. “God, may I have a penny?” said the man “Just wait one […]

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Getting what’s fair

The pay was fine, until the all-day workers found out that everyone else was paid the same, when they didn’t work as long. Jesus is offending the scorekeeper in us all. We want to get what’s fair. With whom do you identify in this parable? I’m going to go out on a limb, and bet […]

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The vocation of Katie Luther

Maybe you’ve seen the cartoon where a monk, in the basement of a library, is leaning over a book, sobbing,. An old priest walks in, “What’s wrong? What’s the matter?” “It doesn’t say celibate. It says celebrate. We’ve misread it all these years.” Easter morning, 1525 (eight years after nailing the 95 theses to the church […]

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How the light gets in

Right on the tail of the “blessed are’s,” (you know — the poor, the meek, the mourners) comes this passage in Matthew. So who is Jesus talking about? I know the kind of people I call salty and luminescent, but does Jesus have the same definition that I have? To figure out just who these […]

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