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Faith and Reality 5/26/2019

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Our gospel reading today is a quotation of Jesus, and it conveys a lot within a limited amount of text. To me Jesus’ words of peace are among his most meaningful messages, both in general and in the context of today’s discussion. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do […]

Sermons We Sing

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Although there are exceptions, most of our worship services in the Methodist and other Christian traditions include a sermon – perhaps designated as a message, homily, commentary, or meditation. The idea is that a pastor or other preacher or speaker will draw from prayer and scriptures ideas that he or she shares with a congregation. […]

The Hard Way

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Our life experience has taught us that there are at least two ways to approach a project, a task, a problem, or anything we want to accomplish. The best or better way is to obtain as much relevant knowledge as possible, give the matter an appropriate amount of thought, make any preparations that may be […]

Acts 5:27-32

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Let us pray: You alone are holy; you alone are LORD. You alone are worthy to be worshiped and adored. Mercy you have given, kindness you have shown. Love is you alone. LORD, you commanded your disciples to go to Judea, Jerusalem, and to all the earth to proclaim your gospel message. Yet, sometimes we […]

Luke 20:1-18

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Let us pray: Holy and living God, on this holy of holy days, we are awestruck by your love for us and all of humanity. Alleluia! Christ has conquered the grave and has restored us and all of humanity in relationship with you. How can we keep from singing? How can we keep from sharing […]

Luke 19:28-40

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Let us pray: Holy and awesome God, as we enter into this final week of Lent, we are reminded more and more of Jesus’ full humanity, of Jesus’ ministry and purpose in this world, and especially of God’s abundant love for creation and for all of humanity. Help us to see the work of God […]

John 12:1-8

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Let us pray: “Take my will, and make it thine; it shall be no longer mine. Take my heart, it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne. Take my love, my LORD, I pour at thy feet its treasure store. Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for thee.”[1] Loving and […]

John 12:1-8

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Let us pray: “Take my will, and make it thine; it shall be no longer mine. Take my heart, it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne. Take my love, my LORD, I pour at thy feet its treasure store. Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for thee.”[1] Loving and […]

2 Corinthians 5: 16-21

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Let us pray: Holy and awesome God, your love is unparalleled by anyone or anything. Through your Son, who knew no sin, you have reconciled all of humanity to yourself. As we journey through this season of Lent, we pray for your presence to be awakened in us. We pray that we may recognize the […]

1 Corinthians 10:1-12

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Let us pray: Your glory and power, O God, surround us in the sanctuary. We lift up our hands and call on your name. We are your people, thirsty for the living water you alone can give. When we consider how you have helped us, giving us a spring that gushes up to eternal life, […]