We May Not Be Able to Explain It

March 27, 2017

March 26, 2017 | The things people say and the things people think and do. The story from John’s gospel reading is no exception. It all began with a question, seemingly a simple inquiry. “Who sinned, this man or his parents that he would be born blind?” A question on the surface that seems simple enough. Did the disciples really believe though, that God looked down from heaven and said, “All right fellow, I’ve seen you cheating on your income taxes; I’ve seen you skipping church. So I’ve decided to make a precious baby of yours to be born blind.” Join us as we explore this together.

 

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Thirsting For More

March 20, 2017

March 19, 2017 | Why did the Samaritan woman come to draw water from the well at noon, the hottest time of the day? Could it be that she was trying to avoid the early morning crowds? The whispers and comments of the other women of the village?

What are the places in our own lives where we are embarrassed, where we avoid interaction with others? What are the noon day wells of your life?

This week as we hear the story of the Samaritan woman at the well and invite you to imagine yourself in her shoes.

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The Temptation of Jesus

March 5, 2017
March 5, 2017 | Matthew 4:1-11 | Playwright Oscar Wilde had a knack for formulating some of the most brilliant comments. One of the wittiest was, “Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them more.” As well, “I can resist everything except temptation.” Boy we understand that don’t we? Just think of the last time you went to the grocery and passed all sorts of cookies, desserts and salty snacks. You may not have gone in for any of these but you just might leave with one. 

For Jesus, during his 40 days in the desert, his temptations began. Starving, dehydrated, something tempts him to relieve his suffering. Does he give in to it?

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A Moment of Clarity

March 2, 2017

February 26, 2017 | Matthew 17:1-9 | Think about the significance of being in a place where something happens to you that becomes a kind of benchmark, a defining moment that you return to in your memory. Sometimes you can even literary see more and more how you have been changed by what happened there in that place. Sometimes you have the need to go back to that place because it is there that you find strength to go on. You have learned something there that changed you — changed the way you look at your lives. Some of us might experience that defining moment as a wonder or a kind of positive experience, a mountaintop experience. Here something happens that takes us by surprise by its sudden clarity and brilliance, and we experience something we’ve never experienced before, something that takes our breath away. This Sunday we hear the reading from Matthew’s gospel of Jesus and the disciples up on the mountaintop. There in that moment, as the disciples gather with Jesus, something happens that will become their moment of clarity.

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