Water, Light, Spirit…BEGIN!

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Water is essential for life. Without water, we die. Without water, there is no life. Period. Look around the world right now and you’ll notice that there are far too many people who struggle to survive…because they don’t have access to drinking water. 844 million people don’t have clean water. (WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring […]

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A Taste Test

Psalm 34:1-8;18, John 6:51          Okay, do me a favor. Open your mouth and say “ah…” Go look in the mirror. You have taste buds. You know, those sensory organs on your tongue that allow you to experience tastes that are sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. See the bumps on your tongue? Those are called […]

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Bread Is Us, Is Them, Is Life

John 6:35-37; 48-51 So here’s the thing—bread is a universal food. Now it varies, of course. Some people eat wheat-based bread of all shapes and sizes. You’ve probably tried that at some point in your life—a flaky croissant, a baguette, an Italian loaf, even a doughnut. And even if you’re gluten intolerant, you have options. […]

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Authority: Listening and Trusting

Matthew 21:23-32 When I was in middle school I went to summer camp once. I remember bits and pieces of my experience there, and one thing I remember distinctly is a certain “game” the camp counselors had us play called a trust fall. Now I’m sure a lot of you have at least heard of […]

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Buried Treasure Inside You

Matthew 13:44-46 The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in their joy they go and sell all that they have and buy that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, […]

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Hidden Histories: What’s Cookin’

Matthew 13:31-35 He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air […]

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Sacred Connections

John 17:6-11 NRSV Perhaps you’ve heard of a little movie called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. One particular character in the story is called Chirrut Îmwe (played by Donnie Yen). Chirrut says a mantra throughout the film: I am one with the force and the force is with me. He repeats this phrase over […]

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Community within, Community Expressed

Sense8 is an original TV series streaming on Netflix, created by the Wachowskis, the two people behind the Matrix trilogy. Sense8, a play on the sensate, tells the story of eight strangers: Capheus, Sun, Nomi, Kala, Riley, Wolfgang, Lito and Will, each from a different culture and part of the world. As the story develops, […]

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What Gives You Life?

John 10:1-10 I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the intersection of religion and politics. Now before you run away after hearing this, please hear me out. I know some of us prefer to avoid that conversation, but I think it’s really important to address it. Religion and politics have been intertwined ever since human […]

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Who Do You Meet on the Road?

Luke 24     Not that long ago if we needed to walk, drive, or take public transportation to a place we asked other people how to get there. Then, we used paper maps. After that, we typed the address into a computer and printed out Mapquest directions. Remember that? Then the GPS with the somewhat […]

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