Archive for May, 2015|Monthly archive page

Here Am I. Send Me!

An encounter with God inspired the Old Testament prophet Isaiah to make himself available to go out and carry God’s message. As we consider the challenge of such a brave venture, we’ll hear from Craig and Leilani Bauman and family as they share a story of how they have said, “Here Am I” in their own way.

Readings: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17

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Bleeding Daylight

There are moments when the darkness seems overwhelming, the pain unbearable, and the despair palpable.  Today’s lectionary Scripture readings address the despair felt by brutally oppressed captives, a locked room full of mourners, and an earthquake wracked planet.  Is there anything that can give enough hope in the face of our despair to ‘kick at the darkness til it bleeds daylight’ (Bruce Cockburn)?

Readings: Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-35, Romans 8:22-27, John 15:26-27, 16:4-15

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After surprising his followers by appearing to them after his crucifixion, Jesus wraps up his time on earth with some final words and then disappears from sight. The disciples are left with a vague notion of what they should do next, and a promise that the Holy Spirit would empower them.

Readings: Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 93, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53

Playing By The Rules

It’s probably fair to say that most people understand the value of rules – but that doesn’t always make it easy to follow them.  Jesus put a challenging way of life in front of his followers and said that obedience to his commands would lead to a life of joy and love/  Do we trust him enough to do what he says?

Readings:  Acts 10:44-48, Psalm 98, 1 John 5:1-6, John 15:19-17