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The Seasons Of Life

The progression from childhood through adulthood contains many seasons of growth, struggle and celebration.  The deep sense that God genuinely knows and loves us can bring encouragement and hope at any stage of life, and provides a powerful foundation for the values we hold, the way we treat people, and how we face the future.  Let’s remind ourselves, this week, of Gods love for us and call ourselves to love God and the people around us.

Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30

Glimpses of God

This week’s lectionary readings illustrate four of the most common ways that we come to know God – through scripture, in creation, in Jesus himself, and through one another as the church. If we know where to look, we might just discover that God is more present than we tend to think…

Readings: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; Luke 4:14-21; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

Water To Wine

This week’s lectionary readings illustrate four of the most common ways that we come to know God – through scripture, in creation, in Jesus himself, and through one another as the church. If we know where to look, we might just discover that God is more present than we tend to think…

Readings: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; Luke 4:14-21; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a;

Baptism Take Two

Jesus was launched into the public eye with his water baptism in the Jordan River. But even at that time, John the Baptist was already pointing forward to another kind of baptism that Jesus would introduce – a baptism “with the Holy Spirit and fire.” But did he mean by this?

Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

 

God Isn’t Just On Our Side

Much of the biblical story focuses on God’s relationship to, care for, and redemption of the Israelite community.  However, there is a movement throughout the text that reveals God’s plan is to be in relationship with, care for and bring redemption to all of humankind and in fact, all of creation.  The discovery that God isn’t just on our side, but has equal love and redemptive intention for all, has real ramifications for how we treat others.  Let’s discuss what it looks like for us to bring light and redemptive love to people who are outside of our personal ethnic or religious circles.

Readings: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:1-18