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June 26, 2022 Third Sunday after Pentecost “Family Values”

FIRST READING            1st Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 In the story preceding today’s reading, the prophet Elijah flees for his life to the security of God’s mountain. There God reveals to Elijah that there are still other faithful people in Israel and commissions him to anoint new leaders, including his own successor, Elisha. 15Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to…

June 19, 2022 Second Sunday after Pentecost “Possessed”

FIRST READING                   Isaiah 65:1-9 The prophet announces God’s impatience. The people’s self-absorption is idolatry, and images of practices that displease God fill this reading. Like a vintner who crushes the grape to release the wine, God will use Israel’s exile to establish a new community of the faithful. I was ready to be sought out by those who…

June 12, 2022 The Holy Trinity “Finding Wisdom”

FIRST READING                      Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 In the Bible, wisdom is portrayed in terms sometimes human and sometimes divine. Often, wisdom is personified as feminine. In this passage, Woman Wisdom is depicted not only as the first creation of God, but also as God’s helper, rejoicing in God’s creation, especially in human beings. 1Does not wisdom call,…

June 5, 2022 Day of Pentecost (Pastor Ashley with Adrianna Nichols, High School Graduating Senior)

FIRST READING               Acts 2:1-21 Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples they would be filled with the Holy Spirit. Now, amid signs of fire, wind, and a variety of languages, the people were amazed and astonished at Jesus’ promise coming true. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven…

May 1, 2022 Affirmation of Baptism & Third Sunday of Easter “Fuel to Follow”

FIRST READING            Acts 9:1-20 Saul (later called Paul) was an ardent persecutor of all who followed the Way of Christ. This reading recounts the story of his transformation beginning with an encounter with Jesus Christ on the way to Damascus. 1Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and…

April 24, 2022 Second Sunday of Easter “Figuring Out What’s Next”

FIRST READING            Acts 5:27-32 Peter has been arrested for proclaiming the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. His response to the charges of the high priest summarizes the early church’s proclamation of forgiveness of sin through repentance. 27When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28saying, “We gave you strict orders…