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Master Sermon

Weekly powerhouse sermons based on the traditional lectionary.

Free-lunch

Free Lunches and Last Suppers

Jesus was more interested in demographics than chronologies.

Story Sermon

Interactive metaphor-rich sermons based on the new Story Lectionary along with Image Exegesis.

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Reveille

It’s risky to go…but much riskier to stay.

My Prayer For You

Pastor’s Prayer for 28 August 2016

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved …
From the desire of being extolled …
From the desire of being honored …
From the desire of being praised …
From the desire of being preferred to others …
From the desire of being consulted …
From the desire of being approved …
From the fear of being humiliated …
From the fear of being despised …
From the fear of suffering rebukes …
From the fear of being calumniated …
From the fear of being forgotten …
From the fear of being ridiculed …
From the fear of being wronged …
From the fear of being suspected …
That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I …
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease …
That others may be chosen and I set aside …
That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
That others may be preferred to me in everything …
That others may become holier than I, provided
that I may become as holy as I should …

–Cardinal Raphael Merry del Val

 

Sound Theology with Colleen Butcher

 

Mystery Within

Just one video this week, and one idea to mull over: what do you have hidden within, and what catalyst do you need to help you explore this mystery? Bobby McFerrin is a musical genius. Forget that he wrote one of the most recognizable and relentlessly memorable tunes, ever... read more

The Open Table with Teri Hyrkas

To the Table

To the Table

A Spirituality of Food, Farming and Community

by Lisa Graham McMinn

Lisa Graham McMinn’s book To the Table – A Spirituality of Food, Farming and Community (2016, Brazos Press) is a splendid publication to add to your collection of books about food and family life. It seems to be generally true that the table is the place most folks gather to discuss the big and small topics that concern us. McMinn, a professor of sociology and writer who is also a practitioner in the garden and kitchen, invites all of us to join her at the table to consider how we might grow, prepare and preserve food in an intentional and thoughtful manner.

In To the Table, McMinn carries the maxim “Think globally, act locally” into the family kitchen. By combining her love of gardening and meal making with her Quaker faith and a broad awareness of agri-business, McMinn has produced a book that expands the narrow scope of a traditional cookbook to include a wholesome, worldwide perspective on eating sacramentally. McMinn says about her book: “…I invite readers to remember what they have loved about food and have thought about farmers; I urge them to rethink the word drudgery, as in “cooking is drudgery.” Together, we will look at food from all sorts of angles including those that take our gaze inward, outward, and upward.” read more…

The Digital Feast with Daniel Johnson 

Groups and Scoops

The Least and Most Diverse Religious Groups http://pewrsr.ch/1IBTtVm   Boomers and Millennials View Money Differently http://bit.ly/2btAvX4   Hugs and Warm Touches Benefit Health and Well Being http://bit.ly/2bjUV2V   Fast Facts About American Religion http://bit.ly/1Fh0YM4   Yes, We Are Living in a Golden Age http://bit.ly/2bq6NQe   Death by Selfie. Focusing... read more