We are the One’s We’ve Been Waiting For

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Mark 1:14-20 What is your good news? What is the good word you have to share with those around you? Sometimes the good news begins with a challenge – and it may initially sound like bad news – but in the end, we find our way, and experience better lives than we […]

An Unexpected Journey

Have you ever heard the word “Epiphany” before? Do you know what it means? It means “when God shows up” and yesterday was the first day of Epiphany. Epiphany is the season in the Christian year when we remember the three wise men or magi. They came from Iran to see the baby Jesus. According […]

Second Comings – Everywhere!

(I Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37) What do you really want for Christmas this year? Do you remember when you were a child, and you wrote a letter to Santa with your list of toys and games? On Christmas, were you ever disappointed when your list and Santa’s gifts didn’t quite match? Sometimes as adults, we […]

Christ in the Least of These

When I was in first and second grade, my teacher always read a story to us after lunch…. (To the kids) Do your teachers do this? (To adults) Did your teachers do this? Today, I want to share a story from a Russian author, Leo Tolstoy – it’s called, “Where Love Is, God Is” – […]

Resources Beyond Our Imagination

Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-30 When I was growing up, I often heard the question asked on Saturday morning television, “What time is it, kids?” To which the kids responded, “It’s Howdy Doody Time.” Now “Howdy Doody” has gone into the world of vintage television, but still the question of time is central to our lives […]

A Life Worthy of God

I Thessalonians 2:9-13 Matthew 23:1-12  What does it mean to live a life worthy of God? For many people, religion is all about rules, do’s and don’ts, and communal norms that stifle the human spirit. Those who follow the rules are “one of us” but those who take a different path or have a different […]

The Reformation is Always Reforming

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Matthew 22:34-39 On April 3, 1968, a group of citizens heard words that forever changed their lives. The speaker shared his heart: “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t […]

It’s a Gift to be Simple

Today, I want to talk about one of my spiritual heroes, or shall I say heroines, Peace Pilgrim. Her real name was Mildred Lisette Norman. She was born in 1908, almost 110 years ago. You can see her photo on our bulletin today. I first met her when I was a sophomore in college – […]