An Opportune Time – March 6, 2022

Scripture: Luke 4: 1-13

We play a little bit with Luke’s words in verse 13, how the adversary left him “until an opportune time.” We can look at this from two directions. It could be those “opportune times” for temptation, when we are in the midst of struggle or questioning and find ourselves vulnerable to stray from our journey. Or perhaps it’s those opportune times for growth, for seizing the day perhaps, when we find ourselves drawn closer to the Christ, who wants to gather us up. Lent need not be a constant “downer,” where we focus on our failings. It is also a time when we recognize the joys of belonging, the growth in knowledge and wisdom, the support of the community around us. It is a time for knowing we need more, we want more, more Christ, more discipleship, more discipline.

Dazzling White – February 27, 2020

Scripture: Luke 9: 28-36

The story of the Transfiguration pulls together all the revelations of the Christ to the point his face is changed, his disciples astonished, and his mission acknowledged and blessed by God.Those who encounter God are transfigured, enlightened, emblazoned. Early Christians were called “Illuminati” at their baptism because they now were to live with the light of Christ emanating from their lives. The story of the Transfiguration of Christ reminds us that, for sake of life, we are to let our lights shine because we have encountered and live in the reign of the loving and just God

Lessons of Love – February 20, 2022

Scripture: Luke 6: 27-38

Loving your enemies…In Luke, Jesus goes to the mountains for prayer, reflection, refreshment, rejuvenation. It is while enjoying one of these mountaintop moments that Jesus singled out 12 apostles from among his many disciples. Immediately after this, Jesus leads his newly appointed apostles back down the mountain to “a level place,” a place where apostles, disciples and a crowd of eager people stand shoulder to shoulder. The level place accords them all equal footing, just as they are all equally in need of Jesus’ message. And this is what they hear.

Counterintuitive Conversations – February 13, 2022

Scripture: Luke 6: 17-26

The Sermon on the Plain–blessings and woes. The narrative takes us to one of Jesus’ most well-known sermons — a litany of “blessed are they…” This litany would have resonated with his congregation on that mountaintop. It contained the laundry-list of the hardships they were enduring. But Jesus is pointing out the blessedness even in the midst of that context and instead of treating them as the powerless downtrodden, he calls them blessed. Indeed, following Jesus’ path can increase the struggles, but also the blessing

The Call to Follow – February 6, 2022

The Call to Follow – February 6, 2022

Scripture: Luke 5: 1-11

The extraordinary catch of fish and the call to the first disciples to begin catching people resulted in their leaving everything behind to follow Jesus. This Sunday includes the celebration of communion. We are called by God, as the disciples were, to share in the abundant feast of that which binds us together, the grace of God. And to share the literal feast — the resources of this earth — is to live in the image of a holy and gracious God.

No Respect in His Hometown – January 30, 2022

Scripture: Luke 4: 21-30

Beginning on such a positive note, the people in Jesus’ hometown don’t like the challenges he issues in the synagogue. We discover from this episode that God’s truth may come in ways that we choose not to accept. How often does our familiarity with an advice-giver cause us to disallow that person’s suggestions out of hand? He or she can’t know as much, we think, as someone who’s grown up in a more exciting part of the world, encountered more exotic situations or been blessed with the ability to think more deeply than most.

Scripture Fulfilled – January 23, 2022

Scripture Fulfilled – January 23, 2022

Scripture: Luke 4: 14-21

Reading from the Torah scroll, Jesus claims the Spirit of the Lord to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. As Christians, we believe that there is something of value in gathering together to hear, see, and experience the Good News. We gather for worship to “try on for size” what right relationship looks like — what it is to suffer together and rejoice together. The kingdom of God is built up by this coming together and then by our walking in the world together in the ways of Jesus, the Anointed One. We recommit to the power of community—daring to wall for sake of the life of all God’s creation.

Glory Revealed – January 16, 2022

Scripture: John 2: 1-11

The story of the wedding at Cana and the turning of water into wine shows that God’s covenant brings abundant life and our discipleship compels us to share this river of God’s delight with others. Wine is meant for sharing, and God’s glory is revealed in Christ as he blesses the community with abundance and joy.

Spirit and Fire – January 9, 2022

Spirit and Fire – January 9, 2022

Scripture: Luke 3: 15-22

The seeds of hope for God’s reign are sown in an infant before whom the wise kneel. The early church believed that Epiphany (besides Easter and Pentecost) was one of the most important times of the year for baptisms, making this a wonderful Sunday to both baptize and reaffirm our baptism, a baptism of water and the Spirit.

Overwhelmed with Joy – January 2, 2022

Scripture: Matthew 2: 1-12

The star stops over where Jesus lived, and the Magi knew they had found the new King of the Jews. Their response? They were overwhelmed with joy as they recognized in this child the holy presence of God.