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The Spirit’s Sighs - May 24, 2015

Romans 8:18-27

It has now been a month since the earth in Nepal groaned with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Buildings collapsed, an avalanche cascaded down Mt. Everest, and devastation ensued. We know now that more than 8000 people died and thousands more were injured.
After the initial quake, the earth continued to groan with a series of aftershocks which went on for days, causing further damage and traumatizing survivors. Even those whose houses still stood slept outside for fear of later collapses. Then last week another major quake hit, causing a few more deaths and further traumatizing survivors.
I've never been through a major earthquake so I can only image the terror and agony of those who have experienced one. I am grateful for organizations like the United Methodist Committee on Relief which give me a way to help when disasters strike.

Read more: The Spirit’s Sighs - May 24, 2015

What’s The Deal With Ascension? - May 17, 2015

Acts 1:1-11
Luke 24:44-53

Did you know that last Thursday was Ascension Day? I would guess that not many of you took time to commemorate it. Certainly no one got the day off from school or work just because it was Ascension Day. Most people did not give it a thought.
Most Christians know at least the bare outlines of Jesus' crucifixion. Some of you came to the Maundy Thursday service we observed with our friends from The United Church of Moscow and First Presbyterian Church in which we remembered Jesus' last supper with the disciples. A few more of you came to our Good Friday service when we remembered Jesus' death on the cross. Many came on Easter Sunday to celebrate Jesus' resurrection.
Jesus' ascension is less familiar and yet it is central to our faith as Christians.
This morning we read two stories about Jesus' ascension. Both come from the pen of the same person, whom we call Luke. One is from the Gospel of Luke and the other is from Volume 2, what we call the Acts of the Apostles. Indeed, if we see these two books as a series, the stories we read today merge together, for we read the very last words in Luke's Gospel and the very first words of Acts.

Read more: What’s The Deal With Ascension? - May 17, 2015

Loving One Another - May 10, 2015

Acts 10:44-48
John 15:9-17

When I was working on my Doctor of Ministry, one of the classes I took required us to administer a survey to our congregations. I asked a number of lay people in the church to fill out the survey and then we received an assessment of the church's strengths and weaknesses. That church was small, without a lot of programs, so we scored low on things like Inspiring Worship and Holistic Small Groups. Our greatest strength was Loving Relationships. That little congregation knew how to care for each other in good times and in bad.

Read more: Loving One Another - May 10, 2015

Bearing the Fruit of Love - May 3, 2015

John 15:1-11

From 1985-1992 I lived in Omak, in north-central Washington State. At that time it was mostly ranch and orchard country, with acres of apple and pear orchards. In the seven years that I was there, orchardists began to replace their red delicious apple trees with newer varieties such as Gala and Fuji. In 1997 I moved to Toppenish in south central Washington State. This too is orchard country.
These days if you drive through central Washington, north or south, you will still see many apple and pear trees, along with other fruit. And you will also see fields of grape vines.
Both fruit trees and grape vines are pruned each winter. Even to someone like me, it is obvious which fields have been pruned. After the branches and vines are cut off, soon to be burned, the remaining trees or vines look sparse and thin. Compared to unpruned vines, the pruned ones seem decimated. You wonder if they can survive. Go back six months later in the late summer, however, and those are the vines and trees which are heavy with fruit.
"I am the true vine," Jesus says in our reading today. "And my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit." This passage is an analogy. Jesus is the vine, God is the gardener, and you and I are the branches.

Read more: Bearing the Fruit of Love - May 3, 2015

One Flock? - April 26, 2015

Acts 4:5-12
John 10:11-18

Taken together, today's passages from the Gospel of John and the Acts of the Apostles raise a question for me. In Acts, Peter ends his sermon before the Sanhedrin, the Jewish High Council, by claiming, "There is salvation in no one else" (he means Jesus) "for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved." In the Gospel of John, Jesus states that he is the Good Shepherd and then says, "I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd."
There is salvation in no one but Jesus, and, Jesus has sheep who do not belong to this fold. The question these two verses raise for me is, "Can people from other faith traditions be saved without first converting to Christianity?"

Read more: One Flock? - April 26, 2015

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  • Worship Time Change - starts - August 18th

    Starting August 18th, 2019 Sunday Worship go back to our regular worship time at 10:30 am Sunday mornings.

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