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A Million Reasons To Believe - March 15, 2015

Numbers 21:4-9
Ephesians 2:8-10
John 3:14-21

"A million reasons to believe," Macy's Department Store promoted during the 2013 Christmas shopping season. I enjoy buying gifts for my loved ones. Much as I reject the commercialization of Christmas, I like seeing brightly wrapped packages piled high under the Christmas tree.
I do wonder a bit at the branding of believe.
"Believe in Seattle," is a logo available on Seattle Seahawks merchandise. I'm happy the Seahawks did so well again this year. Again, I do struggle with the branding of believe.
I'd have to sit down with the marketing teams of Macy's and the Seahawks to learn for sure just what they mean by believe. Miriam Webster defines believe as "to accept something as true, genuine, or real," or "to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability." I believe in Santa Claus. I believe the Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl for a third time next year.

Read more: A Million Reasons To Believe - March 15, 2015

The Way of the Cross - March 1, 2015

Mark 8: 31-38

Last week our Gospel lesson sent us out to the wilderness where Jesus spent forty days being tempted by the devil. I noted that the Gospel of Mark's telling of the story is sparse in detail and rich in meaning. "He was with the wild beasts and the angels waited on him," Mark says, taking us all the way back to the Garden of Eden where Adam named the beasts, one of whom became the agent of his temptation. Jesus rewrote that script by resisting temptation. "Get behind me, Satan!" he might have said.
From that point on Jesus began his ministry. He proclaimed the kingdom of God, healed many, taught in parables, walked on water, performed other miracles, and welcomed the outcast. Along the way he stood up to his critics. He appears as a wise teacher, a caring helper, and a worker of miracles. "Follow me," he says to some fisherfolk, among others, and really, who wouldn't want to follow someone like Jesus?

Read more: The Way of the Cross - March 1, 2015

Rewriting Temptation’s Script - February 22, 2015

Mark 1:9-15

The Gospel of Mark is shorter by almost half than either the Gospel of Matthew or of Luke. Nowhere is that more evident than in today's story of Jesus' temptation. Matthew takes 11 verses and Luke 13 to tell the story. Mark does it in 2. The others detail the temptation presented to Jesus by the devil. Mark simply says he was tempted by Satan. Despite his brevity, or maybe because of it, Mark's words are rich with meaning.
Like Matthew and Luke, Mark sets Jesus' temptation between his baptism by John and the start of his ministry. The order itself has a lot to tell us.
John's baptism was one of repentance, which always leaves Christians scratching their heads. How come Jesus, the sinless one, needed a baptism of repentance? Mark doesn't ask that question the way Matthew does, yet it hovers silently over the waters. John himself had anticipated the coming of Jesus. Indeed he understood his role to be as the one who would prepare the way for Jesus.

Read more: Rewriting Temptation’s Script - February 22, 2015

Faith At A Standstill - February 15, 2015

I Timothy 6:11-19
II Timothy 4:6-8

The NFC Championship Game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers will go down in football history. How many of you watched it? I know that at least two people from this church were at the game. As you know, the Seahawks were outplayed for most of the game. Their star quarterback, Russell Wilson, threw four interceptions. It looked like they were going to lose. They didn't even score until the third quarter. Fans left the game early, their hopes for another Super bowl championship dashed.
Sometimes faith feels like the first fifty minutes of that game. Life outplays us. We get intercepted by crisis after crisis. The Seahawks/ Packers game was the day after memorial services were held for the shooting victims of January 10, which left our city grieving and stunned that such a thing could happen here, two of the shootings just feet from where we sit right now. Like Russell Wilson wondering how his passes ended up in the wrong hands, not once but four times, we wonder how things could go so wrong.

Read more: Faith At A Standstill - February 15, 2015

When Prayer Is Unanswered - February 8, 2015

Psalm 124
Luke 11:9-13

Thirteen years ago this summer, my husband and I were walking through town when he sat down on a bench, handed me the cell phone, and said, "Call 911. I'm having chest pains." Long story short, a quadruple bypass followed a couple of days later and here he is.
A few months after that incident, I told the story as a sermon illustration. I don't remember now where I went with it. What I remember is R's response. Several months after Doug's surgery, R's husband died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack. Her comment after that sermon was, "I did call 911, and he still died."
There were some obvious differences between the two men, such as a twenty-five year age difference. Her words still hit me in the gut. "I did call 911, and he still died."

Read more: When Prayer Is Unanswered - February 8, 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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