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Advent Week 1 - November 29, 2020

Luke 1: 5-15, 24-25, 57-60I have to be honest, for years, I have ignored Elizabeth. It hasn’t been intentional. It’s just that Zechariah reads as the center of this story. It’s about him, the holy of holies, the angel, being made mute…yeah, we skipped all those parts this time because that’s what we normally hear. But Elizabeth…not so much. I have talked about her when Mary goes to visit and stay, but not here. I’ve never spent much time listening to hear her story and her perspective. From the scriptures, we get the sense that she’s older and obviously barren. The scriptures are sure to tell us that both she and Zechariah were fully righteous before the Lord, which in biblical terms means her barrenness wasn’t a punishment for her lack of faithfulness. I know that’s the kind of theology I balk at. Of course, God isn’t punishing anyone with barrenness because they weren’t faithful. I mean, if sinfulness or unrighteousness meant you couldn’t have babies, none of us would be here, would we? I mean, our parents weren’t

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Grief & Loss week 4 - November 22, 2020

Ruth 1:11-18Preaching Rev. Molly Fraser, GHUMC
It is good to be with both churches today, and I feel an extra special thrill to be worshiping with Moscow UMC. My husband Peter and I lived in Moscow for two years while he got his master's at U of I. This was the same time that Tendekai was a student as well, so we share some fun connections. I had grown up Methodist, but by way of ministry and work, found myself in Nazarene churches- and so, I was on the music staff at the Nazzie Dome, as you well know it.

It was during our time in Moscow that I felt a renewed call to ordained ministry that would not let go. In a roundabout way, I found myself in the pastor’s office in your beautiful stone church, where the pastor wisely told me that God would use me in either denomination. She said: The

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Grief & Loss week 3 - November 15, 2020

Genesis 21:8-21

Friends, this family is a mess. I keep imagining them in family therapy and there are so many layers to deal with. It would be easy to read this and find deep sympathy for a particular person…Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, or Ishmael, and each of us likely favors one.

I’m going to try and help us reach into this story with a level of compassion and empathy for each of them. That doesn’t mean glossing over the

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Grief & Loss week 2 - November 8, 2020

Jonah 4:1-3

I have kind of a soft spot for Jonah. He’s called by God but reluctant to do what God asks. And, the thing God has asked him to do is hard….he’d be going to his enemy, and they’re known for their unrighteous behaviors. I’m sure he’s sure they will not take kindly to him telling him that they haven’t been acting with justice, or kindness, or following God’s law. You know...the way people normally respond when someone tells them how awful they’ve been.

Right? Agreeable. Humble. Repentant. Ready to change.

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All Saints Sunday - November 1, 2020

Exodus 14:10-14

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