November 29, 2019
Have you ever imagined what our world would be like if we lived in peace? Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet, has a vision of such a world....even as, in his own time and place, his country was facing imminent destruction by an expanding empire. Would his people listen and change their ways? Will we?
Reading: Isaiah 2:4b-5
November 15, 2019
When your world seems to be falling apart, what do you do? Jesus's words today are both a challenge and a comfort.
Gospel reading: Luke 21:5-19
November 1, 2019
Who, me? Yes, you! You are called to be a saint on this day when we remember all the saints who surround us in this world and the next.
Readings: Ephesians 1:11-23, Luke 6:20-31
October 25, 2019
Have you ever wondered why churches do the things they do? If so, you're in good company! Martin Luther began a movement that shook the church of his day as he asked, "What does this mean?". In John's gospel, Jesus asks about truth and what it means to continue in his word. As we think about this, we're invited to continue this tradition of questioning and seeking to understand how our faith and life intersect.
Gospel reading: John 8:31-36
October 11, 2019
Have you ever agonized over writing a thank you note? Searched for the right words to convey your thoughts? Here a healed leper doesn't stop to think....he just says, "Thanks!". And sometimes just the words, "Thanks" are good enough!
October 4, 2019
How much is enough? We live in a culture that tells us that we need more and more and more and more! But what about faith? How much is enough? How much do we need? Faith is hard to quantify and measure, but here Jesus tells the disciples that all they need is faith the size of a mustard seed. Maybe that's to remind us that we're not in control....but God is!
Gospel reading: Luke 17:5-10
September 27, 2019
What have you shared lately? Your time, your talent, your possessions?
Jesus tells the story of a poor man, Lazarus, and a rich man (unnamed) and their relationship before and after death. In doing so, Jesus points to God's concern that all people would have enough in this world.
September 13, 2019
Who do you like to hang out with? At a party or event, is there a group that you gravitate toward? When Jesus is critiqued for hanging out with the "undesirables", he shares 2 stories about how God sees the world and its social layers. Will it change who you hang out with? Listen and see.
Gospel reading: Luke 15:1-10
September 6, 2019
Jesus challenges his followers saying, "Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple". Those are pretty intimidating words. But what do they mean? What does it mean to carry the cross? What does it mean to follow?
August 30, 2019
If you're planning an event, who are you likely to invite? Friends, family, neighbors? Today, while at an event himself, Jesus critiques who was invited and where they were asked to sit at the party. Jesus reminds the disciples that their first call is to invite those who are the "least of these" my brothers and sisters.
Gospel reading: Luke 14:1, 7-14