What I’m Thinking: Catch and… Then What?

  Jesus summoned his first disciples from their nets and told them they would now fish for people. But once you’ve caught people, what do you do then? They’re not to be used like fish. Here’s a transcript: Well, first of all, I’m thinking how good it is to be here, that last weekend’s nuclear […]

January 16, 2018 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: The Discomfort of Faith

January 14, 2018 John 1:43-51, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 My intent for this morning’s sermon had been to reflect on the intimacy of our relationship with God, the God who has “searched me and known me.” The psalmist seemed to find that relationship both uncomfortable and comforting. In these days of targeted advertising, security cameras, and […]

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What I’m Thinking: Searched and Known

  In an age where we are concerned for our privacy, the Psalmist reminds us that there is One – a loving One – from whom we have no secrets. Here’s a transcript: I think I’ll explain the bandage first – this one here.  I had a skin growth removed from my nose. It’s healing […]

January 9, 2018 in What I'm Thinking by

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What I’m Thinking: Words and Deeds

Mark didn’t begin his gospel with an account of Jesus’ birth. He had other things he wanted to tell us about Jesus. Here’s a transcript: My first thought: Hau’oli makahiki hou! A Happy and Blessed New Year to all of you. This coming Sunday we have a real treat at Church of the Holy Cross. […]

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Sermon: Recognition

December 31, 2017 Luke 2:22-40 In the fall of 1985, I was a brand-new student at a new school – well, new to me. As part of orientation, we in the incoming class were supposed to pick up our lunch in the cafeteria and then go eat… somewhere. As it happened, I didn’t know where. […]

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Guest Preacher from National UCC on January 7

The Rev. Dr. Chris Davies will preach on January 7, 2018. Her ministry on behalf of the United Church of Christ is to help local churches discover their new and exciting ministries, and bear witness to the faith of Jesus Christ. A native of Connecticut, she lives now in Ohio, and has been a friend […]

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Meditation for Christmas Eve 2017

December 24, 2017 The world went on. After the shepherds returned to the hills, the world went on. After the star dipped below the horizon, never to inspire star-gazers again, the world went on. After the echoes of the angels’ shouts of glory faded, the world went on. The world went on. Sheep needed protecting […]

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What I’m Thinking: A Christmas Wish

  My Christmas wish for you is that the love, grace, and peace of God which we celebrate at Christmas be part of your life each day. And that’s what I’m thinking. I’m recording this on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, so here’s what I’m thinking: I’m thinking that I wish all of God’s grace, […]

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Sermon: A Brief Pause

December 24, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent Luke 1:26-38 With this morning’s reading, it’s as if we’re stepping back nine months in the story of Jesus’ birth, and then tonight we’ll step forward that same nine months again. For here we have Luke’s description of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel brought word to Mary […]

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Pastor’s Corner: Unexpected Christmas

December 20, 2017 It’s a funny thing about Christmas. We know what it’s supposed to look like. We know who’s supposed to be there. We know what everyone is supposed to do. It’s supposed to go “as planned.” And if it doesn’t, we get worried, sad, or upset. The shepherds on their hillside had less […]

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