1 Samuel 16:1-13 / Psalm 23 / Ephesians 5:8-14 / John 9:1-41 As we survey our lectionary scripture readings for this Sunday morning, we read in 1 Samuel 16 – “The LORD said to Samuel, ‘how long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel’” (1 Samuel 16:1). Samuel was […]
For the Spirit searches everything is a pastoral message about how we might be the salt and light of the world. The Spirit of God reveals to us who God is. God is God of love, justice, and mercy. To do what God cares about requires us to care for the oppressed, the poor, the […]
pastoral message about the fact and reality of being blessed, even when we do not feel blessed. we are blessed to be part of God’s family. as family, we are there for each other, including fighting for justice! Karen Baker-Fletcher’s account of divine love that enables forgiveness and repentance that demands justice is a good […]
mourning into joy – recorded 1/5/2020 How do we move from mourning to joy? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom: 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever. Psalm 111:10 (NRSV) Action and understanding go together. […]
praise the Lord! – recorded on 12/29/2019 can we praise the Lord under all circumstances? how?