Date: February 10, 2016
Liturgical Day: Ash Wednesday (Year C)
ashes to ashes
a sign of our sinfulness
God’s amazing grace
Ashes on our foreheads are a sign of death — a sign of our sinfulness and brokenness. They are also a sign of God’s ability to bring new life out of death. With amazing grace, out of mercy and love, God forgives us, and grants us the gifts of a clean heart; a renewed and right spirit.
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Date: February 7, 2016
Liturgical Day: The Last Sunday after the Epiphany; The Transfiguration of Our Lord (Year C)
Jesus, Moses, Elijah
When Moses stands in the presence of God; when Peter, James and John are with Jesus on the mountain as he appears in glory with Moses and Elijah; when we gather for worship as the word is broken open and the meal is distributed; the power and presence of God is able to transform us for faithfulness. Even as Bronco fans (and, OK, Panther fans too…) anticipate an extraordinary experience this afternoon, we remember that every Sunday morning is an opportunity to be touched and inspired by God in deep and powerful ways.
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Date: January 31, 2016
Liturgical Day: The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
here in our hometown
Jesus, stirring us to serve
sent into God’s world
In Jesus’ innaugural sermon, it seemed to go quite well at first. But before long, his listeners became enraged, and tried to throw him off the hill to his death. How do we respond to his words this week? Do we embrace them with gusto? Or oppose them with the same measure of rage?
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Date: January 24, 2016
Liturgical Day: The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
anointed by God
good news, release and comfort
the scriptures fulfilled
In the first sermon Jesus preached at his hometown synagogue, he declares his intent to meet our most urgent needs; and not only to meet our most urgent needs, but to transform our minds so that those things that matter most to him, begin also to matter most to us. Amen! Come Lord Jesus!
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Date: January 17, 2016
Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
miracle as sign
the very power of God
present in Jesus
In St. John’s Gospel Jesus performs seven miracles — interpreted by St. John as “signs” of who Jesus is — and the first of them is changing water to wine in Cana. Here Jesus affirms community, celebrates marriage, and joins with the bride and the groom with an overflowing of joy, blessing and the presence of God.
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