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Risk, Release, and Reward

Luke 5:1-11, 18:28-30 In this season of Epiphany we are exploring some of the stories in the gospel of Luke about the early ministry of Jesus. These are the stories that begin to reveal to us who Jesus is. Instead of just making doctrinal statements, Luke tells stories to help us not only learn the facts but feel the power...
Choosing Release

Choosing Release

Luke 4:14-30 Good morning. Contrary to how I usually start my sermons, we're going to jump right into the story this morning. I'll only remind you that last week we heard the story of John the Baptist offering a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin and Jesus' receiving that baptism. Between that and this morning's story, the end...

Judgment and Good News

Luke 3:-122 During the season of Epiphany as we ask the question "Who is Jesus?" we will be exploring the beginnings of Jesus' ministry. We've seen baby Jesus and talked a little about his early life, but starting in the book of Luke chapter 3, we meet grown-up Jesus. Like I said last week, there will probably be very little...
The Work of Christmas

The Work of Christmas

Luke 1:1-4 Last Tuesday I was in Kroger and as I walked past the aisle with all the seasonal specials, they were taking down Christmas decor and candy on one side of the aisle and putting up Valentine's Day decor and candy on the other side of the aisle. This is a really great example of how the US cultural...
Love: Christmas is Spiritual

Love: Christmas is Spiritual

Luke 1:67-79 This may come as no surprise to some of you, but I'm a big fan of musicals. When I was a little girl, I must have watched The Sound of Music and The Music Man hundreds of times. Some people don't like musicals because they think it's weird that people just burst into song in the middle of...
Joy: Christmas is Political

Joy: Christmas is Political

Luke 1:46-55 I have to tell you all that I have been looking forward to this day for three years. Each year the Narrative Lectionary, which is the weekly Bible reading plan that we follow, each year it focuses on one gospel for the season that runs from Christmas to Easter. And today we begin our study of the gospel...
Peace in God’s Promises

Peace in God’s Promises

Isaiah 61 This morning is our final week in the Old Testament. Each year in September we start again in Genesis and follow the story of God's people through creation, calling, covenant, and cycles of faithfulness and failure. We follow the story through God's harsh cure, the hard reset of exile, and we end where the Old Testament ends, with...
Hope in God’s Character

Hope in God’s Character

Joel 2:12-13 It's hard to believe it's already the first Sunday of Advent. It's hard to believe what started in March is still going on. It's hard to believe everything is so different from what we're used to. "It's hard to believe" is a phrase I think I've said a lot this year. And the longer the pandemic lasts, the...
A New Heart

A New Heart

Jeremiah 31 In 6th grade when we all started to play in the school band, I took it into my head to play the oboe. In hindsight, this was not a great idea for many reasons, not the least of which is that it's a really hard instrument to learn and if you don't learn it well it sounds like...
The Jonah Syndrome

The Jonah Syndrome

Jonah 4 Let me tell you a little story. And by little I do mean little. This is the shortest story book in the Old Testament. There are a few other Old Testament books that are shorter than this, but they are poetry. This is the shortest book that's a complete story. Wanna guess which one it is? It's not...

Just Enough

1 Kings 17:1-17 The focus of our worship this morning is our celebration of Communion. But before we get there I want you to hear a story that you might not be very familiar with, because I think it really has something to say to us in our current situation. Last week Pastor Beth Long-Higgins told us the story of...

Building a House for God

Guest preacher: Rev. Beth Long-Higgins 2 Samuel 7: 1-17 https://www.facebook.com/UCCDelaware/videos/371801273869817/