Adventures with Pulling Weeds! (Sermon, July 23, 2017)

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This week’s parable is similar to last weeks, in the it involved seeds and grow, it is easy to get them mixed up.  This parable of the wheat and the weeds (or tares) is just as familiar as last week’s parable, and just as complex.  Nothing is as simple as it seems on first read….

Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

Sermon, Proper 11, Year A, July 23, 2017

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventure with Sowing (or not)! (Sermon, July 16, 2017)

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This past Sunday we began a series of parables from Matthew.  The first is the famous parable of the Sower.  This story is very familiar and is one of the rare parables that Jesus “explains.”  But, it isn’t as easy at it seems (as life usually is).  Anyway, take a listen:

Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Sermon, Proper 10, Year A, July 16, 2017

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Indecision! (Sermon, July 9, 2017)

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This week we continue in Matthew, a reading that is a bit chopped up, and Jesus talks about Himself and John the Baptist and then delivers one of the most well know phrases in the New Testament:

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

How do we get to that phrase?  Well, take a listen:

Sermon, Proper 9, Year A, July 9, 2017

Text: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

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Adventures with Welcoming! (Sermon, July 2, 2017)

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I’m back from vacation just in time for a National Holiday (here in America anyway).  I hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day.

This weeks portion of Matthew continues directly from the week before.  Here Jesus outlines what a life of discipleship might look like.  There are ups, downs, hardships, and joys.  Today, we hear about some of the good things…take a list:

Matthew 10:40-42

Sermon, Proper 8, Year A, July 2, 2017

Here is a link to the article I mention in the sermon by Stanley Saunders: click!

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Solo Mission! (Sermon, June 18, 2017)

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The Lectionary tends to jump around, which can be confusing for people who are in the pews listening week after week.  Therefore, I try to always put the reading in context.  Last week we heard the Great Commission in Matthew, but that takes place after Jesus dies and is resurrected.  Today’s reading in Matthew is much earlier in the story.  Here Jesus sends the disciples out on their own for the first time!  What does discipleship look like? (going into the world)  Is it optional? (no).  Take a listen:

Matthew 9:35-10:23

Sermon, 2 Pentecost, Year A, June 18, 2017

Next week I am on vacation, so no sermon.

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Commissioning! (Sermon June 11, 2017)

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Sunday the 11th was Trinity Sunday, the day when we celebrate the Trinity (of course).  The reading this year, however, is Matthew 28:16-20 and is the story we call “The Great Commission.”  It is hard to talk about the Trinity, since it is very confusing, and all the hundreds of years of discussion, debate, and doctrine surrounding it didn’t exist when the Bible was written.  Therefore, it is hard to apply all that doctrine to Biblical texts.  Well anyway, I don’t think I said anything heretical, but take a listen and find out!

Texts: Genesis 1:1-2:4a and Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon, Trinity Sunday, Year A, June 11, 2017

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures on Pentecost! (Sermon, June 4, 2017)

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Last Sunday was the last Sunday in Easter, otherwise known as Pentecost.  Other than wearing red, and other traditions such as speaking foreign languages, having balloons, flying doves, etc, this is the Sunday that we hear about the Holy Spirit coming down upon Jerusalem.

Acts 2:1-21, take a listen:

Sermon, Pentecost, Year A, June 4, 2017

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Rev. Lauren

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