Adventures with Being Found! (sermon Sept. 11, 2016)

Dear Friends,

This week’s story from the Gospel of Luke involves Jesus breaking bread with sinners, and the righteous people grumbling (as usual).  Jesus responds by telling them 3 parables about being lost and found (we only read 2 today).  First we hear about a shepherd who leaves 99 sheep alone to find one, and a woman who searches all night for 1 coin and then throws a big party once it is found.  This is strange behavior to us, but we aren’t the main characters in this parable…..click to hear more!

Luke 15:1-10, Proper 19, Year C, Sept. 11, 2016

Next week I am off to a wedding, so no sermon.

Thanks for stopping by,

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Discipleship! (Sermon, Sept. 4, 2016)

Hi Friends,

This week’s excerpt from Luke involves a large crowd, and some strict seeming rules from Jesus.  He tells the crowd what it means to follow Him and what they have to give up in order to be a disciple.  Take a listen:

Luke 14:25-33, Sermon, Proper 18, Year C, Sept. 4, 2016

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures at the Banquet! (Sermon, Aug. 28, 2016)

Hello Friends,

This past Sunday’s reading from Luke is a parable about table manners.  Well, of course it isn’t REALLY about table manners, because, hey it’s a parable.  Here Jesus tells the people to break from societal norms and welcome all people.  Take a listen:

Luke 14:1, 7-14, Proper 17, Year C, August 28, 2016

Note: I am giggling at the beginning because there is a little boy who always tries to run up and say “hi” to me.  I tried to give him a high-five, but instead got a firm handshake.  I’ll take it!

Also, I have upgraded my blog from “free” to “pay for it!”  So stay tuned for some updates to the newly renamed therevlauren.com

Thanks for stopping by,

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Breaking the Rules! (Sermon Aug. 21, 2016)

Hello Friends!

This week’s Gospel comes from Luke and tells the story of Jesus healing the woman who was bent over for 18 years.  Yes, Jesus heals her, but then is chastised for working on the Sabbath.  Can the leader of the synagogue really be so cold as to begrudge a woman her healing?  Short answer: no.  Longer answer: it’s complicated, take a listen:

Luke 13:10-17, Sermon, Proper 16, Year C, August 21, 2016

Thanks for stopping by!

-Rev. Lauren

 

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Adventures with Living in the Kingdom! (Sermon, Aug. 7, 2016)

Hello Friends!

This week we read more in Luke and hear about how God gives us the kingdom and then how we should live our lives in that kingdom.  Is this a checklist to get into heaven?  No, of course not.  So what is it?

Luke 12:32-40, Proper 14, Year C, August 7, 2016

Next week I am off back to NY for the weekend, so there won’t be any sermon.  Maybe you will get another treat though….

Thanks for stopping by,

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with the Rich Fool! (Sermon, July 31, 2016)

Hello Friends,

This week some people ask Jesus to settle an inheritance dispute, and in return he tells them a parable.  In this parable a rich man hoards his wealth and then ends up alone.  Some think that this is about wealth, but rather it is really about greed, isolation, and hoarding.  Take a listen:

Text: Luke 12:13-21, Proper 13, Year C, July 31, 2016

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Prayer! (Sermon, July 24, 2016)

Hello Friends,

In this week’s selection from Luke, the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray.  This might seem odd to us now, but it wasn’t such a strange request.  What we get from Jesus is one version of the Lord’s Prayer, a parable, and some catchy sayings.  Take a listen to hear more….

Luke 11:1-13, Proper 12, Year C, July 24, 2016

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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