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Message Supplement (5 January 2014)

It’s time to bring more light into the world. Indeed, this is one of the key themes from today’s lectionary selection in John 1:1-13 and Ephesians 1:3-14. The Gospel according to John is a quite different account of Jesus’ life and ministry, and the opening verses are no exception....
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Message Supplement (December 29)

Christmas is over and we’ve just finished celebrating Jesus’ birth. Now, rather than dwelling upon the idyllic imagery of the nativity, we are invited to move forward as we realize that the baby Jesus didn’t stay long in that manger. An angel warned Mary and Joseph to take his...
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Message Supplement (December 24)

Do you have a [spiritual] life? Christmas is the time where the religious focus is on birth, including the manger scene with the baby Jesus and all the pastoral trappings of that ancient first-family of faith. Even more so, God wants us to embrace the wonders of spiritual life...
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Message Supplement (December 22)

Today’s message is drawn from two selections of the Revised Common Lectionary, Psalm 80:1-7,17-19 and Romans 1:1-7. In the Psalms passages we have an uplifting message of hope and restoration. How fitting! Advent is a magnificent time of potential for individuals and churches. Psalms offers us timeless encouragement which...
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Faith Fitness (December 3)

Our discussion this past Tuesday continued the theme of how churches can be as healthy as possible. The article we circulated about church restructuring, renewal and re-engineering helped us sort out both problems and solutions. We know that many congregations are attempting to tap the creative energies of their...
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Message Supplement (December 15)

Greetings friends! I trust that you had a blessed Thanksgiving. Things are going well at the church and we are having a special music Sunday on December 15th. This means that there won’t be the usual Message Supplement included in our Sunday bulletin (and also why there won’t be...
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Faith Fitness (November 12)

As usual, we had a wonderful experience in Faith Fitness sharing our thoughts and ideas. The topic we’ve discussed for the past several weeks involves what’s happening in the American Church as it relates to styles of worship, spirituality, and what types of churches are growing–or not. One issue...
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Message Supplement (December 8)

With the second Sunday in Advent, we consider lectionary scripture selections from Isaiah (11:1-10), Romans (15:4-13) and Matthew (3:1-12). The message for our worship service today is “Here’s Johnny!” This title summons more than a pun inasmuch as it captures the herald’s voice calling out from the wilderness. The...
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Message Supplement (December 1)

With the first Sunday in Advent, we continue a lectionary theme touched upon the past couple weeks. Today, selections from Romans (13:11-14) and Matthew (24:36-44) form the scripture basis for the Sunday message I’ve titled “Awaken!” Paul’s encouraging words in Romans highlight his concern that people be prepared for...
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Message Supplement (November 24)

My recent practice of expanding the Revised Common Lectionary readings continues today as I extend the selection from Colossians, adding an extra three verses at the end to cover chapter 1,verses 3-23. As with many of the New Testament epistles (or letters), the opening is a positive one. Paul...
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