Lent 30: New Creation

Readings: Psalm 143, 2 Kings 4:18-37, Ephesians 2:1-10 Resurrection is God’s “Amen!” to the creation. Death and sin are not allowed to have the last word. Christ is both the New Head of Humanity and the Head of the New Humanity. Hear us, O God. Vindicate us in the face...

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Lent 29: Signs of Resurrection

by Amanda Weber Readings: Psalm 143, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Acts 20:7-12 In today’s readings, we hear about multiple instances of resurrection – a sign of the power and love of God, and a foreshadowing of Jesus’ resurrection. These passages have so many basic human qualities for a divine act of...

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Lent 28: Easter draws near

by Nick Krafft Readings: Psalm 130, Ezekiel 36:8-15, Luke 24:44-53 But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. Ezekiel 36:8 I am going to send you what my Father has promised. Luke 24:4 As Easter draws near and...

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Lent 27: Wave after wave

by Jay Forth Readings: Psalm 130, Ezekiel 33:10-16, Revelation 11:15-19 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness...

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Lent 26: Sin

by Caroline Henne Readings: Psalm 130, Ezekiel 1:1-3; 2:8—3:3, Revelation 10:1-11 Psalm 130 is a cry to the Lord “out of the depths.” Unlike some other Psalms, where the cry for help is because of direct threats or violent foes, there isn’t an external enemy mentioned in this Psalm. Rather,...

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Lent 25: Stranded in the desert

by Gary Maring Readings: Psalm 146, Isaiah 60:17-22, Matthew 9:27-34 This winter has been ‘desert times’ for many; particularly for the poor, unemployed, and homeless in America. For the homeless it has been especially brutal; the frigid weather this winter has brought countless deaths on the street. Food stamp benefits...

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Lent 24:April Fools?

by Serena McGuire Readings: Psalm 146, Isaiah 42:14-21, Colossians 1:9-14 How did these passages wind up together?  One speaks of praise, happiness, justice, freedom and healing. The next of travail, waste, drought, shame. Then the third of bearing fruit, glorious might, and sharing the inheritance. Is putting them together some...

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Lent 23:Live in your Light

by Crystal Corman Readings: Psalm 146, Isaiah 59:9-19, Acts 9:1-20 Isaiah 59 paints a bleak picture. It describes people most certainly in a desert place and time, where justice is nowhere to be found, darkness pervades and in response people growl and moan. They wait for justice, but there is...

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Lent 22: Light

By Jack Reiffer Readings: Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 15:32-34, John 1:1-9 And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. 1 Samuel 15 I recently heard a good preacher say that he learned by sad experience not to let a “biblical stink bomb” go off in the service...

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