Zero-Sum Ministry
Sep
30
10:30 AM10:30

Zero-Sum Ministry

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward. ~Mark 9:38-41

Image: Jesus healing the demon-possessed, medieval codex. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


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Lady Wisdom Speaks
Sep
16
10:30 AM10:30

Lady Wisdom Speaks

Wisdom cries out in the street;
in the squares she raises her voice.
At the busiest corner she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? ~Proverbs 1:20-22

Image courtesy of Eve Gray, artist.

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Teaching Jesus
Sep
9
10:30 AM10:30

Teaching Jesus

From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. ~Mark 7:24-25

Image: The Syrophoenician Woman Asks Jesus to Cure Her Little Daughter, Pietro del Po (1616-1692), courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Image: Mafa Jesus, Cameroon

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Tenderhearted Living
Aug
12
10:30 AM10:30

Tenderhearted Living

Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. ~Ephesians 4:31-5:2

Image: P. Raube

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That Nothing May Be Lost
Aug
5
10:30 AM10:30

That Nothing May Be Lost

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” ~ John 6:1-5

Image: Jesus feeds the multitudes, Anonymous, Folio, ca 1386. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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Beatles 6: "Let It Be"
Jul
29
10:30 AM10:30

Beatles 6: "Let It Be"

I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love,  I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.

~Ephesians 3:17-19

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Beatles 5: "Here Comes the Sun"
Jul
22
10:30 AM10:30

Beatles 5: "Here Comes the Sun"

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

~Jeremiah 23:5-6

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Beatles 4: "Nowhere Man"
Jul
15
10:30 AM10:30

Beatles 4: "Nowhere Man"

For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. 

~ Mark 6:17-20

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Beatles 3: "In My Life"
Jul
8
10:30 AM10:30

Beatles 3: "In My Life"

David intoned this lamentation over Saul and his son Jonathan. (He ordered that The Song of the Bow be taught to the people of Judah; it is written in the Book of Jashar.) He said: 

“Your glory, O Israel, lies slain upon your high places! How the mighty have fallen!…”

~ 2 Samuel 1:17-19

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"Family of Choice"
Jun
10
10:30 AM10:30

"Family of Choice"

Jesus entered a house. A crowd gathered again so that it was impossible for him and his followers even to eat. When his family heard what was happening, they came to take control of him. They were saying, “He’s out of his mind!” ~ Mark 3:20-21

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Trinity Sunday: "Naming God"
May
27
10:30 AM10:30

Trinity Sunday: "Naming God"

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

~ Isaiah 6:1-3

Image: Jesus Heals the Paralytic, Church of St. Appolinaire Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Pentecost Sunday: "What Does This Mean?"
May
20
10:30 AM10:30

Pentecost Sunday: "What Does This Mean?"

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. ~Acts 2:1-4

 

Image: A Pentecost Past at Union Presbyterian Church.

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Easter 7: "Why Are You Staring Up At Heaven?"
May
13
10:30 AM10:30

Easter 7: "Why Are You Staring Up At Heaven?"

After his suffering Jesus presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” ~Acts 1:3-5

 

Image: From "Indigenous Images of Jesus"

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Easter 6: Worship at Union Presbyterian Church
May
6
10:30 AM10:30

Easter 6: Worship at Union Presbyterian Church

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. ~John 15:9-11

Image: Stained Glass Window at Union Presbyterian Church, Endicott.

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Easter 5: Worship at Union Presbyterian Church
Apr
29
10:30 AM10:30

Easter 5: Worship at Union Presbyterian Church

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

~ 1 John 1:1-4

Image: God is Love Window at Union Presbyterian Church, Endicott.

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Easter 3: "Were Not Our Hearts Burning Within Us?"
Apr
15
10:30 AM10:30

Easter 3: "Were Not Our Hearts Burning Within Us?"

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,  and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?”  

 

Image: Mosaic from the Church of Emmaus Nicopolis, ca. 222 CE. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Easter 2: "Have You Believed Because You Have Seen?"
Apr
8
10:30 AM10:30

Easter 2: "Have You Believed Because You Have Seen?"

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” ~John 20:24-25

 

Image: Doubting Thomas by Caravaggio (1571-1610), Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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Easter Sunday: Who Will Roll Away the Stone?
Apr
1
10:30 AM10:30

Easter Sunday: Who Will Roll Away the Stone?

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” ~Mark 16:1-3

 

Image: An Open Tomb: He is not here. Grave in Israel, photographer Peter van der Sluijs, courtesy of WIkimedia Commons.

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Easter Sunrise: Who Will Roll Away the Stone?
Apr
1
6:30 AM06:30

Easter Sunrise: Who Will Roll Away the Stone?

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” ~Mark 16:1-3

 

Image: An Open Tomb: He is not here. Grave in Israel, by photographer Peter van der Sluijs, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Maundy Thursday Worship
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Maundy Thursday Worship

So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” ~Mark 14:13-15

 

Image: Stained Glass from the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, Findlay, OH, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Hosanna!
Mar
25
10:30 AM10:30

Hosanna!

Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.

I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~Psalm 118:19-24

 

Image: Jesus Entering Jerusalem, Parish Church of Zirl, Austria, by Josef Arnold der Jüngere, 19th c., courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Give Grace Away
Mar
18
10:30 AM10:30

Give Grace Away

Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” ~John 8:2-5

 

Image; Pietr Breughel the Younger, Christ and the woman taken in adultery (1600), courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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