Advent 3: Joy
Dec
16
10:30 AM10:30

Advent 3: Joy

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day:

Give thanks to the Lord,

call on his name;

make known his deeds among the nations;

proclaim that his name is exalted.

~Isaiah 12:3-4

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Advent 2: Peace
Dec
9
10:30 AM10:30

Advent 2: Peace

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,

for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,

to give God’s people knowledge of salvation

by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”             ~Luke 1:76-79

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Advent 1: Hope
Dec
2
10:30 AM10:30

Advent 1: Hope

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.” ~Jeremiah 33:14-16

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A King's Last Words
Nov
25
10:30 AM10:30

A King's Last Words

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~Revelation 1:4b-6

Image: Jesus of the People copyright 1999 Janet McKenzie www.janetmckenzie.com 

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Stones and Labor
Nov
18
10:30 AM10:30

Stones and Labor

As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” ~Mark 13:1-2

Image: The Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (1637), Nicolas Poussin, Museum of Art History in Vienna, Austria, Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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A Celebration of Life: All Saints Day
Nov
4
10:30 AM10:30

A Celebration of Life: All Saints Day

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” ~ Revelation 21:1-4

Image: The Dancing Saints, by Mark Dukes, @2009 St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco. Used with permission.

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Good Questions
Oct
21
10:30 AM10:30

Good Questions

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? “Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb?— when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors, 11and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?” ~Job 38:4-10

Image: Job Confessing his Presumption to God who Answers from the Whirlwind, by William Blake (1757-1827), Public Domain. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Sunday Worship at Union Presbyterian Church
Oct
14
10:30 AM10:30

Sunday Worship at Union Presbyterian Church

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 

~Mark 10:17-20

Image: Christ and the Rich Young Man, by A. N. Mironov, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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The Mouths of Babes: World Communion Sunday
Oct
7
10:30 AM10:30

The Mouths of Babes: World Communion Sunday

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. ~Mark 10:13-16

Photograph: Copyright Union Presbyterian Church, Endicott, NY. All rights reserved.

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The Little Ones
Sep
30
10:30 AM10:30

The Little Ones

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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