Open the Eyes of My Heart

Sunday’s Scripture –May 24, 2020 Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24: 44-53   Reflection This is Ascension Sunday. At the end of Luke 24 is an account of this event. Before Jesus …

Kept in our Hearts

Sunday’s Scripture –May 17, 2020 Psalm 66:8-20, John 14:15-21   Reflection Jesus’s words to his disciples in John 14 are part of what’s known as The Farewell Discourse– his parting …

No Trouble in My Heart

Sunday’s Scripture –May 10, 2020 Psalm 31:5, 15-16, John 14:1-14   Reflection John 14-17 is known as the Farewell Discourse. Mostly written in red, it’s Jesus’s parting words to his …

Hearts Overflowing

Sunday’s Scripture –May 3, 2020 John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47 Reflection At the end of Acts 2, we are told about the life of the early Church: “They devoted themselves to …

Straight from the Heart

Sunday’s Scripture –April 26, 2020 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19, Luke 24: 13-35 Reflection Luke is the only gospel writer who gives us the story of The Walk to Emmaus. You can …

Glad Hearts

Sunday’s Scripture –April 19, 2020 Psalm 16:5-11, John 20:19-31 Reflection In the latter part of John 20, we are told what the disciples were up to before Jesus appeared to …

Hang on

Saturday and Sunday’s Scripture –April 11-12, 2020 John 1:5, John 20:1 Reflection It was into chaotic darkness that God created the world. God pushed back the darkness, ordered it, and …

More Like The Donkey

Sunday’s Scripture –April 5, 2020 Matthew 21:1-11 Reflection In Matthew 21, we read about Jesus’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. The chapter begins with Jesus instructing the disciples to go and …

Dry, Dry Bones

Sunday’s Scripture –March 29, 2020 Ezekiel 37:3   Reflection Maybe it feels a bit like we’re in a valley of dry bones. Maybe you’re the prophet Ezekiel, bringing a message …

A Shepherd Who Is With Us

Sunday’s Scripture –March 22, 2020 Psalm 23   Reflection “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” That’s how the NRSV translates the first verse of the infamous twenty-third …

Under Pressure

Sunday’s Scripture –March 15, 2020 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.”  Exodus 17:4 And just …

A Journey

Sunday’s Scripture –March 8, 2020 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” …

Eyes Opened

Sunday’s Scripture –March 1, 2020 Then the eyes of both were opened. – Genesis 3:7a Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination. – …

Epiphany to Lent: The Transfiguration

In this season of Epiphany, we focus on God’s fulfillment of unfailing promises, the promise of new life through Jesus, faithfulness, ministry, blessings, guidance, freedom, and the promise in the …

God’s Promise in the Transfiguration

Sunday’s Scripture –February 23, 2020 Psalm 2, Matthew 17:1-9 Reflection The Pre-Christian and Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England had a keen sense for thin places. Thin places …

God’s Promise of Freedom

Sunday’s Scripture –February 16, 2020 Deut. 30:15-20, Ps. 119:1-8  Reflection If God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, then he must directly control every single molecule in the universe, right? That …

God’s Promise of Guidance/Youth Sunday

Sunday’s Scripture –February 9, 2020 Ps. 112:1-10, Matt: 5:13-20 Reflection We return to the beatitudes this week with Jesus’ counter-cultural message. Every home, however poor, used and still uses both …

God’s Promise of Blessing

Sunday’s Scripture –February 2, 2020 Psalm 15, Matthew 5:1-12 Reflection In Matthew, Jesus teaches us that we need to be followers, even if it means being persecuted. We are to …

God’s Promise of Ministry

Sunday’s Scripture –January 26, 2020 Psalm 27:1,Psalm 27:4-9; Matthew 4:12-23 Reflection For centuries, Jewish rabbis called young men to be their disciples or followers. But the education process began long …

God’s Promise of Faithfulness

Sunday’s Scripture –January 19, 2020 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40:1-11 Reflection Something important to keep in mind when studying Paul’s writings is that he had no intention of his letters …

God’s Promise of New Life

Sunday’s Scripture –January 12, 2020 Psalm 29, Matthew 3:13-17 Reflection Most Protestant denominations recognize two sacraments: baptism and Holy Communion. A sacrament is a vehicle for God’s grace. That is, …

Green Team Summit 2020

Hosted by GA Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL) Facing the Rising Sun: Climate Change & Ecowomanist Wisdom is the focus of GIPL’s third annual Green Team Summit, featuring Rev. Dr. Melanie …

Epiphany

Sunday’s Scripture –January 5, 2020 Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12 Reflection We say “wise men,” the Greek word is “Magi,” the song says “kings.” So just what were these guys? Well, …

Christmas Eve – What Can’t Wait

Christmas Eve Scripture –December 24, 2019 Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7 Reflection The first time we actually hear Jesus called “the Messiah” in Luke is in the angelic announcement to …

Love Can’t Wait

Sunday’s Scripture –December 22, 2019 Matthew 1:18-25 Reflection Have you ever had to put all your trust in something you didn’t fully understand or maybe even at the time, believe? …

Joy Can’t Wait

Sunday’s Scripture –December 15, 2019 Isaiah 35:1-10 Luke 1:46B-55 Reflection Luke 1:46-55 is often called “Mary’s Song”, and this is the first of four “songs” in the book of Luke. …

What Can’t Wait

Have you ever heard a child or adolescent utter, “I can’t wait!!!!” As adults, we may have used the same phrase. I can’t wait for the weekend! I can’t wait …

Peace Can’t Wait

Sunday’s Scripture –December 8, 2019 Isaiah 11:1-10 Matthew 3:1-12 Reflection When reading Isaiah 11:1-10, this insurance commercial from the mid-2000s comes to mind. This portrait of the peaceable Kingdom is …

Hope Can’t Wait

Sunday’s Scripture –December 1, 2019 Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalm 122 Reflection Professionals who help people in difficult situations recognize that having hope is fundamental to overcoming bad situations. Studies have been …

Christ is the Center of All

Sunday’s Scripture –November 24, 2019 Colossians 1:11-20 Background In Paul’s letter to the Colossians he speaks with urgency, reminding the church of who Jesus is and what that means for …

Faith in Public

Sunday’s Scripture –November 17, 2019 Isaiah 65:17-25 Background The book of Isaiah is a rich, complex, and massive book. Many scholars divide the book into two major sections. Chapters 1-39 …

Faith in Difficult Times

Sunday’s Scripture –November 10, 2019 Job 19:23-27 Reflection The scripture for this lesson comes from the book of Job. Job is a beautiful and complicated work. Christians, scholars, and Christian …

What Disciples Do

In these autumn weeks that lead up to Advent, our worship theme is “What Disciples Believe Do.” This isn’t to discount the significance of belief at all; instead, the theme …

Hope in Resurrection

Sunday’s Scripture –November 3, 2019 Ephesians 1:11-13 Reflection We learn from the Apostle’s Creed another attribute of what Disciples do. Disciples affirm their belief in “the communion of saints.” On …

Leaving Judgment Where It Belongs

Sunday’s Scripture – October 27, 2019 Luke 18:9-14 Reflection The Pharisee was the example of an ideal religious person. He attended the temple, he prayed, he fasted two times a …

Wrestling with God

Sunday’s Scripture – October 20, 2019 Genesis 32:22-31 Reflection What does it mean to wrestle with God? We read this odd account in Genesis of Jacob wrestling with a “man”. …

A Letter

Sunday Scripture – October 6, 2019 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Background In 1726 somebody called First and Second Timothy and Titus “The Pastoral Epistles” and the name stuck. These letters were …

For the love of money

Sunday Scripture – September 29, 2019 1 Timothy 6:6-10 Background Paul probably wrote First Timothy after being released from house arrest and then doing some more traveling. Timothy was serving …

The Lost

Sunday Scripture – September 15, 2019 Luke 15:1-10   Reflection Luke 15 contains three of Jesus’ parables, stories that Jesus told which made a point/taught a lesson, which reveal to …