Monthly Archives: August 2013

Lessons for Sunday, September 1

Proverbs 25:6-7 6Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great; 7for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. … Continue reading

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Sermon – August 25 – If….Then

The second lesson for this week starts with Isaiah 9b.  The “b” means that the lectionary chose to start the reading at a comma instead of including what came before it.  But what comes before it is important.   “Then you … Continue reading

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Questions about the Lessons for Sunday, August 25

There is a lot of Biblical history that proceeds the First Reading today from Isaiah.   The prophet is addressing the people of Israel upon their return to Jerusalem after nearly 50 years of being in exile.  At they return to … Continue reading

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Lessons for Sunday, August 25

Isaiah 58:9b-14 9bIf you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, 10if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in … Continue reading

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Sermon – August 18 – A Disturbing Peace

Most stories that come to mind about Jesus are stories that make us feel good: healing, preaching and teaching.  So we’re surprised when we hear this passages that tells us He comes to bring fire and division.  This is the … Continue reading

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Questions about the Lessons for Sunday, August 18

Have you heard the news?  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America elected the first woman to its top office yesterday.  The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton served as the bishop of the Synod of Northeast Ohio since 2005 and she will take … Continue reading

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Lessons for Sunday, August 18

Jeremiah 23:23-29 23Am I a God near by, says the LORD, and not a God far off? 24Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says … Continue reading

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Sermon – August 11 – Chairs, Geese and the Kingdom

There is an awful lot of law associated with this gospel lesson this week and it seems not a a whole lot of good news gospel.  It talks of having purses for yourself that don’t wear out but in this … Continue reading

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Questions about the Lessons for Sunday, August 11

So how is the PoWeR SuRGe going for you?  Over the past several weeks, you probably have heard the PoWeR SuRGe mentioned several times in the sermons.  Pray daily, Worship weekly, Read scripture, Serve (in and beyond your congregation), Relationships … Continue reading

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Lessons for Sunday, August 11

Genesis 15:1-6 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you … Continue reading

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