Part of the Whole

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed,Continue reading “Part of the Whole”

Through the Waters

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;Continue reading “Through the Waters”

Holy Unhoused Night

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the cityContinue reading “Holy Unhoused Night”

A Home For All

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;   shout, O Israel!Rejoice and exult with all your heart,   O daughter Jerusalem!The Lord has taken away the judgements against you,   he has turned away your enemies.The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;   you shall fear disaster no more.On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:Do not fear, O Zion;   do notContinue reading “A Home For All”

Homesick

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they willContinue reading “Homesick”

Not All Endings Are The End

As [Jesus] 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.” When he was sitting on the Mount ofContinue reading “Not All Endings Are The End”

Embodied Love

Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, so that you and your children and your children’s children, may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, andContinue reading “Embodied Love”

A Childish Dream

Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart heContinue reading “A Childish Dream”

Action Builds Belief

Hear now the new testament reading from James the second chapter. This translation is the NRSV with a few alterations by Pastor Dexter.  My family, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly,Continue reading “Action Builds Belief”