You Give Them Something to Eat

Have you ever had an experience you’ll never forget? It was the day Jesus fed over 5000 people. * * * * * * * * * * * * We’d all been a bit worried about Jesus. He’d just lost his mentor and friend, John. And it wasn’t just an ordinary death. It was a gruesome one, an execution at Herod’s palace. And as if that weren’t enough, they had no respect even for his body. They put his head on a platter. Jesus took the news hard. John had been the one who poured the water over his head When he heard the affirmation from God: “You are my beloved.” John had been with him at the beginning of his ministry,

A surprising little statement about work

Pent 9 B 03 Proper 14 Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 “So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. … Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. … Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” You’ve heard the saying, “Give ‘til it hurts.” Professor of Renaissance literature and real estate tycoon Zell Kravinsky took this phrase literally. He recently gave one of his kidneys to a stranger. It’s

Marlow's Everything store and the Incarnation Problem

Marlow’s Everything Store was a feature in downtown Manchester. It was an old style department store on Main Street, and for decades it was part of the social fabric. Thursday night was shopping night in Manchester; all the stores were open, and since it was the only night of the week when they were, everyone was out. You could buy everything from Ball canning jars to corsets to lawn mowers at Marlow’s, and it was a stop on everyone’s list. By the time I moved to Manchester in the mid-90’s, however, things had changed. The mall had gone in on the north side of town, with big box stores that had greater inventory and lower prices than Marlow’s could ever offer. It was open 6 nights a week unt

It's Raining Manna

Children’s Sermon: It’s Raining Manna People of Israel had been wandering in the desert for two weeks their stores of food and water had almost run out. They cried out to God, feed us!! You should have left us in Egypt! Then God said, “I will rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall gather enough for that day.” And then do you know what happened? ( throw Little paper wafers with the cross on it—confetti !!!) What is it? Manna means, “what is it?” Children, your job is to collect the manna, two per person in their family. (I go around and grab more than my share.) Oh I am SOOOO glad I have ALL this manna! Is that fair? Do you know what happened if the Israelites did t

Zombies, Vampires and Jesus

In April, 2009, a novel entitled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was number three on the New York Times bestseller list. It made a big splash because it was an innovative mash up of Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice and modern zombie fiction, a genre that has a surprising number of readers. The story follows the plot of Pride and Prejudice, but places the novel in an alternative version of Regency era England where zombies roam the English countryside. Described as the "unmentionables", zombies burst into gentile gatherings, disturbing the polite society, wreaking mayhem, and eating human brains. The Bennett sisters, the heroines of the book, fight them off even as they hope to

Since some can not make it to church every Sunday, here's a glimpse into the sermons from recent worship services.  

                

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