November 12, 2017 -PROMISES OF HOPE AMOS: JUSTICE ROLLS DOWN LIKE WATERS John 7:37-38 Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-14

Today we begin the third subsection of our 2017-2018 journey through the Narrative Lectionary.  The overall theme, you remember, is “Called by God, Blessed to Serve.”  The first subsection was “God Provides Blessings,” and the second was “Called by God.”  Today we begin a subsection entitled “Promises of Hope,” which will be a three week […]

October 29, 2017 CALLED BY GOD: SOLOMON BUILDS THE TEMPLE I Kings 5:1-5 I Kings 8:1-13

There are several significant things about this week.   The text is about Solomon building Israel’s first Temple.  Tuesday marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.  And today we begin our commitment season.  So it seems reasonable that I trace the history of church architecture, the roots of the Reformation, and the […]

October 15, 2017 CALLED BY GOD: SAMUEL I Samuel 3:1-21

Today we begin a new segment of our journey through the Narrative Lectionary.  The overall theme is “Called by God, Blessed to Serve,” and the first segment focused on ways in which God provides blessings through a number of Old Testament stories.  Today we begin a new segment, “Called By God,” in which we will […]

October 8, 2017 GOD PROVIDES BLESSINGS: MANNA John 6:51 Exodus 16:1-18

Last week we left off the Exodus story with the Hebrews caught between the sea and the greatest army on earth, the Egyptian army coming to bring them back into the slavery they were trying to escape.  God parted the sea and the Hebrews passed through to the other side.  The sea came back together […]