Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Deuteronomy 18:15-201 Corinthians 8:1-13Mark 1:21-28Psalm 111 What do you expect it to be like when you meet Jesus? And then: what is it like when you actually meet Jesus? We are early on the Gospel of Mark. Mark is the shortest Gospel, it is probably the oldest, and it is the one that tellsContinue reading “Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

Second Sunday after Christmas by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Jeremiah 31:7-14 Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 Psalm 84 or 84:1-8 My public school career began a handful of years before the video cassette became commonplace. And so my early experience with watching films in a classroom featured a member of the AV Club rolling a cart with a projector on it into the room.Continue reading “Second Sunday after Christmas by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

Third Sunday in Lent by Suzy Jeffreys

Lessons: Exodus 17:1-7 Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42 Psalm 95 The Samaritan woman can see someone at the well as she approaches…a man, she realizes, as she gets closer. The text doesn’t say, but given the time of day it’s not unlikely that they would have been the only two people at the well. Most would’veContinue reading “Third Sunday in Lent by Suzy Jeffreys”

The Second Sunday in Lent by The Rev. Jeanne Kaliszewski

Lessons: Genesis 12:1-4a Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 John 3:1-17 Psalm 121   Life begins in water. Life begins in the dark. This is true biologically. Our lives all begin in the water and darkness of our mother’s bodies. We are water creatures first, floating with eyes sealed shut as our bodies are knit together cell byContinue reading “The Second Sunday in Lent by The Rev. Jeanne Kaliszewski”

The First Sunday in Lent by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 Psalm 32 This is the story of the man, the woman, the snake, and God. God has set up this garden, this paradise. In it, there is everything a human being could need, everything that a human being could want. The weather is so pleasant and theContinue reading “The First Sunday in Lent by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

Ash Wednesday by Holly Puckett

Lessons: Joel 2:1-2,12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 Psalm 103 Have you ever had the chance to work with an improv group? They have this technique for working together, a way to communicate and support each other live onstage in order to move the action forward. It’s called YES AND. Let me give you anContinue reading “Ash Wednesday by Holly Puckett”

The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Matthew 5:21-37 Psalm 119:1-8 It is very near the end of the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness, very near the end of the forty years that the twelve tribes have spent wandering and searching, now lost and now found, always somehow guided by God. And the aged Moses, 120Continue reading “The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

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