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The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan

Kimberleigh Buchanan: Healing Faith

Mark 5:21-43

6th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

July 01, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan (UCC)


What must life have been like? Twelve years sick. Destitute from medical bills, Likely excluded from her religious community, perhaps from any community. Alone.

How much energy must it have taken each morning to lift her fatigued, anemic body, to look for food, to search - again - for a cure. To wash her clothes. Always, to wash her clothes.

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The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson

Ellen Richardson: The Man with the Withered Hand

Mark 3:1-6

2nd Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

June 03, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson (TEC)


What is it like to experience a story of healing? When does healing happen and how do we recognize it? Does healing require a recognizable change in the body to count, or is it really about something else?

The healing of the man with the withered hand in today's gospel from Mark is one that happens so quickly that it is almost lost in the greater drama that surrounds it. The scene is a synagogue, a place of teaching and worship. The attention-grabbing characters - the law-loving Pharisees and the power-craving Herodians - have been trailing Jesus and his disciples, a chorus of judges waiting for Jesus to make a mistake that they would be most happy to hold against him. These strange bedfellows - usually political opponents - found it expedient to work together when it came to undermining the authority and credibility of the one they both perceived as a threat: the One called the Messiah.

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The Very Rev. David Hodges (TEC)

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The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton (ELCA)

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A Meeting on the Shore: The Power of Showing Up!

The Rev. Dennis Patterson, Jr. (TEC)

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When God Weeps

The Rev. Duane Steele (ELCA)

In his sermon for the final Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Duane Steele emphasizes events leading up to the miracle of the raising of Lazarus to encourage us to trust God when we wait in grief and pain for the hope of the resurrection that is to come.
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Raising the Dead, Shepherding God's Sheep

The Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne (TEC)

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The Rev. Reggie Weaver (PCUSA)

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In Repair

The Rev. Dr. Guy Sayles (CBF)

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