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The Rev. Dr. Blair Monie

A Lingering Fragrance

John 12:1-11

5th Sunday in Lent - Year C

March 13, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Blair Monie (PCUSA)

 

"When we lift our hands in praise and worship, we break spiritual jars of perfume over Jesus. The fragrance of our praise fills the whole earth and touches the heart of God." 
- Dennis Ignatius

The smell of chlorine wafts through the air. Suddenly, you recall childhood memories of summers spent in a swimming pool you haven't seen in years. Or perhaps it's a whiff of apple pie or the scent of the perfume your grandmother wore or maybe incense from an old church, and memories come flooding in.

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The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth

Coming Home

Luke 15:1-3,11b-32

4th Sunday in Lent - Year C

March 06, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth (CBF)

 

Act I: The Younger Son

Dad is well off. He is a gentleman farmer who owns considerable land. The younger son gets bored and wants to take off. You have known people like this; they have to live fast. Morning chores will never hold them to the farm. This guy must get out of here. Leave home--hit the road.

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The Rev. Dr. Beth LaRocca-Pitts (UMC)

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February 21, 2016

Your Prophetic Voice

The Rev. Christopher Girata (TEC)

Luke 13 raises the questions, what is a prophet? The Rev. Chris Girata helps us answer that question, and points out that prophets have something in common: their truth is quickly rejected by those who have a stake in maintaining power and the status quo. Jesus serves as our example, and calls us to be prophetic in our own unique way today.
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The Good Choice

The Rev. Christopher Girata (TEC)

In his sermon for the first Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Chris Girata says Jesus' temptation in the wilderness is about our human relationship with God, that we are not alone in the world and not alone to face troubles, fears, and temptations of the world on our own. Jesus provides a model for strength in the face of temptation and trouble.
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Written Within You

The Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess (UCC)

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The Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess (UCC)

In his sermon for the 4th Sunday in Lent, Dr. Ben Guess helps us wrestle with a very familiar verse--John 3:16--by putting it into its context of Jesus' conversation with the Pharisee Nicodemus, in which Jesus tries to help the legalistic religious leader see salvation more expansively.
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The Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess (UCC)

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Cross Purposes

The Rev. Dr. Robert Baggott (UCC)

In his sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, Dr. Bob Baggott helps us understand the cross to be the place of our ultimate transformation, a place to hang our arrogance, our rage, our bitterness, our prejudice, our greed--and then let them die, so that something more eternally good and grace-filled and Christlike may be resurrected.
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Angels in the Wilderness

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

As we begin the season of Lent, the Rev. Talitha Arnold focuses on the moving image in Mark's gospel of angels ministering to Jesus in the wilderness--and encourages us to consider the angels we have known and loved, and who have loved us, in the wilderness times of our own lives.