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The Rev. Talitha Arnold

Talitha Arnold: "Longing for Cucumbers"

Numbers 11:4-15

19th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

September 30, 2018

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)


The Israelites cried out to Moses, "We remember the fish we had in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic." 

There are a lot of foods I like - lemon meringue pie, enchiladas, blueberry muffins. There are even some foods I crave - like chocolate in any form. But cucumbers, leeks and onions? They're not at the top of my list. In fact, they're not even onthe list.

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The Rev. Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart: He Was With the Wild Beasts

Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1:9-15

1st Sunday in Lent - Year B

February 18, 2018

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

In his autobiography Samuel Clemens, the beloved humorist known as Mark Twain, wrote words akin to the Gospel of Mark's briefest description of Jesus' forty days and nights in the wilderness:

With the going down of the sun my faith failed and the clammy fears gathered about my heart. Those were awful nights, nights of despair, nights charged with the bitterness of death. In my age as in my youth, night brings me many a deep remorse.

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