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The Rev. Dr. Quincy Brown

You're Not Yourself When You're Hungry

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15

10th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

August 02, 2015

The Rev. Dr. Quincy Brown (UMC)

Patrick wasn't his usual self. From the moment he walked into the room, I could tell something was off. He didn't want to read, he wasn't interested in drawing, he didn't care about playing checkers. He wasn't his usual chipper and curious self. Instead he acted more like the ogre Shrek. He was irritable, grumpy and complained that nobody cared about him. Between his complaints, I could hear a low groan from deep within his stomach, and I knew that he hadn't had breakfast. He told me that he hadn't had a good breakfast since his grandmother died a couple of weeks ago. 

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The Rev. Talitha Arnold

Angels in the Wilderness

Mark 1:9-13

1st Sunday in Lent -Year B

February 22, 2015

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)


There were angels in the wilderness. It's important to remember that.

After the same Spirit that descended on Jesus at his baptism like a dove, then turned into a dive bomber and drove him out to the desert, there were angels in that wilderness. Along with Satan, the wild beasts and everything else one finds in the desert--heat that burns your skin, thirst that makes your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth, plants crowned with thorns--there were also angels, "who ministered to him."

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