Day1 Weekly Program Archive

Talitha Arnold: And the Desert Shall Bloom

The Rev. Talitha Arnold
Organization: United Church of Santa Fe, NM
Denomination: United Church of Christ

Blossoms in the desert, streams in the dry land. Blind eyes that are opened and lonely people led home. Talitha Arnold says that's the vision of Isaiah--joy that comes as a complete surprise. Joy that comes not from our deserving, but from all God's doing.

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Talitha Arnold: The Fire This Time

The Rev. Talitha Arnold
Organization: United Church of Santa Fe, NM
Denomination: United Church of Christ

In her sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Talitha Arnold says, may John's cry in the wilderness bring us back to the Creator of heaven and earth. May his cry change our lives that we might love this world--its people, its forests, its fields, this earth--as God so loves.

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Theresa Thames: What Time Is It?

The Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames
Organization: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Denomination: United Methodist Church

As she guides us into Advent, Theresa S. Thames says this is the season of celebration, joy, and wonder--not just in what was, but in what could be. Now is the time! Imagine how we could be instruments of grace, peace, justice, and hope in a battered, discouraged, exhausted, and torn world.

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Matthew Gaventa: Best Position Player

The Rev. Matthew Gaventa
Organization: University Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Here's the gospel, Matt Gaventa says: More than it ever has, the world needs a church that moves. Because Jesus is on the move, and he always has been. And you can't follow Jesus by standing still.

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Bill Carter: Living the Dream

The Rev. William Carter
Organization: First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit, PA
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Bill Carter says Isaiah offers a holy invitation to live the dream God has for us all. To live as generously as Jesus. To respect, serve, and love one another. It's not enough to have the dream; the dream must also take flesh in our lives.

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Noel Schoonmaker: God of the Living

The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker
Organization: Second Baptist Church, Richmond, VA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Noel Schoonmaker says resurrection is the conviction on which Christianity is built. Jesus not only proclaimed resurrection, he also personified it. For after he died on the cross, he arose from the grave, promising all who follow him that we shall likewise find life on the other side of death.

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Regina Hassanally: Always Tell the Truth

Bishop Regina Hassanally
Organization: Southeastern Minnesota Synod, Rochester, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Bishop Regina Hassanally says we are defined not by our sins; rather we are, as beloved children of God, first and foremost defined by grace--and this is the capital T Truth. It is a truth we need reminding of again and again until it takes root and forms us from the inside out.

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Mandy Sayers: God's Star Student

The Rev. Mandy Sayers
Organization: Glen Mar United Methodist Church, Ellicott City, MD
Denomination: United Methodist Church

Mandy Sayers says whenever anybody realizes they cannot earn their way into God's heart, that's when God's eyes begin to sparkle. Because that person is ready to serve - to share the love of Jesus with Pharisees, tax collectors, and everybody in between.

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Ruth Pattison: Don't Let Go

The Rev. Ruth Pattison
Organization: Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Ruth Pattison asks, could Jesus' lesson on prayer mean that prayer is to listen for the whisper, 'don't let go'? Or prayer could simply be to answer the door, annoyed or not. Or prayer could be to wrestle with god in human form until dawn breaks.

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Amy McCullough: Gratitude That Saves

The Rev. Dr. Amy P. McCullough
Organization: Grace United Methodist Church, Baltimore, MD
Denomination: United Methodist Church

Amy McCullough says Jesus sees us, as he did the 10 persons with leprosy. Moments when we experience Jesus seeing us are healing - they nurture our faith in the One who can transform us from isolated exiles into beloved children.

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John Thompson-Quartey: Lord, Increase Our Faith

The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartey
Organization: Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, GA
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

John Thompson-Quartey says by telling his disciples they only need a tiny faith to be agents of transformation, Jesus affirms our own daily lives as opportunities for God's grace to transform lives around us.

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David Jordan: How to Take Hold of Life

The Rev. Dr. David Jordan
Organization: First Baptist Church, Decatur, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

David Jordan says 1 Timothy 6 tells us we were made for this time, and God's eternal presence is in us, with us, and among us. Now, let's life into the reality God has already set in motion.

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Dennis Patterson Jr.: From Dishonest Wealth to Purpose

The Rev. Dennis Patterson, Jr.
Organization: The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, Decatur, GA
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Dennis Patterson encourages us to imagine a faith that believes you don’t have to end where you started, to imagine a God who recognizes and celebrates the potential you have even when you are failing miserably. This is our God!

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Teresa Fry Brown: A Divine Cure for Heart Conditions

The Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown
Organization: Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Other

Dr. Teresa Fry Brown encourages us to pray David's prayer to create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me - to cure us of our heart conditions!

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Jarrod Longbons: Jesus: Not a Good Pitchman

The Rev. Dr. Jarrod Longbons
Organization: Peachtree Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Dr. Jarrod Longbons hears Jesus say, "Beloved, stop trying to win. Just follow me, and do the next faithful thing. Reassess what is important to you, and take up your cross and follow me. You may transform the world."

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Katie Owen Aumann: This Is Not Emily Post's Dinner Party

The Rev. Katie Owen Aumann
Organization: Morningside Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Katie Aumann says Jesus' parable in Luke 14 reminds us that the ushering in of the kingdom of heaven begins at ordinary places like the dinner tables we gather around every day. At his table, none are worthy, but all are welcome.

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Ruthanna Hooke: Set Free on the Sabbath Day

The Rev. Dr. Ruthanna Hooke
Organization: Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Dr. Ruthanna Hooke says, whatever your burdens may be, Jesus' urgent desire is your freedom--freedom to choose God, to follow Christ, to be led by the Holy Spirit, and to be the particular person God has created you to be.

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Jasmine Smothers: When My Faith Is Not Enough

The Rev. Jasmine Smothers
Organization: Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Denomination: United Methodist Church

The Rev. Jasmine Smothers says there will be days when our faith by itself is simply not enough. God created us to need the saints, so our faith is incomplete without the faith of others.

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Lisa Goods: How Long?

The Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Goods
Organization: Shiloh Baptist Church, Cleveland, OH
Denomination: United Church of Christ

In her sermon on Psalm 10, the Rev. Dr. Lisa Goods calls us to have hope in the midst of our tears, because God does see, and God has given us the power to make a difference through our voices.

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Ben Stewart: The Man Who Mistook His Life for a Barn

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin M. Stewart
Organization: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

In his sermon on Jesus parable in Luke 12, Ben Stewart says we are both physically and spiritually part of the good earth, made from good soil, fertile ground, and created to participate in the generosity of the earth rather than to fight against it, to share in it rather than trying to contain and hoard it.

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