Charles Boyle and Jake Peralta are partners and best friends on the sitcom, Brooklyn Nine Nine. They always have each other’s backs, and this is especially true when Charles needs a Captain Latvia doll for his son for Christmas.
Pastor Kate explores their relationship and the connection to Jesus’ promise to the disciples to ask God the Father to send another Advocate to be with them forever.
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If you’ve ever been on a phone call with someone you know well, then you likely can identify who answers the phone simply the other person’s voice. Pastor Kate had an experience in which the person she thought she was speaking with may not have been correct. She then uses that story to examine Jesus’ claims in John 10 that the sheep know the shepherd by the sound of his voice.
You are an adult when you pay for things you can’t see. This is the newest marker of adulthood. Yet, sometimes it seems to be easier to understand why we should pay the electric bill than to believe in a risen God. Pastor Kate explores these ideas alongside the “Doubting Thomas” story.
Jesus’ arrival in Bethany must have been agonizing for Mary and Martha, especially when Jesus arrives a day too late for there to be any hope of bringing their brother, Lazarus, back from the dead.
Sometimes waiting for God to show up in our lives is agonizing. God just doesn’t seem to show up when we want or expect. Pastor Kate explores these themes and the story of the raising of Lazarus.
If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. At least that’s the mentality we tend to live by. But the woman at the well in John 4 found something in Jesus she could trust – even when nobody else trusted her. God comes to us not as a con-man, but as one who fully sees us and loves us anyway.
Image “Water of Life” by Stephen Broadbent, at Chester Cathedral. Photo credit: Duncan Hull
I (Pastor Kate) have a very vivid memory of screaming, “I hate you,” at my mom. I think it only happened once, but it was enough to hurt my mom. But it’s also something I’m sure I’ve communicated to God more than once either through my actions or lack thereof – and I’m sure it doesn’t hurt God any less than it hurt my mom. Turns out God loves us in spite of our hate – that’s precisely the point of John 3:16-17.
Salt doesn’t taste very good on its own. It’s only really any good when it’s added to something else. So, when Jesus tells the crowd they are the salt of the earth, he wants them to flavor and preserve the world instead of keeping to themselves.
It’s time for us, the church, to heed Jesus’ words and enhance the flavors of the world.
Isaiah 58: 1-12
Christmas is over and things have begun to return to normal. It’s easy to find ourselves in a fog of forgetfulness, consumed by the return to normal routines and busyness.
Just as it seems Mary and Joseph forgot who Jesus was in the midst of 12 years of normal. That is, until he gets left behind in Jerusalem and they begin to panic, searching for him everywhere except where he is.
In this sermon, Pastor Kate explores our forgetfulness in the midst of “normal” and Jesus’ response.
Luke 2: 41-52