Speaker: Rev. Kate Davidson

It Doesn’t Matter if Harper Stays or Goes

Bryce Harper, the young superstar right fielder for the Washington Nationals baseball team, is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of this season which has prompted questions of whether he will stay or go. Pastor Kate reflects on that question, baseball as a true team sport, as well as the implication of playing as a team in our faith lives.

Accompanying Scripture:
Philippians 2:1-13
Luke 6:43-45

Image Courtesy of Rudi Riet


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It Doesn’t Matter if Harper Stays or Goes
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Magic Eye

Sometimes a thing can be right in front of us and we still can’t see it – much like the 3D image hidden in the patterns of a Magic Eye image. Pastor Kate explores how that was true when the Apostle Paul met the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in Athens and explains who God is to them. She then points to how that is true in our own lives.

 

Accompanying Scripture:
Acts 17:16-31
John 1:16-185

 


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Magic Eye
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Wise people tell Pastor Kate not to believe everything she reads on the internet. Something she has extended to April Fools Day – a healthy skepticism that perhaps shouldn’t be further extended to Easter Sunday. Pastor Kate explores what it means to believe the impossible in the face of an empty tomb.

 

 

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 118:21-29
John 20:1-18

 


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Don’t Believe Everything You Read on the Internet
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Choice

If given the choice, we’ll all choose to save ourselves at some point or another. Just like every human in the final hours of Jesus’ life. Pilate, the Chief Priests, and the crowd – they all choose to save themselves. All of them, except Jesus. Pastor Kate explores what that looks like from the perspective of an almost 17-year-old and what that means for us now.

 

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 146
John 19:1-16a

 


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Choice
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Fear

Fear can be a powerful motivator. It can also blind us to the love that exists in our lives. Pastor Kate explores her own fear before a surgery, Peter’s fear when he enters the courtyard of the high priest, and Jesus’ open love.

 

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 17:1-7
John 18:12-27

 


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Fear
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If You Had Been Here.

Mary and Martha both cry out to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

It is a cry we may also have uttered in the face of another tragedy. Pastor Kate explores where God is in the midst of the violence of our lives, especially when we wonder if God is ever going to show up.

 

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 104:27-30
John 11:1-44

 


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If You Had Been Here.
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4’33”

Imagine entering a concert hall, ready to listen to one of the greatest composers play a piece, only to watch him sit at the piano and do nothing for four and a half minutes.

Pastor Kate follows the lead of composer John Cage and begins her sermon with 4 minutes, 33 seconds of “silence” (the silence is not included in the recording), playing with the idea of our preconceived notions and set definitions. Something Jesus did with the Pharisees 2000 years ago.

 

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 27:1-4
John 9:1-41

 


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4’33”
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Come and See

Word of mouth is a powerful thing – something Dominos Pizza found out the hard way. Pastor Kate explores what Dominos learned and how it applies to our faith life, particularly in the ways Jesus encounters us.
Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 66:1-5
John 1:35-51

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Come and See
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Praying for Rain

Pastor Kate remembers growing up in New Mexico and being pelted with sand as the wind carried it across the landscape. She also remembers praying for rain to water the barren land. Much like the Israelites prayed for relief after returning from exile in Babylon. Pastor Kate explores what this means for us as we await the coming of a savior on Christmas.

Accompanying Scripture:
Isaiah 55:1-13
John 4:13-14


Image: “Abiquiu Storm” by Gerald Byrnes, on Flickr.com. License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Praying for Rain
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Say One Thing, Do Another

A week after a gunman opened fire in a church in a small Texas town, the prophet Amos is difficult to hear and yet needed. Pastor Kate explores what Amos’ words have to say to us in the wake of yet another mass shooting in connection with what God wanted from the Israelites (and now wants from us).

 

Accompanying Scripture:
Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24
John 7:37-38

Accompanying Music (song of the day):
Jon Foreman – “Instead Of A Show”


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Faith Lutheran Church

3313 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

703.525.9283 (Church)
703.525.1375 (Preschool)

Worship Times

8:00 AM (Traditional Service with Organ)
9:30 AM (Praise Service with Band)
11:00 AM (Blended - Piano and Organ)

We invite you to join us this Sunday.