Speaker: Rev. Kate Davidson

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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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

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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Pastor Kate plays with the notion that, if he were alive today, King David might be skilled at building a persona through social media.  Like David we also desire to present our best possible selves to the world, in spite of God’s disregard for outward appearances.

 

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Complaints

If there was ever a week that felt worthy of complaint, last week was it. Pastor Kate remembers a time she was stuck in the Mojave Desert and reflects on what the Israelites must have felt wandering around in the wilderness after escaping Pharaoh. All of which connect to our own experience of wandering in the wilderness of tragedy for the past several weeks.

 


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The Good Place

People have been wrestling for years with the question of who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. On the TV show The Good Place, there is no heaven or hell. There is the Good Place and the Bad Place, and their answer to the question is that good people go to the Good Place and bad people go to the Bad Place. But the way that gets lived out on the show makes for an interesting dynamic between good and bad.

 

Sort of like the Jacob and Esau story from Genesis. Pastor Kate dives into how God seems to play with our understanding of what is good and bad and who is rewarded and punished for their behavior.

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23


Image source: Hollywood Reporter.  Screengrab from the NBC Series The Good Place.
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Loose Ends

No one likes loose ends or an unresolved movie ending. Which might be why the story of Abraham taking his son, Isaac, up a mountain to sacrifice him is so unsatisfying. The story reads like a movie plot, seemingly concluding with a happy ending. But a closer look reveals all sorts of loose ends.
Pastor Kate examines these loose ends and what they mean for us as people of God.
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“Surely, not I?”

It’s easy to watch Breaking Bad and assume we’d never become like Walter White; to assume that we are not capable of committing the atrocities he does while cooking and selling methamphetamine.  Pastor Kate tackles this assumption while also examining our slavery to sin – starting with the disciples and then ourselves. Yet, Jesus wants to save us. Which is part of what communion is all about.
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Part 4 of Such Great Things, a sermon series on the sacraments in the Lutheran tradition.
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Anchored

Pastor Kate revisits a time in her life when she was almost swept away by the wind and her need to have something else anchor her down – just as baptism is the anchor for our lives, especially in the midst of racism and Charlottesville.

Part of Such Great Things: Water, Bread & Wine – A sermon series on the sacraments in the Lutheran tradition.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 46
Acts 2:37-42


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Got Your Back

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.

 

Accompanying Scripture:
John 14:15-21

 

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Faith Lutheran Church

3313 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

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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.