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God Calls David

Sometimes it’s easier to look back and wish for what once was – back where things were more certain. But there comes a time that the unknown is the only thing for us. In this Sunday’s text in 1 Samuel, we hear about Samuel anointing David as God’s chosen and how Samuel stepped into the unknown that laid ahead. Listen as Intern Pastor Jennie explores when it’s time to step into unknown times.

Accompanying Scripture:
1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 51:10-14

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God Calls Samuel

How many times have you wished for God to speak so clearly you can hear exactly what’s being said? Many of us have wished for that, and yet perhaps God has and we just haven’t been able to discern it is God. In this Sunday’s text from 1 Samuel, we hear the story of God’s call to Samuel. Samuel clearly hears God and mistakes the voice for that of his mentor, Eli. Listen as Pastor Kate explores how God is still speaking to us and if we are mistaken about whose voice it is.

Accompanying Scripture:
Samuel 3:1-21, John 20:21-23

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God Provides Manna

This week we hear about the Israelites walking through the wilderness after they are freed from Egypt. We see the Israelites complain about not having food or knowing where it would come from. But God provides quail and manna for everyone to be filled. This is more than a story about food – it’s about trust in God to provide when we don’t know what to expect. Listen as guest preacher Rev. Ron Zschoche considers what it means to trust God to provide when we don’t know the details.

Accompanying Scripture:
Exodus 16:1-18, John 6:51

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God’s Name is Revealed

This week, we hear the story of God sharing God’s name with Moses and telling him to lead God’s people out of Egypt while Moses makes excuses to send someone else. Listen as Intern Jennie considers what it means to trust and know God more to lead us to our callings.

Accompanying Scripture:
Exodus 2:23-25, 3:1-15, 4:10-17, John 8:58

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Jacob’s Dream

This Sunday, we hear the story of Isaac’s (the boy who was almost sacrificed in last week’s text) youngest son, Jacob, who steals his older brother’s blessing and then is on the run when he is also blessed by God. Listen as Pastor Kate considers whether God has favorites, that God may very well work in and through deceit, and where it is we might find God in our midst.

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23; 28:10-17, John 1:50-51

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Binding of Isaac

This week we explore at the story of the binding (sacrificing?) of Isaac by Abraham. Abraham has to choose from two difficult options and has to trust that God will provide Isaac and him with what they need. Listen as Intern Pastor Jennie considers how Abraham trusts God in the most difficult action in his life and how we look to God in times of struggles.    

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 21:1-3;22:1-14, John 1:29

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Creation by the Word

This week we go all the way back to the beginning as we read the first of two creation accounts found at the very beginning of our biblical witness. Genesis 1 tells the story of how God created the world in seven days and after each day of creation, God took a step back and saw that it was good. Not perfect. Listen as Pastor Kate explores the goodness of a flawed creation and how we reconcile acts of violence, disease, and evil as they exist in God’s good creation.  

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 1:1 –2:4

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Jesus Heals Legion, a Man Possessed by Demons

When we read this week’s text of the demoniac, we normally see the physical miracle of healing and the releasing of the demons within the man. We look and consider the physical actions surrounding the story. But the man experiences more than the physical healing. What would it look like to consider the feelings within the story? Where do we find our honest and whole selves in God? Listen as Intern Pastor Jennie considers the emotions of the man and how we connect with God in the midst of emotions we struggle with.  

Accompanying Scripture:
Mark 5: 1-20

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Job’s Lament and Loss

What do you do when your world falls apart? Everything Job holds dear – his property, his family, his wealth, his physical health – has been taken from him. Reduced to suffering and misery, Job laments his circumstances and tries to make sense of what has happened to him. How do we also seek to make meaning of our pain? Listen as Pastor Kate considers where to find understanding when nothing makes sense and our lives have fallen apart.

Accompanying Scripture:
Job 28: 12-28

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Moses’ Mother Gives Moses Up So He Can Live

We often take for granted this week’s story of Moses’s mom putting him a basket and floating him down the river to his eventual safety and future. It’s easy to see it as only a plot point in a fascinating tale that ends with God’s people being liberated from slavery. Yet, it is so much more than that – it is a testament to real love, the strength it takes to say goodbye to someone you hold so dear, and the risk that can be involved when we choose life. Listen as Pastor Kate considers how there is great strength in vulnerability and that real love sometimes means letting go.

Accompanying Scripture:
Exodus 1:22; 2:1-10

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