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Mistaken Identity

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.

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What You Can’t See

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.

Accompanying Scripture:
John 20:19-31


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Easter Sunday

Accompanying Scripture:
John 20:1-18


Image : North mosaic 02 – Resurrection Chapel – National Cathedral – DC
Photo credit: Tim Evanson, License: CC BY-SA 2.0

 

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Palm Sunday

Accompanying Scripture:
Matthew 21

 

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Agony – April 3, 2017 Sermon

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.

Accompanying Scripture:

John 11:1-45


Image used by permission: Jocelyn Durston
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Con-Men

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.

 

Accompanying Scripture:
John 4:5-42


Image “Water of Life” by Stephen Broadbent, at Chester Cathedral.  Photo credit: Duncan Hull
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“I Hate You”

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.

Accompanying scripture:
John 3:1-17


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Temptation

Temptation comes in the ordinariness of our lives and makes us forget who we are and what we are called to do.  It causes us to doubt the truth: that we are God’s beloved children.

Accompanying scripture:
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Matthew 4:1-11


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