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Spirit of the Lord upon Me

At the end of a year where many of us feel broken down and brokenhearted, it can be difficult to imagine how we will ever rebuild society and spirits. This week the prophet Isaiah reminds us that God is the greatest architect and that the Spirit of the Lord rebuilds us and brings life from the rubble. Listen as Intern Pastor Miriam explores how we too can bring joy and renewal to those around us during this Advent season.

Accompanying Scripture:
Isaiah 61:1-11, Luke 4:16-21

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God’s Promised Spirit

This December is punctuated by a pandemic and for many shrouded by pain, suffering, and despair. If there were ever a year we need Advent, it’s this year, and this week’s text reminds us of that. Joel, an unlikely prophet, stands in the ruins of his city looking for hope. Listen as Pastor Kate explores where we might find that same hope in our lives now.

Accompanying Scripture:
Joel 2:12-13, 28-29, Luke 11:13

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Daniel’s Hope in God

Our world is full of tension: so often we are stuck between doing what we want and what we know is right. For the prophet Daniel, tension rose as his faith – his hope – was tested. As we begin a new season in the church year – Advent – we find ourselves waiting and hoping in the tension of this pandemic life. But we have a God who waits with us, a God who abides in the tension with us. On this first week of Advent, we hold onto hope.

Accompanying Scripture:
Daniel 6:6-27, Luke 23:1-5

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God Promises a New Covenant

Anyone who has a tattoo knows the painful process of having something written indelibly into their skin. Yet, what is there will be forever (laser removal withstanding). Which seems like a good analogy for God’s promise to create a new covenant with the people of God and to write the law on our hearts. Listen as Pastor Kate explores what this means, for us to have God’s law written into our hearts.

Accompanying Scripture:
Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23,27-28; then 31:31-34, Luke 22:19-20

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God Calls Isaiah

In this week’s reading, Isaiah finds himself in front of God while the world around him is collapsing. After having his lips cleansed with a burning coal, he volunteers to be sent to proclaim God’s glory to a world in need. Listen as Pastor Kate explores what it means to do hard things for the glory of God.

Accompanying Scripture:
Isaiah 6:1-8, Luke 5:8-10

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Jonah and God’s Mercy

The story of Jonah is often told with an emphasis on the big fish that swallows Jonah up, but that’s only part of the story. Before he’s thrown overboard, before the fish, Jonah and his shipmates face a grueling, tempestuous storm. In these days following the election, you may very well feel caught in a tempestuous storm of your own. Listen as Intern Pastor Miriam explores where God is in the midst of such anxiety. Will God still the storm?

Accompanying Scripture:
Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10; 4:1-11, Luke 18:13

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All Saints’ Sunday

This Sunday we celebrated All Saints’ Day, a day where we remember the lives of those who have died in the past year. As we gathered to mark their lives, we heard from the prophet Elijah, whose story reminds us of the vulnerability of the human condition. Listen as Intern Pastor Miriam explores how despite our fragility as earthly creatures, we have a God who promises to sustains us daily, both in this life and forever.

Accompanying Scripture:
1 Kings 17:1-24, Luke 4:24-26

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God Answers Hannah

Often we pray and sometimes it seems our prayers go unanswered. But there are those times, like in this Sunday’s story from 1 Samuel, when God does answer our prayers. Listen as Pastor Kate explores how God does hear us and has more power than anything else in this world, including our current problems.

Accompanying Scripture:
1 Samuel 1:9-11, 19-20; 2:1-10, Luke 1:46-55

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Golden Calf

Let’s face it: We are pretty impatient people. Waiting in lines, waiting for people to call us back, waiting for mail to arrive… Isn’t this what gave rise to same-day delivery, instant shopping online, and meal delivery services? Why wait when you could have it now! The Israelites struggled with waiting too. This week their impatience gets the better of them. Listen as Intern Pastor Miriam explores what we do when we are afraid and more specifically, what we do when we are afraid that God isn’t there for us.

Accompanying Scripture:
Exodus 32:1-14, Luke 23:34

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The Promise of Passover

In the Exodus (which literally translated from Greek means “way out”) story, Moses and the Israelites were looking for the exit from slavery. This week we heard the end of that story, when God provides them the exit sign they are looking for. Listen as Pastor Kate explores the ways God provides even for us today.

Accompanying Scripture:
Exodus 12:1-13; 13:1-8, Luke 22:14-20

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