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Speaker: Rev. Kate Davidson

Stephen’s Witness

As we anticipate the end of this pandemic and looking forward to returning to in person services and activities, we must fully acknowledge some things have fundamentally shifted. Which makes this Sunday’s text at the beginning of Acts, one in which the disciples begin to find new ways of serving the community and living their faith as they adjust to the new resurrection reality, an interesting story for us to consider as we look toward our future life together. Listen as Pastor Kate explores how we might pivot when new needs arise and where God is in the midst of all of this.

Accompanying Scripture:
Acts 6:1-7:2a, 44-60, Luke 23:33-34a, 46

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Resurrection

This past year has felt, for many of us, like a long, extended Lent and Holy Week. As this pandemic year surrounds us with grief and loss many of us find ourselves looking for God – perhaps even doubting God’s existence. Much like the very first Easter morning, when doubt and disbelieve filled those who found an empty tomb, we seek relief and assurance. Listen as Pastor Kate explores the resurrection story and where we might expect to find a dead God, we instead discover Jesus is among the living and seeks us, wherever we may be.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 118:17, 21-24, Luke 24:1-12

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Zacchaeus

On our final Sunday in Lent before we get to Palm Sunday and Holy Week, Jesus is on his way to enter Jerusalem but must make a couple more stops before he gets there. Each part of the story this week, Jesus foretelling his death and resurrection, the disciples not understanding, the healing of a blind man, and then finally Jesus meeting Zacchaeus, invites us to consider if we see what Jesus means. Listen as Pastor Kate explores how sometimes there’s much more there than what we first see.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 84:1-4, 10-12, Luke 18:31-19,10

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Lost Sheep, Coin, Son

Many of us are so familiar with the three stories Jesus tells in Luke 15 that we’ll immediately say yes, we’ll go off to search for the one while leaving the other 99 behind. Even if the answer is yes, then the question also becomes, “are we willing to be the 99 left behind for the sake of the one?” Listen as Pastor Kate considers what it means to be lost and if it’s possible to be lost even when we’re already home.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 119:167-176, Luke 15:1-32

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Good Samaritan

When we read the story of the Good Samaritan, we often picture ourselves in the role of the Samaritan, helping another person (or being challenged to help another person) when others pass them by. But what if that’s not what Jesus means? What if Jesus intends for us to hear it another way? Listen as Pastor Kate explores the parable of the Good Samaritan from another perspective.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 15, Luke 9:28-45

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Raising the Widow’s Son

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me, is an old-school phrase many of us may have uttered to reassure people their cruel words weren’t having the intended effect. But the truth is words do have power and they can hurt. But words can also heal. This week we hear two healing stories from Jesus’s ministry. Listen as Pastor Kate explores the power of God’s Word in our lives.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 119:105-107, Luke 7:1-17

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Fish for People

In this Sunday’s story from Luke, we meet a fisherman who had just finished a long night of fishing, was washing his nets, and likely very happy to be headed home to rest, when Jesus commandeers his boat. Eventually, Jesus takes this fisherman and his buddies out to sea and ridiculously instructs them to recast their nets in waters that were previously empty. The results are shocking to them! Listen as Pastor Kate considers what shocking results we might experience with Jesus even when we are exhausted and coming up empty.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 90:14-17, Luke 5:1-11

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Jesus’ Baptism

Trees produce fruit because that’s who they are. The same can be said about followers of Christ. This week, with the story of Jesus’ baptism, we hear again the promise of being claimed as a child of God in the waters of baptism that shape our identity in a way that should produce fruit; good fruit. Listen as Pastor Kate explores what this means for Christians today in the wake of the attack on our Capitol.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 51:6-17, Luke 3:1-22

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Jesus’ Birth Announced

In our reading this week, Mary learns from Gabriel that she will be the mother of God. And we wait with expectation – the same hopeful expectation Mary had. Listen as Pastor Kate explores how – along with the lights, trees, ornaments, and stockings – we begin to shift our priorities and anticipate what God’s presence in our lives will mean for us, waiting with hopeful expectation for the God who is already here and will be again soon.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 113, Luke 1:26-56

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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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Arlington, VA 22201

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