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Speaker: Rev. Kate Davidson

The Conversion of Saul to Paul

Change is the only constant in the world. And yet, it is something so many of us push back against, fight, or refuse to do. So much so, that it might take an act of God to put us on a different path – something the Apostle Paul knows all about. This week we hear the story of how Saul has a change of heart and stops persecuting the Christians to become an apostle who proclaims Jesus to the world while another disciple, Ananias, takes a risk and trusts God to encounter the newly converted Saul so he can regain his sight. Listen as Pastor Kate considers what it might take for us to change our minds, both about what we believe and whether we can trust other people have actually changed.

Accompanying Scripture:
Acts 9: 1-20

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Pharaoh Hardens His Heart to Moses’ Requests

Is there really enough? Pharaoh would say no. God always says yes, there is always enough. Listen as Pastor Kate considers whether we trust God’s abundance and desire for freedom and justice, or if we, like Pharaoh, unravel God’s plans with our belief there simply isn’t enough to go around.

Accompanying Scripture:
Exodus 5:1-2; 7:8-23

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Zacchaeus the Wealthy Tax Collector

If we are to consider who might be worthy enough to host Jesus in our homes, some would likely either mimic a couple of the disciples who believed they were worthy and argued as to who should sit at Jesus’ right hand, or simply assume that they were not worthy. If you asked the crowd gathered to see Jesus when he finds Zacchaeus up in a tree trying to see, nobody would have said Zacchaeus. As a wealthy tax collector who profited from unjust tax collection, he was a sinner and had defrauded his own people. Yet, Jesus asks to be invited to his house for dinner. Listen as Pastor Kate explores this text and the ways Jesus has of unraveling our expectations – about who is worthy, who we are, and how we see the world.

Accompanying Scripture:
Luke 19: 1-10

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Sarah Laughs

Over the past 16 months, we have seen our plans, expectations, and hopes for our lives unravel and change. In Genesis, we hear how Abraham and Sarah also experienced the pain of unmet hopes and expectations that they would one day have their own child and yet it became seemingly impossible. Listen as Pastor Kate explores the story of God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah to make the impossible possible and considers that even if our prayers aren’t answered in the same way, we can trust that sometimes, even after life seems to fall apart, God can surprise us and unravel our plans with unexpected joy if we are willing to receive it.

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7

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Fruits of the Spirit

“I’ve got to go now, Julia, we got cows,” says a character in the movie “Twister,” as a cow flies past the front windshield, caught up in the wind of a tornado. We celebrate Pentecost this week, when the Spirit came in to the disciples as a violent wind and tongues of fire appeared above people’s heads. Listen as Pastor Kate examines what it means to be caught up in the Spirit, if it is gentle or as violent as a tornado, and what that means for us in our lives.

Accompanying Scripture:
Acts 2:1-4; Galatians 4:1-7, Luke 11:11-13

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One in Christ

Nationals or Phillies? Coffee or Tea? Urban, Suburban, or Rural? Asian, Black, Native, White, or Multi-racial? Lutheran, Catholic, or Evangelical? We naturally divide ourselves based on any number of things, many of which are core to our identity. This week we hear again from the Apostle Paul who writes to the Galatians about their own identity and from where it comes. Does it come from the Jewish practices they have adopted or held on to as they begin to worship the risen Christ? Or does it come more purely from God. And then, what happens to the other aspects of their identity? Listen as Pastor Kate explores what it means when Paul says there is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; for all are one in Christ Jesus and whether this means we shed the rest of our identities to become like the Borg (from Star Trek)?

Accompanying Scripture:
Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29, Luke 1:68-79

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Council at Jerusalem

In worship this week, we continue the story of the early church as they sorted out what the requirements were for being a member of the church. In the midst of it, it seems that God, the Holy Spirit, may already know and we’re just playing catch up. Listen as Pastor Kate considers the ways God is at work in our midst and how we might follow God’s lead.

Accompanying Scripture:
Acts 15:1-18, Luke 2:29-32

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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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