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Speaker: Rev. Kate Davidson

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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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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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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