Suffering: An Inconvenient Truth

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Romans 8:14-17 (NRSV)  14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness with […]

Go To Galilee: “He Binds the Strong Man”

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Mark 3:22-30 (NRSV)  22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 23 And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that […]

“Becoming What We Love”

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Luke 2:41-52 (NRSV)  41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents […]

Christmas Eve Family Service: “To us, a child is born”

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Isaiah 9:2-7 (NRSV) 2 The people who walked in darkness     have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—     on them light has shined. 3 You have multiplied the nation,     you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you     as with joy at the harvest,     as people exult when dividing plunder. 4 For […]

Prepare the Way: “The Child Leaped”

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Luke 1:39-45 (NRSV)  39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and […]

Prepare the Way: “To Fulfill All Righteousness”

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Matthew 3:13-17 (NRSV) 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us […]