Reflecting deeply about forgiveness

As we begin a new year together we will be reflecting deeply about forgiveness. The starting point on Sunday:  understanding ourselves as forgiven people who are called to forgive others.  We thought together about how excessive feelings of guilt and shame can get in the way of experiencing God’s forgiveness,

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mary and joseph

Getting to know Joseph

Last Sunday we talked about Joseph, who was engaged to be married to Mary, and how hard it must have been for him to hear that she was pregnant with a child that was not his.  We thought together about how difficult it must have been to decide to marry

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Mary, the mother of Jesus

Last Sunday we talked about Mary, the mother of Jesus, who may have been as young as 13 or 14 when the angel Gabriel came to visit.  She faced such a difficult choice, knowing that the world would not understand her pregnancy; knowing that she might be ostracized or cast

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consecreation Sunday

Consecration Sunday

It is the season of thanksgiving – one of my favorite times of the year.  I long ago discovered that once I start noticing the gifts God has given me, they seem to multiply.  So I thank God for the day, and the weather, and the church, and family and

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Glorious Inheritance

In my sermon on Sunday we talked about the immensity of the good news that is ours in Christ Jesus:  the freedom we have as his followers; the new life that is ours when we choose to commit our hearts and lives to him; the forgiveness that gives us a fresh start

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