Sunday, February 26, 2012

Through Temptation

Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus tempted in the wilderness
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 Temptation in the garden

Jesus temptation in the wilderness can be a model for our dealing with temptation in our lives. Mostly, it is our ego that succumbs, but we are also a higher self with a purpose beyond the gratification of the ego. Jesus demonstrates this dynamic in his dialogue with the diabolic tempter.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Reveal

2 Kings 2:1-12 Elijah is taken up into heaven
Mark 9:2-9 The transfiguration of Jesus

On Transfiguration Sunday Peter, James and John are led up a mountain where they witness Jesus being transfigured before them. This dazzling white shone brightly around Jesus revealing the true identity of Jesus and his way of discipleship. Can you think of a time when you were aware of the presence of God? How did this experience shape your sense of self and your future? Were you alone when this happened? Have you told others of this experience?

This was a Whole Family Worship Service and thus there is no sermon recorded. It was a very interactive dialogue between Karen and the Congregation

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Growing Wellness in Grace

2 Kings 5:1-14 Healing of Naaman
Mark 1:40-45 Jesus Cleanses a Leper

In the stories of the healing of Naaman and Jesus "cleansing" a leper, we hear the pride and judgement that pervaded the attitudes toward disease and healing. Both stories twist those attitudes into something much more gracious. Today we still have pride and judgement in our attitudes toward one another -- and, indeed, it still makes us sick. Hence we see the healing power that is in the light of Christ.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Be Well

Isaiah 40:21-31 Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength
Mark 1:29-39 Jesus Heals Many at Simon's House

What is it that makes us well and whole and strong? Isaiah's promise that we will mount up like eagles, run and not be weary; and Jesus' raising up the woman with a fever point to the power of a certain presence. A Sacred Presence and our hearts open to it.

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