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Sent to Love: God First

Today we continue on right where we left off last week. When we ended the reading last week, Jesus was in the midst of sending the twelve out to do the ministry he had been doing. It would be there first “road trip” on their own and so he was giving them instructions as to how to go about this ministry and he was warning them of the dangers of doing such a ministry. Even though he was…

Sent to Love: Ready or Not

Last Sunday we read about Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). This Great Commission as we call it, came after Jesus had spent many years with his disciples in mission…

Sent to Love

For the past six weeks we have focused on the importance of gathering as a faith community. That is, why is it critical for Christians to gather regularly to worship? We learned that we gather to love, to learn to see Jesus, to learn Jesus’ voice, to make room for others, to be transformed and finally, we gather so that we might be one.

Today, our focus changes! Oh, we still need to…

Gathered to Be One

It is the night before he will be crucified and Jesus is with his disciples. As we know, he has been preparing them for his departure and assuring them that they have what they will need to continue his work, the work his Father sent him to do. He has done all he can do and it is now time for them to carry on. The problem is, this work isn’t exactly work that will get one rewarded in…

Gathered to be Transformed

Here we are, only a couple of weeks away from ending the Season of Easter, the time in the church year that we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and, yet, our gospel text isn’t focused on Jesus’ Resurrection, but instead, it is focused on the time just before Jesus’ death. For the past few weeks we have been reading about the teachings of Jesus just before he was arrested. We are trying…

Gathered to Make Room

Everyone wants to know that there is room for them, regardless of where they are, or the group they are with. Here at Salem do we have room for everyone? Is there room for everyone, those who are already here and visitors & guests? I’m not just talking about physical space, although that is important, but is there room for their ideas, for their needs, and their dreams? And these same questions…

Gathered to Recognize His Voice

How do you know who to listen to these days? I mean seriously, there are so many voices out there trying to get our attention it is almost impossible to know who is the right person, group, movement, etc. to listen to. For parents it can be exceptionally hard to get your children to listen to you when so many others are offering different information. When our kids were young, we developed…

Gathered to See

A couple of months ago, Jill and I were out to dinner with our kids and grandkids. It was a weeknight and we were at a local bar and grill. The restaurant is very family friendly and one which our grand kids love because it has all kinds of activities do while you are there. Oversized games like “Connect the Dots” can keep them busy while the adults chat and relax. On this particular…

Life Renewed, Gathered to Love

I often try to imagine what it must have been like to witness that first Easter morning at the tomb. When I was in Jerusalem a couple of years ago and we sat in the area that many believe was the place of the tomb, I imagined what it might have been like to be sitting out of sight but watching what happened. Imagine it’s dark and the sun is just about to rise. You can see that red glow…

What Does Love Look Like?

Maundy Thursday is a day we come together to hear God tell us to do two things; remember and remember. In our story from Exodus, God was ready to free his people and he commanded them to prepare a feast to celebrate their freedom and then to do this every year, so that they would remember. Every time they had this feast they were to remember that it is God who offers them true freedom. To…

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