Choose Life

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Deuteronomy 30:15-20 In our reading from Deuteronomy this morning, Moses is at the end of his life. He led his people from slavery in Egypt, went up on Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God, was one of those who received and...

Be Good for Something

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 58:9b-12 Matthew 5:13-20 I want to begin again this morning by acknowledging the children in our church and the hopefulness of their presence.  It’s exciting to see this new generation being formed before our eyes.  When I arrived...

The Heart of it All

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany Micah 6:1-8 Matthew 5:1-12 Again, I want to commend those of you who have agreed to serve in a leadership role in the church this year and following. Make no mistake about it: this is an important decision, especially during these times. I...

Leave Your Nets

Third Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 9:1-4 Matthew 4:12-23 Have you ever felt stuck? Like you were dead on the inside feeling some kind of way? At work, perhaps, or in a toxic relationship, a situation with a family member or an old friend?  Just stuck. You might have...

Called By God

Second Sunday After Epiphany Isaiah 49:1-7 In 1951, Montage of a Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes was published with one of his most well-known poems entitled “Harlem.” It goes like this: What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or...

Being Fully Aligned

Baptism of the Lord Isaiah 42:1-9 Matthew 3:13-17 Yesterday afternoon, I met some friends across town for the 4:30 showing of the movie Just Mercy. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s one of those movies that leave you a little happy and a little sad...