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1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 5:16 Rejoice always, 5:17 pray without ceasing, 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit. 5:20 Do not despise the words of prophets, 5:21 but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 5:22 abstain from […]

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Mark 1:1-8 1:1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 1:2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 1:3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, […]

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Over the last few years I have written short daily devotionals for each day of Advent and Lent. I enjoyed doing it, but there were times when it felt a bit draining, particularly in the clergy obstacle course that is the season of Advent and Christmas planning. So this year I am doing something a […]

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Mark 13:24-37 13:24 “But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 13:25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 13:26 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great […]

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Luke 17:11-19 17:11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 17:12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 17:13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 17:14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves […]

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Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who […]

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This fall we started something new in worship. We decided that on the days when our children and youth start a new story in church school, we are going to tell the story up here during the children’s sermon, and then focus on it during our worship together. This fall they’ve already done a unit […]