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“Restore Us, O God!” Lent and Easter Sermons

Through this season of Lent, through Holy Week to Easter Sunday, we are calling on God to revive us, to renew us, to restore us. Pastor Michael’s sermons explore various dimensions of our very human experience of faith. This blog … Continue reading

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My Pastoral New Year’s Resolution

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ve tried them in the past, but they’ve never worked. “Resolution” can sounds so decisive, so irrevocable. So guilt-inducing. Let’s call this my pastoral New Year’s goal, then. Here’s what I’m aiming for … Continue reading

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We are Called to Devotion

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Pastor’s Notes: According to the book of Acts, the first followers of Jesus didn’t call themselves “Christians,” but “the Way”: people … Continue reading

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Soul-Shaping Prayer

Most often we pray because we want something in our circumstances to be changed. We or someone we know is facing a particular problem, a difficult situation, an obstacle of some kind, something that we feel is keeping us or them from … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer

This post is excerpted from my sermon this past Sunday, February 1, 2015. “Lord, teach us to pray.” That’s how Luke’s Gospel introduces the prayer that we today call the Lord’s Prayer: Jesus’ disciples so moved by Jesus’ own praying … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer For All People

Our Father in heaven, in whose image all people have been created, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, your kingdom without borders, your will for justice and peace, on earth as it is in heaven. … Continue reading

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Tweeting the Psalms

We are in the middle of “Praying the Psalms” as a church. We are talking about the Psalms together, we are singing the Psalms together, we are reading the Psalms together, and we are praying the Psalms together. Praise, lamentation, … Continue reading

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