Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 15

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, Jesus said that he was able to give us living water, the water of life that would well up in us to eternal life. We ask that you would give us that living water now, that our souls would be refreshed and strengthened through Jesus. IntroductionThe Road to Emmaus passage (Luke…

Rejoicing in the Story of Time

One of the realities of life is time. In a sense, time is just a measurement of motion; time is just keeping track of the distance our planet flies through space to get around the sun, keeping track of how many times light and darkness trade places, measuring shadows growing and shrinking and disappearing. But…

Summertime

Lord of the Temple by Ernst Lohmeyer

Note: This summer I have the privilege of conducting an independent study with Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old, professor of reformed liturgics at Erskine Theological Seminary as well as a visiting lecturer at Princeton Theological Seminary. As part of that study, I will be reading a number of books related to our studies of Christian worship….

How to Bring Down Abercrombie and Fitch

One of the things that this table teaches us is about what is cool. And we need to realize that would people mean by “cool” is “blessing.” We live in a world that hates god and is constantly telling us about how to be cool, how to hate God and be happy. They show us…

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 14:1-31

Opening Prayer: Almighty and everlasting God, you are the God of the exodus. You speak and worlds come into existence; you speak again and you reduce nations to nothing. You raise up kings and bring them down, and you always fight for your people. We have gathered now before you and ask that you would…

Taking Our Children With Us

There are many children in our congregation. If you look around you will notice that a significant portion of us are under the age of 10. This is as it should be. The Scriptures say that God has ordained praise in the mouths of infants, and Jesus says that unless we become like little children…

The Sons of God

I’ve been thinking about the idea of “son of God” for a paper I’m working on. Genesis 5:2 says that Seth was begotten in the “likeness” and according to the “image” of Adam, and we know that Adam and Eve were made in the “image” of God and according to his “likeness.” So just as…

Justice, Resurrection, and the Eucharist

We have considered the themes of justice and the resurrection this morning. One of the meanings of this table is peace. The peace offering in the Old Testament always included a meal in the presence of God. This table is that peace offering all grown up. Here we celebrate in the presence of God what…

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Phil. 3:1-4:9: Deeper Justice

Opening Prayer: Good and Gracious Lord, we bow before your presence now and plead with you to give us the words of life. We are hungry, and we are your children, and therefore we plead with you to feed us. We know that you delight to do this and therefore we thank you now for…