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Rev. Laura Cunningham Pastor, Western Presbyterian Church June 19, 2016   Unhidden Treasure Matthew 13:44–53  44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46onRead More →

For too long, the loudest voice in the name of Christianity in our culture has been one which that has declared judgment and incited punishment of a portion of God’s children. In the name of “love,” churches have excommunicated members, families have shunned their children, and policies have been endorsed to declare GLBTQI persons as second-class citizens. In less extreme but still damagingRead More →

Pentecost – 1 Corinthians 12 We’re still getting to know each other, you and I, so there are some things you don’t know about me – like that Trader Joe’s ginger snaps are my favorite cookie, or that tulips are my favorite flower (my secrets are out) – or that Pentecost is my very favorite day in the church. I don’tRead More →

This past week, I attended the monthly Interim Pastor Group meeting of the Presbytery. At the end of the meeting, the topic of conversation lightened and the facilitator said to the group, “So, it seems that Donald Trump has his membership with the Presbyterian Church (USA). If he becomes the president and moves to Washington, which church do you thinkRead More →

As I was preparing for this service, I came across this interesting little tidbit that I,honestly, had never heard of before.  Maybe this is not news to you but it was something new for me – I learned that today is called “Bright Sunday” or “Holy Humor Sunday.”  Have any of you ever heard of this?  I ended up spendingRead More →

Easter Sunday – March 27, 2016 Mark 16.1−8 Welcome to Easter morning – what some have called “the defining place and moment of Christian space and time”[1] And if you find this idea of celebrating resurrection strange, you are not alone. It’s a very strange thing to celebrate – not just because Mark’s gospel leaves us hanging at the endRead More →

Palm Sunday – March 20, 2016 Mark 11:1−11 From the time of ancient civilizations, donkeys have symbolized what is lowly, stupid, or stubborn. (I do not understand why the Democratic Party would celebrate the donkey as their symbol!) Yet in this gospel, Mark goes to great lengths to make sure we know that Jesus wanted a donkey, a colt, thatRead More →

Mark 13:1−11, 27−33 “The End is near” – brings to mind, for me, Homer Simpson, walking up and down the streets, mumbling in his usual incoherence, telling the local reporter, “Jesus loves you; he’s going to kill you.” It’s a caricature, but of the way theology becomes distorted.   This idea of the world ending, while it uses cosmic imagery,Read More →

The Greatest Commandment Mark 12: 28-44   Our second reading today is from the Gospel of Mark – again. We have been journeying with Jesus and the disciples through this particular gospel over the last several weeks and throughout our time in Mark, Jesus has been moving ever-closer to Jerusalem. Last week, in our preaching series, Jesus arrived in theRead More →