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“Looking for Stones” 1 Samuel 17, selections 4And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armoured with a coat of mail; the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze.Read More →

All We Do Not See 2 Corinthians 5:6-17   2 Corinthians 5:6-17 6So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—7for we walk by faith, not by sight.8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home withRead More →

“No More Kings” 1 Samuel 8:4-20 1 Samuel 8:4-20 4Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5and said to him, “You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.” 6But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “GiveRead More →

“(Anything But) Ordinary Time” John 3:1-17 Today’s gospel reading comes from the gospel of John. In this gospel Jesus uses symbolic language – words with multiple meanings – intentionally. Invites our imaginations to do some work to figure out what he’s talking about. Language designed for those who hear the story to get an idea, even when the character inRead More →

The Rev. Leslianne Braunstein Western Presbyterian Church May 24 2015   The gospel of Matthew contains five discourses – Five sermons or statements of Jesus that are distinctive. Matthew 5 through 7 is the part of the Gospel known as the Sermon on the Mount. It is Jesus’ most direct discourse on what constitutes a well-lived Christian life.   TheRead More →

Body Parts 1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-26   Good morning!   Before we jump into the text, I want to offer a little bit of background on Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, since we haven’t spent much time outside of the Gospels lately. It is believed that Paul wrote this letter to the congregation in Corinth in 54 c.e., and thoughRead More →

John 15:9-17 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joyRead More →

John 15:1-8 [Jesus said:] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you.Read More →

1 John 3:16−24 We know love by this, [Jesus] laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, butRead More →

Awakening to Peace Luke 24: 13-48 Good morning!  Our text this morning, as you will hear, is a long story one. Though it might be familiar, I trust there will be something new to hear.  The season of Easter is a time for us to celebrate, to listen to the stories of our Scripture that tell of the resurrection andRead More →