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Sometimes, Prayer Is All We’ve Got 1 Kings  3: 5-12 Romans 8: 26-30   I can hear the skeptics, or the contrarians, the highly intellectual, or some of those down on their luck, “If you say that God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent, why would we need to pray at all?” If our God knows everything, is everywhere, controls creation,Read More →

O Compassionate Ones 1 Kings 17:8–16 and Luke 7:11–17 This morning’s lesson is about how Jesus, following his gut instincts, broke from the thick of a crowd to rescue a poor and vulnerable widow. It’s a story of how Jesus met this nameless woman in the thick of a crowd of her own and healed her from sure and certainRead More →

Inspiration Made Visible Genesis 11: 1-9; Acts 2: 1-21 Pentecost It seems these days that I’m the last person in on any pop culture craze. It didn’t use to be that way. I always thought that I was on the pulse. But take Tom’s Shoes and Eyewear. What a story! Of course, I only learned about them last week. InRead More →

Do Everything Proverbs 31: 10-31 and Colossians 3: 12-17   On Wednesday, I went to CVS to purchase Mother’s Day cards. I joined a young man who was already in the card section, picking up one then putting down another and then repeating this process with a sigh. After I chose cards for the mother-figures in my life – IRead More →

Reimagining Peace John 14: 22-29 When we love someone as the disciples loved Jesus, it’s hard to anticipate a day when he’ll no longer be with us. When we care for someone deeply, the last thing we can imagine is not being able to go to have a casual dinner together, or travel together, or laugh together – or heck,Read More →

Home Psalm 148, Acts 11:1-18 and Revelation 21:1-6   Some say that the problems of the world would be solved if we would all just love one another. Maybe it stems from the ‘60s and that toe-tapping Beatles tune, “All You Need is Love.” Regardless, it’s true. Love is a universal ideal that we want to believe will solve theRead More →

The Great Descent Psalm 30, Acts 9:1-20 and 1 Peter 3:18-22   Western Presbyterian Church is indebted to Jim Atwood and the dedicated group of Western members who for years have been demonstrating against improper and illegal gun sales at Realco Guns in District Heights, advocating for background checks for every single gun sale, and speaking-out for the prevention ofRead More →

It Seemed to Them an Idle Tale Luke 24:1-12   As I reflect on the gospel account of the women at Jesus’ tomb, I can’t help but think that each of us has lost something we love. Maybe for some, it’s a dream gone to the wind that we tried to hold on to for ourselves or for a sonRead More →

That Stones Will Speak Psalm 118, Luke 19:28–40 Palm Sunday   As an aside, and one of the things I think is interesting to know, is that a parade with palms and people shouting “Blessed is the one…” didn’t start with Jesus. On that day when Jesus and his disciples were walking toward Jerusalem, crowds of Jews would’ve been movingRead More →

When You Come to a Fork in the Road Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32   Where I’ve just come from, Yogi Berra’s the man. Of course, the Yankees gave Yogi his fame but in Northern New Jersey, and my town, specifically, Yogi is a larger than life, philanthropic, fun-loving legend. We have the Yogi Berra Museum, Yogi Berra golf outings, Yogi BerraRead More →