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Isaiah 58: 1-12 and Matthew 5: 13-20

Introduction to the readings for the fifth Sunday in the season of Epiphany, February 5, 2017. Our first reading from the ancient texts this morning comes to us from the third portion of the book of Isaiah.  Its audience is one thought to be composed of folks returning home to their beloved Jerusalem after some 50... Read More

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Matthew 5:1-12

Matthew 5:1-12 “The Beatitudes” You’re Blessed When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:  “You’re blessed when you’re at... Read More

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Reflection ~ January 22, 2017

Reflection for the Epiphany Three, Sunday, January 22, 2017 Based on Isaiah 9: 1-4 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light and  Matthew 4: 12-23  Jesus begins his ministry Opening Prayer: Dear God, may the words on my lips and the thoughts and feelings we carry in our hearts and our minds and our... Read More

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Isaiah 9: 1 -4 and Matthew 4: 12-23

Introduction to the Readings For the second Sunday after the Epiphany January 22, 2017 This morning, our Hebrew Scriptures text from the book of Isaiah reminds that ‘without a vision the people will perish’.  May it's reading here this morning be a reminder for us all that darkness is but a prelude to the dawning... Read More

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Reflection ~ January 15, 2017

Reflection for the first Sunday after the Epiphany   Based on Isaiah 42:1-9 and Matthew 3: 13-17 Opening Prayer: Holy, gracious, and amazing God, may the words on my lips and the thoughts and feelings in our hearts, minds, and bodies, may all of it be acceptable in your sight this day.  Amen This morning, we have... Read More

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Isaiah 42: 1-9 and Matthew 3: 13-17

Introduction to the Readings for the first Sunday after Epiphany, January 15, 2017 This morning we celebrate the first Sunday in the season after Epiphany.  It’s a season when we hear stories of promise and of hope for a decidedly different future.  It’s a season when we are given stories of how God manifests... Read More

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Gavel Grapevine ~ January 8, 2017

“In all your ways submit to God, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:6 The New Year is off to a busy start!  But before I roll into many of the exciting things brewing at Knox, I’d like to extend a big thank you, on behalf of the Board, to everyone who planned, led, facilitated, or participated in... Read More

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Reflection ~ January 8, 2017

The first Sunday in the season of Epiphany  Isaiah, Chapter 60: verses 1-6 Arise, shine, for your light has come and Matthew 2: 1-12 The Visit of the Magi Opening Prayer: Holy One we give you thanks for the stories from our faith tradition we hear this first day of the season of Epiphany, the time in the church... Read More

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Isaiah 60: 1-6 and Matthew 2: 1-12

Introduction to the readings for the first Sunday in Epiphany, January 8, 2017 In our first reading from the Hebrew texts, the prophet Isaiah addresses an audience of dismayed and discouraged listeners newly returned to their beloved Jerusalem after forty years in exile.  Listen to how Isaiah’s words of... Read More

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Christmas Eve Reflections

 Early Christmas Eve Service Reflection, December 24, 2016 Based on the script composed for the early service Christmas Pageant and ‘The Story of the First Christmas’ Once there was someone who did and said such amazing things that people began to follow him wherever he went. Everything about this someone was so... Read More