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Jesus and the Temple

Posted By on Mar 4, 2018

March 11, 2018 – Pastor John McNeill John 2:13-22 (CEB)     One Sunday afternoon in the late winter of 1982 I received a phone call from Rev. Robert Jones, who was, at the time, the District Superintendent of the then Rochester District. He asked if he could stop by that afternoon. He arrived a little while later and Martha and I sat with him in the living room of our second-floor apartment on Park Avenue in Rochester....

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Walk With Me

Posted By on Feb 25, 2018

February 25, 2018 – Rev. Debbie Allen Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16   Walk with me.  Has anyone ever said these words to you?  Have you ever spoken these words to a friend?  There is something so intimate about walking with someone you are close to and sharing the joys and sorrows of life.  Somehow, the rhythmic movement of walking, or, if you don’t walk, just being with someone in the movement of nature – the wind in the trees,...

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Rainbow Covenant of Mercy

Posted By on Feb 18, 2018

February 18, 2018 – Pastor John McNeill Genesis 9:8-17   The story of Noah and the flood is a popular Sunday School story. Animals, a boat, rainbow. Seems to have a bunch of kid-friendly elements and today’s reading takes us right to the happy ending in which God promises that there won’t be any more floods that destroy the earth. I know there are those who wonder about whether it is literally true. It’s one of those...

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Love Surpasses Knowledge

Posted By on Jan 28, 2018

January 28, 2018 – Rev. Debbie Allen 1 Corinthians 8:1-13   What on earth, you may be thinking to yourself, does eating or not eating meat sacrificed to idols have to do with us in the 21st century?  It would be easy to skip over this passage of scripture, assuming that it is irrelevant in today’s world. But Paul is not only addressing an issue that was specific to the church at Corinth in 60 CE.  His point has to do with a...

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No Exceptions

Posted By on Jan 21, 2018

January 21, 2018 – Pastor John McNeill Jonah 3:1-5, 10   Jonah is a “what if?” story.  It’s told as though it is a story of a real historical prophet, but as the story develops we can understand that it is instead an imaginary exploration of what might happen if a prophet tried to escape God’s call. Jonah gets a message from God. Great city Nineveh is evil. Jonah gets on a boat to go toward Tarshish – the other end of the...

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A Life of Holy Pilgrimage

Posted By on Jan 7, 2018

January 7, 2018 – Pastor John McNeill Matthew 2:1-12   One of the central pieces of the Christian Story, the Christian understanding of cosmic reality, is that the infinite God has taken shape in a vanishingly small bit of the world: in fact a baby that weighs no doubt at most 10 lbs. The theological word for this is “incarnation.” The reality of God that encompasses the universe squeezes into a very particular small place...

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