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Can I Get a Witness? Stephen’s Story

Church: Can’t live with it; can’t live without it. We take a big leap forward in the Narrative Lectionary this week –from the Easter story at Emmaus to characters we have not met doing the things we may not understand. We came for Easter but we end up with a church. That is what this... Read More

Life is Not a Sitcom: Reflections on Holy Week

Why does Holy Week matter? I’ll tell you why it matters to me: I am a child of the 80’s. And I need Holy Week to help me remember that life is not a sitcom. 21st century parents (like me!) worry a lot about something called “screen time.” We carefully monitor our children’s media intake... Read More

God Loves Me…BUT

God loves me exactly the way that I am. BUT…BUT… We are a week out from Palm Sunday. The pace is picking up. Jesus draws near to Jerusalem and to the terrible events that will transpire there. On this last Sunday outside of the city gates, we learn something important about ourselves. We’re not OK.... Read More

Choose Your Own Adventure: The Prodigal Son

The story of the Prodigal Son is not, in fact, a story about a prodigal son. A better title might be “The Father Who Had Two Sons.” It is about the father….something the structure of this week’s lection makes clear.... Read More

God’s Grief: Luke 13:1-9, 31-35

Matt Mardis-LeCroy's Blog: What does God want from your life? From mine? Is God getting what God wants from us? And, if not, how does God feel? Does God…grieve? What does God’s grief have to do with us?... Read More

Led by Love: The 1st Weekend of Lent

What does love look like? When we really allow it to guide our steps, what choices will we make? How will things be different? Two stories in our text offer answers to that question. Lent begins in love… Luke 10:25-42   25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must... Read More

Transfigured: Luke 9:28-45

It happens every year. On the last weekend before Lent, we hear the strange story of the transfiguration. Up on the mountain, for a moment, Jesus’ closest disciples get a glimpse of his glory. And then? Back to work! It may be nice up on the mountain, but a hurting world waits below.... Read More

Awkward: Luke 7:36-50

Luke 7:36-50 Sometimes compassion can be…awkward. Just consider the situation in this week’s story. 36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the... Read More

Dealing with Doubt: Luke 7:18-35

Doubts. Big, bad, crippling doubts. Do you ever have doubts? What do you do with them? This week we learn what John did with his. Luke 7:18-35 18The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples19and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one... Read More

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Can I Get a Witness? Stephen’s Story

Church: Can’t live with it; can’t live without it. We take a big leap forward in the Narrative Lectionary this week –from the Easter story at Emmaus to characters we have not met doing the things we may not understand. We came for Easter but we end up with a church. That is what this... Read More

Should Plymouth be a Just Peace Church?

A Plymouth committee has been formed to study how the Just Peace pronouncement would affect Plymouth and to recommend (or not) to Plymouth’s Church Council that Plymouth be designated a Just Peace Church.... Read More

Pre-Order Your Plymouth Pride Shirt Today!

Show your Plymouth Pride with a vibrant t-shirt from the Willits LGBTQ Committee! The front of the colorful shirt reads “Plymouth had Pride Before it was Cool, Open & Affirming since 1993!” with the Plymouth logo on the back. The shirts are available to order in adult sizes S – 4XL and youth sizes XS... Read More

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