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What Are We Waiting For? The Service of Lessons and Carols

Note: this is re-run of a post from last December. Consider it my annual commentary on the service of Lessons and Carols. -MML This blog post will be a little different. This weekend, our Saturday Night and Sunday morning services will be structured as Services of Lessons and Carols. Instead of a sermon, we will hear... Read More

What Are We Waiting For? New Life!

  It’s Advent. So: what are we waiting for? And are we sure we really want it? Somewhere between Easter and Halloween…it’s Ezekiel’s haunting vision. New life comes to the Valley of Dry Bones. Ezekiel 37:1-14 The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down... Read More

What Are We Waiting For? Advent 1

Advent is our season for waiting. While we wait…it can get a little hot. But we do not wait alone. Consider the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Daniel 3:1-30 King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden statue whose height was sixty cubits and whose width was six cubits; he set it up on the plain of... Read More

Justice Is Not Optional

  Let justice roll down! It’s time to talk about the Prophet Amos. Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24 The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of King Uzziah of Judah and in the days of King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years... Read More

This Lonely Work

  Do you want to be prophet? Are you sure? Prophetic ministry is lonely work. That is what we see in this story about Elijah, prophet of Israel. I King 19:1-18 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2Then Jezebel sent a messenger... Read More

Our Edifice Complex (Or: Paul Tillich Meets Homer Simpson)

  Who doesn’t love a good building dedication? Well, lots of people, actually. This week we turn our attention to the dedication of Solomon’s Temple. All this pious pomp and circumstance serves to show us religion at its best…and its worst. It is time to talk about our Edifice Complex. 1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13 5Now... Read More

Heart Condition

  Do you have a heart condition? Do you want one? This week, the Narrative Lectionary serves up the story of God calling David to be king of Israel. It is an important story because David looms so large in Scripture –one the Bible’s best developed characters and Israel’s most-revered monarch. But how did David... Read More

God is Still Speaking…But How Will We Hear?

  “God is still speaking.” That is what we like to say at Plymouth Church. But how do we hear? Are we really willing to respond? These questions drive the story of God calling Samuel, our text for this week. I Samuel 3:1-21 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of... Read More

Daily Bread

Daily bread. Give us today what we need for today. Jesus taught us to pray in this way, but the idea is not original to him. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus reaches way back –back into the history of God’s people, back to the wilderness of Sinai, back to manna, the original daily bread. God... Read More

God’s Work; Our Hands

  “…here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” -President John F. Kennedy January 20, 1961 How does heaven come to earth? It has a lot to do with us. This week we enter the second book of the Bible and take up the story of Moses. Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-15; 4:10-17 23After a... Read More

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Time to sign up for Nine to Dine!

Would you like to meet new people and feel a greater sense of connection to Plymouth Church? Consider Nine to Dine — it’s a great way to enjoy old friends, reconnect with others and make new friends, too. Sign up to take part in a nine-person group that will gather once a month for five... Read More

Justice Is Not Optional

  Let justice roll down! It’s time to talk about the Prophet Amos. Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24 The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of King Uzziah of Judah and in the days of King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years... Read More

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