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Blogging the Parables of Jesus

  Matt 13:24-43 Blogging about a parable is a lot like explaining a joke: it sort of defeats the purpose. But here we are, so here we go: 24He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an... Read More

Scattered Thoughts on The Sermon on the Mount

  OPENING DISCLAIMER: This weekend, as part of our Climate Revival, Plymouth Church welcomes the Rev. Jim Antal into the pulpit. He will not be preaching on the Narrative Lectionary texts. But the passage is still very much worth our while. Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29   “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2For... Read More

Teach Us To Pray (Matthew 6:7-21)

After a long hiatus, it is hard to get back on the horse. But this feels like a good week to jump back in. This week, we learn how to pray with Jesus. And, really, we learn a lot more than that. But before we dive in, let’s stop and take stock of our surroundings.... Read More

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

For a Time Such as This: Reading Esther in Advent

  In Advent, we wait for God to come near. On the second weekend of Advent, we re-light the candle of Hope and we light the candle of Peace. God’s coming into our world means peace –peace within our own hearts, peace between people, peace for the entire earth. But what does Peace look like?... Read More

How Long? An Invitation to Advent

Advent arrives this weekend, marking the beginning of a new year and opening our season of preparation for Christmas. Like a lot of church nerds, I may be willing to say that Advent is my favorite season of the church year. I am geeked to get out the candles and break out the Advent music... Read More

Fear, Fake News…and Pie

  Ready for something completely different? This week’s Scripture lesson is unfamiliar, full of seemingly strange and difficult names. It may take a little more work to see what is going on here. But the work will be worth it! As the story comes into focus, it seems shockingly relevant to us. This is a... Read More

What Does God Want?

  It is a question that some of us never consider. It is a question that some of us cannot escape. Throughout history, some of us have killed each other over different answers to this question. What does God want? This week, the Prophet Micah is trying to tell us. Micah 5:2-5a, 6:6-8 2 But you,... Read More

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Announcing Application for Easter Special Offering Gifts

Plymouth Church is humbled in gratitude for all that we have freely received from God. We continue to grow in generosity by giving to the less fortunate food, clothing, furniture and money. We want our monetary gifts to flow out from Plymouth Church and into the hands of organizations or initiatives serving people most in... Read More

Food Donation Sunday Kicks Off in Church School

The first church school Food Donation Sunday of the year was a success! Find out how much was raised this Sunday in Waveland Hall!... Read More

On the Limits of Wisdom

  Wisdom is wonderful! But it will only get you so far. Just ask Solomon. I Kings 3:5-9, 16-28 5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he... Read More

Christmas Special Offering Grants 2018

Plymouth Church is humbled in gratitude for all that we have freely received from God. We continue to grow in generosity by giving away of our possessions that include food, clothing, furniture and money. We want this monetary abundance to flow out from Plymouth Church and into the hands of deserving organizations for people most... Read More

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