Renewing our Covenant: We Agree to Differ

  Plymouth Church: It is time to talk about Lent. Lent is a season of 40 days (excluding Sundays) to prepare for Easter. It is traditionally a time for fasting, repentance and self-examination. The 40 day period begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6. (Sidebar: Join us for Ash Wednesday worship at Plymouth! There is... Read More

Hint: It’s Not About Me! (Transfiguration Sunday)

Full disclosure: I’m not preaching this Sunday at Plymouth Church. Stephen G. Ray Jr. is. He is the new President of Chicago Theological Seminary, where Valerie Miller-Coleman and I both earned our Doctor of Ministry degrees He is new and they want to build relationships with key churches, so his office called me up and... Read More

Step Out! (Matthew 14:13-33)

“We had the experience, but we missed the meaning.” –T.S. Elliot. When it comes to this week’s text—two stories of seemingly miraculous occurrences—it would be so easy to miss the point; to get bogged down in fruitless conversation about the plausibility of these events. But I ask you to suspend that kind of judgment. Together,... Read More

Deliver Us From Us (Sermon for 2/17/19)

I. Have you seen it? It may be my favorite bumper sticker of all time. “Dear Jesus,” it says, “please deliver me from your followers.”   Good words to remember as we look at our text today. Because Jesus is pretty great. But some of his followers can be a big disappointment.   II.  ... Read More

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

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

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

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Plymouth Easter Gifts Support Our Just Peace Covenant

Honoring the Plymouth Just Peace Covenant, the Easter Special Offering will be gifted to the following initiatives and non-profit organizations serving Des Moines Metro people, who are most in need and striving for social and/or economic justice. The projects selected for this year’s gifts are: Family Promise of Greater Des Moines – The funds will... Read More

Applications Available for Plymouth Women’s Scholarship

The Plymouth Women Scholarships are awarded once a year to two or more college students who are preparing for a career in service such as seminary, social work, education, medicine, etc. Applicants must be a junior, senior or graduate student in a college or university. Plymouth members are given preference, but any qualified person may... Read More

40 Days of Lent for Folks Over 50

Meaning Matters in the Second Stage of Life If you have reached the age of 50, you know that something happens. And that something is more than just receiving an invitation to join AARP. Something happens inside and you begin asking big and deep questions, like “What does it all mean, anyway?” Lent is a... Read More

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