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Readings and Reflections for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalm 23 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Dear Friends, The prophet Jeremiah condemns the leaders of Israel who have failed to act as proper shepherds to the people.  The Lord declares that He personally will gather his scattered and mistreated flock and raise up shepherds who will genuinely care for them. In Mark’s Gospel Jesus welcomes…

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Readings and Reflections for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 7:7-15 Psalm 85:8-13 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29 Dear Friends, Mark 6 contains the unpleasant story of Herod being tricked into beheading John the Baptist.  Put simply, this is a reminder of how the world often works.  The level of violence and manipulation that “make the world go round” is truly appalling. The gospel accounts do…

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Readings and Reflections for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Ezekiel 2:1-5 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Mark 6:1-13 God calls the prophet Ezekiel to speak to the people of Israel.  They may or may not listen, but they will know that a prophet has come to them! In Mark 6 we have the story of Jesus visiting his hometown.  Most of his fellow villagers are unable to welcome him as…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Lamentations3:21-33 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43 Lamentations 3 contains a powerful affirmation of God’s daily love and mercy that never end.  When we fail to understand what we are experiencing, or perhaps understand it all too well when confronted with adversity, grief and death, this scripture calls on us to keep quiet trust in the Lord. In Mark…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Job 38:1-11 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Mark 4:35-41 Dear Friends, Job 38 contains a small portion of God’s reply to the challenge of a suffering man.  This “opening statement” from God clearly depicts the great distance between what human beings can know, and the reality of God who has created all things.  After a good bit more…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Ezekiel 17-22-24 2 Corinthians 5:6-10,14-17 Mark 4:26-34 Dear Friends, When the prophet Ezekiel tells the allegory of the cedar tree, he is speaking to the exiled people of Israel with a message of hope.  The tender twig of cedar that is planted and grows into a great tree is a picture/promise of restoration from disaster and renewed life…

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Keep Your Kids Healthy, Happy & Outside This Summer

children playing

By Connie Winkler Sending them outside to play? Good. Sunlight elevates the mood and is essential for synthesis of vitamin D. But it also can cause sunburn, photo-aging and skin cancer. Then there are the bugs. While insects might ruin an outing, most bug bites have little long-term health effect — except those than can,…

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Pinterest isn’t just about crafts and recipes

Social Media, depending upon a person’s age, can be seen as a waste of time, a tool used to interact with your friends or something that can be informative and educational. Recently, there has been lots of discussion about how social media can change people’s perceptions of things based upon the articles that show up on…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday of Pentecost

Genesis 3:8-15 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35 Dear Friends, In Genesis 3:8-15 we have the story of Adam and Eve when they disobeyed the command not to eat of the tree of knowledge. Now aware and knowing their “nakedness”, they seek to hide from God’s presence.  Perhaps we could say they’ve exchanged innocent awareness of and trust…

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Pentecost and the Slow Work of God

A Jesuit priest and scientist named Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote something about the slow work of God that I like very much. He said:“Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We…

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