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Jul

26

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost – Elizabeth de la Garza-Ahern

2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21
“Dear Diary, in half an hour I will go to meet the king of Israel. I am excited and a bit scared to go to the palace, but I am not sure why I have been summoned. Perhaps there is news about my beloved husband, who has been away for weeks at war. I do pray to the Lord Most High [...]

Jul

19

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost – Jared Busby

2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
It’s a good thing we are in the midst of Ordinary Time in our liturgical calendar, because these passages are it. When you look up the passage in Mark, the heading above verse 30 is, “Feeding the Five Thousand.” My disappointment was palpable when the selection cut off immediately before anyone started eating, [...]

Jul

12

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost – Christina Smerick

2 Samuel 6:1-23; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29
Whew. What to make of all this intrigue and power exchange? What to make of a Gospel story without Jesus in it? How tempting it is just to focus on the joy of worship and give a nice sermon that reminds us to rejoice in the Lord, like David, a nice sermon that will leave us feeling a little bored, comfortable, and essentially unchanged [...]

Jul

05

Church, State, and the Mission of God: The Power of Weakness – Matt Zahniser

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13
Dawn helps implement a Friday night community meal for all types of people, including the otherwise homeless people who live at Good Works in Athens, Ohio. She supplied their monthly report to friends and supporters with her testimony of what I would call “power made perfect in weakness” [...]