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On the first Sunday (and day) of 2017, Pastor Moriah preaches from the Epiphany Gospel reading, the Matthew 2:1-12 story of the visit of the magi to Jesus and his family. She challenges the congregation to consider how we view, and treat, the outsiders and strangers who enter in our lives.

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Pastor Phil Kniss, on the fourth Sunday of Advent, encourages an honest, and even skeptical, examination of the promise of Immanuel. Is “God with us” really enough? When we are truly suffering, and looking for intervention and rescue, is “presence” what we want and need? What does it mean to find hope in the promise of presence?

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On Advent 3, Pastor Phil draws on the day's readings from Isaiah, Psalms, Mark, and Luke to broaden our conception of God’s expansive healing agenda, and help us join in that agenda.

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On Advent 2, Pastor Phil draws on Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12 to encourage us to reorient ourselves to God’s vision of the future, and find our hope there, even while we act to address the injustice and suffering in the world around us.

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On the first Sunday of Advent, Pastor Barbara draws on Isaiah 2 and Matthew 24 and on our own context, to reflect on how we see evidence of God's peace and reconciliation in hard times.

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Pastor Phil encourages us to rethink our celebration of Thanksgiving, seeing it as an opportunity to offer our unconditional thanks and worship to the God who is the source of all life, rather than a transaction between us and God, as a “thank you” for blessing me in ways my neighbors have not been blessed.

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Beginning with a broad view of the core theological theme of stewardship, Pastor Phil invites us to think about our Christian political identity in light of the recent election, examining our calling and spiritual/political identity as God's people, and think about a compassionate response to the current political turmoil as a matter of stewardship.

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On this All Saints Sunday, Pastor Phil offers three poetic meditations on the lectionary texts, focusing on the contrast between the kingdoms of this world, where the “kings arise out of the earth” with the kingdom of the Most High God who rules over the universe.

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Using the Luke 19 story of Zacchaeus, Pastor Phil encourages us to release our grasp on those things that we rely on for security and predictability in the wilderness, and trust God to be with us as we assume a posture of uncalculated, and risky, holistic generosity.

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Pastor Phil helps us take a fresh look at the parable of the Pharisee and tax collector, from Luke 18, and to examine our own tendency to create distance between ourselves and the other, by giving thanks we are “not like them.”

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