Advent December 7th, 2014
Are you ready for Christmas? I suppose that by now you are well on your way to Getting
prepared for Christmas festivities. The Christmas tree has been decorated and Christmas
light hung. Some of the Christmas presents have been purchased. I would imagine that
many of you have started sending and receiving Christmas cards. I suspect that a few of
you have started your Christmas baking “ those favorite cookies, those special cakes,
those traditional desserts. Then some of you have made plans for how you are going to
spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day “ who is coming to your home or whose home
you are going to. Come to think of it, Christmas doesn't just happen. It takes a whole lot
of planning or preparing of work.
And unless you have not realized, Christmas is but 18 days “ that is about 432 hours “ or
for you children it is approximately 2500 minutes away!
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Third Sunday of Lent, March 23, 2014-Ruth Kinney
Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
John 4: 5-42
The Samaritan Woman
Today, we will begin by looking at the relationship between Samaria and Judea.
Samaria lies right between Galilee and Judea. The Israel of Jesus' time is divided into three sections. It had
once been three kingdoms, ruled by Patriarch Kings but now was under Roman rule and the religious leaders
were those leading the Jews. Much history has passed since this land was given to Joseph by Jacob.
Third Wednesday of Lent by Ruth Kinney, March 19, 2014
"He is making a Name for Himself
We begin our third week in Lent with a story of Jesus meeting a Canaanite Woman. He has begun teaching and preaching around Nazareth, telling parables and teaching his Disciples. Jesus has gained the attention of the Pharisees and teachers of the Law. They approach him and test him as our teachers of learning do today. They did not understand his message. In their eyes, he was breaking the law. In no way were they able to comprehend his permissive behavior toward his disciples who were seen eating without the ritual cleansing. Jesus tells them that it is not what goes into a man that makes him unclean, it is what comes out that determines if he is clean or unclean. Still they do not comprehend. Thus, Jesus determines it is time to leave that place and take his message abroad. Let us go to our Text, Matthew 15: 21-28.
Second Wednesday of Lent by Ruth Kinney, MARCH 12, 2014
"His Ministry Begins
Jesus began his Ministry immediately after his Baptism by John the
Baptizer. He appears on the bank of the River Jordan and is recognized
immediately by John. They are related through their mothers, Mary and
Elizabeth, so the recognition isn't too unusual except in John's response.
To the on-lookers, John shows deference to this man who has come to be
baptized. Why should this man cause John to request to be baptized by
him? It is only when Jesus insists and says it is proper and necessary for
them to do this, to fulfill all righteousness, does John comply. And so Jesus
is baptized in order to sanctify and make this action a part of our Salvation Story.
Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014-Amarante Vasquez
The Triumphal Entry
1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ˜The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once. 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 "Say to the daughter of Zion, ˜Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'
"Is Seeing Believing?
Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. Ruth Kinney
Texts: Psalm 16
1 Peter 1: 3-9
John 20: 19-31
My daughter, Erika, went to Sweden to live with her father. This was in 1986 when she had just graduated High School. Her Father had inherited his Grandparents farm in Sweden. We had been divorced for 14 years and he was determined to take Erika and his third wife to live in Sweden. So, of course when he asked that Erika come and stay with them, I had very few arguments that would be heard by an 18 year old adventurer. In fact, there were none, her ears were deaf to my concerns.