Posts by Pastor Denise

Posts by Pastor Denise

Palm Sunday Devotion

  Palm/Passion Sunday        Nothing Can Stop Jesus Entry Into Jerusalem                       Matthew 21:1-11  As we grieve what is lost this year – the waving palms, the soaring swell of the organ, the joy of singing with one another in the sanctuary, the touch of handshakes and hugs – we can be sure Jesus meets us where we…

WHAT WE KNOW

ROMANS 5:1-5 Friends as I stand before you today, I have to admit – this is weird! Your seat here is empty today but you are as present to me and to Christ as if you were sitting just right here. We are the united Body of Christ no matter where we may be. Still, it is a surreal situation – there is so much we don’t know – we don’t know when this will end, we don’t know…

MESSY PEOPLE: WOMEN OF HOPE

MATTHEW 1:1-16 Did you zone out a little when that Scripture was read this morning? Do you usually just sort of skip over this part, because most of the names are obscure – we don’t really know who they are or their significance. But with a closer look we do recognize some of the names and it is even more of a surprise that some of them are here. Today in our Lenten…

MESSY PEOPLE: DAVID

1 SAMUEL 16:10-13 Today, we continue our Lenten sermon series on Messy People from the Bible. Last week we read the parable of the Prodigal Son. The prodigal and his father and older brother were part of a very messy family situation, not so unlike something we might encounter today. Two siblings at odds with each other and a parent who loves them both. Many of us saw a…

MESSY PEOPLE: THE PRODIGAL

LUKE 15:11-32 Today is the first Sunday in Lent, which began on this past Wednesday, Ash Wednesday. Lent is the 40 days, not counting Sundays during which we prepare us or Easter Sunday. Traditionally, the season of Lent is a bit more somber and reflective. It is a time to take a good look at ourselves and our faith, to remember our baptism and our Lord. It is also a time…

THE SHINING

MATTHEW 17:1-9 AND 2 PETER 1:16-18 There are some moments in our faith that take us into the unknown, into the unfamiliar, into the transcendent. Moments that are so holy and unexplainable that all we can do is stand in open-mouthed  awe and wonder. When Moses encounters the burning bush that never burns up in the wilderness of Mt. Horeb – it is such a moment. When Elijah…

LONGING FOR A BABY

LUKE 2:1-20 What is it about a baby? Maybe it is the potential and hope a baby represents – as yet untarnished by the harshness and disillusionment of life they have not yet learned about hatred or rejection. We hope – maybe this baby will bring about a better future; perhaps this child will not make the same mistakes we made. Maybe it is peace – the peace that is…

LONGING FOR A SAVIOR

ROMANS 16:25-27 AND JOHN 1:14-18 Wow! December 22 – we have almost made it! It is a crazy, wonderful time of year. It can be very complicated, too. We want everything to be perfect and we wear ourselves trying to make it be so. Along with the joy, there is often an undercurrent of disappointment. Do you know what I mean? Many feelings and longings get stirred up. I…

LONGING FOR A FUTURE

ISAIAH 61:1-3 AND JOHN 1:9-13 Well known author, and artist Jan Richardson, speaks of a trip she made to Rome. “One of the things that fascinated me,” Richardson says, “was the presence of ruins.” For the city of Rome is a city where past and present inter-mingle. The Forum is an especially rich source ancient ruins: basilicas, arches, temples, etc. Verse 4 of our passage…