This is true discipleship. We live with Jesus, we hold on to Jesus, we suffer with Jesus, because Jesus brings a divisive peace that saves.
Gospel: Luke 12:22-34 (35-40) (Pentecost 9: Series C)
We are loved by our heavenly Father. When the Creator and Giver of all good things is caring for you, suddenly, you are free to care for others.
Gospel: John 17:20-26 (Easter 7: Series C)
So, we pray. Not just in times of need, but we pray at all times. Because this is part of what it means to be saved.
Gospel: John 16:23-33 (Easter 6: Series C)
Jesus opens for us a way to walk through suffering and to sing our song of salvation as we talk to our heavenly Father.
Gospel: John 21:1-19 (Easter 3: Series C)
The days after Easter are strange. We are slowly returning to our patterns of Church life and family life after the festivities of Easter. Yet, we need to be careful we do not become too comfortable.
Gospel: Luke 9:28-36 (Transfiguration: Series C)
You have been given a glimpse of glory, the glory of forgiveness, that you can share with those around you in the world.
Gospel: Luke 6:27-38 (Epiphany 7: Series C)
By listing a series of situations in rapid succession, Jesus overwhelms us with how practical, how real, how tangible, how concrete, how utterly achievable life in the kingdom can be.
Gospel: Luke 6:17-26 (Epiphany 6: Series C)
Jesus curses our cultural expectations. He says "woe" to those who are rich, satisfied, joyful, and praised. The good life of our world is not good for discipleship.
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 (Epiphany 5: Series C)
The miraculous catch of fish happens not just once in the ministry of Jesus but twice. And, interestingly this miracle happens twice to the same person. Simon Peter.
Gospel: Mark 9:38-50 (Pentecost 18: Series B )
You cannot “be what you want to be” and follow Jesus. Jesus has a higher calling for you, a calling which is more personal.
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37 (Pentecost 17: Series B )
Jesus takes that which is overlooked and unappreciated and celebrates this child as the place where God is at work.
Gospel: Mark 9:14-29 (Pentecost 16: Series B)
The beauty of our gospel reading today is how it reveals Jesus as the One who comes not only for the strong in faith but also for those who are weak and walking away.
Gospel: Mark 6:1-13 (Pentecost 6: Series B)
Jesus will bring good news, send His disciples to bring good news, and, in His death and resurrection, become good news for all.
Gospel: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 (Pentecost Sunday: Series B)
Somedays we are simply looking for a mark, a rock at the foot of a tree, something to direct us forward, a few words to let us know we are going in the right direction.