You Are Led by the Spirit

Romans 8:12-25  Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to [the flesh]. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit … [Read more…]

Nothing Can Separate You From the Love of God

Romans 8:31-39   NIV 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has … [Read more…]

Abraham’s Absurd Faith

Genesis 22:1-14 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah.  Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” 3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded … [Read more…]

Hospitality and Hunger

June 18, 2023 – The Congregational Church of Easton The lectionary readings for today are about compassion.  Matthew tells us that Jesus’ heart went out to malnourished people in his day.  He commissioned 12 disciples to help him respond to the people’s enormous need.  They were sent to tell everyone that the Kingdom of God … [Read more…]

Live the Mystery of the Trinity

June 11,  The Congregational Church of Easton Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday.   The Unison Prayer of Invocation started with the words, “Triune God.”  Someone asked me what “Triune” means.  The person was not familiar with that word.  It occurred to me that many of you may not have a very clear understanding of the doctrine … [Read more…]

I’m Praying for Them (and for you!)

John 17:1-11 This is Jesus’ “Priestly Prayer.”  John doesn’t have a version of the Lord’s Prayer in his gospel.  This is the Lord’s Prayer,” according to John. Don’t try to make intellectual sense out of what he’s saying.  Just let his words resonate in your feelings.  Feel the boundless love he is pouring out to … [Read more…]

You Have Received Power

When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting.3 They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them.4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to … [Read more…]