Where Do You See God?

Exodus 33:12-23 12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways … [Read more…]

God’s Generosity

Matthew 20:1-16 Our reading in Matthew is chapter 20 verses one through 16 — Jesus’ parable about workers in a vineyard. You’ll hear that the landowner paid people one “denarius” A denarius is the amount usually paid as one day’s wages which was enough for one person to live on, but a whole family would … [Read more…]

Forgive Your Brother or Sister

Matthew 18:21-35 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[a] 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle … [Read more…]

Love One Another

Romans 13:8-11 8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love … [Read more…]

Destroy Your Life!

Matthew 16:21-28 21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 … [Read more…]

Let God Transform You

Romans 12:1-8 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will … [Read more…]

You of Little Faith

Matthew 14:22-32 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was … [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…]