Jesus in the Storm

Season after Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 7, Year B
Scripture: Mark 4:35-41

Amid the storms that toss our boats is the assurance that Jesus sleeps on a pillow in our boat! Are we comfortable enough to look at the question Jesus poses? “Why are you afraid?”

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Seeds Scattered on The Ground

Season after Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 6, Year A
Scripture: Mark 4:26-34

Jesus has begun his ministry; fresh with the capacity to notice abundance wherever he looks. But how to describe the richness of the Kingdom of God so people can grasp it? Seeds. Maybe that is it – everyone has seen seeds.

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Who is Your Family

Season After Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 5, Year B
Scripture: Mark 3:20-35

Proper: appropriate, fitting, and during Ordinary Time, the scripture appointed for each particular Sunday. The scriptures for this Season after Pentecost all come from the Gospel of Mark. In today’s Gospel, our story begins with the realization that the crowds around Jesus had become so big that the people could not even eat (presumably because it was too crowded). People were very interested in what he was saying, some thinking that his take on God and his ministry made him look crazy while others were drawn to his new kind of message.

We see his family try to come and make him stop, worried about what people were saying about him. But rather than taking a breather or taking a time out, Jesus instead challenges the notion and challenges the notion of family.

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The Trinity

Trinity Sunday, Year B
Scripture: John 3:1-17

Learned leaders of the church struggle to communicate the concept of the “Trinity,” our God who is three-in-one. A learned leader named Nicodemus went to Jesus in the night to struggle with the concept of “born again.” We stretch for a deeper understanding of God’s longing for us and with our call to respond, as John 3:16b says that eternal life is for those who believe in God.

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Coming of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost, Year B, Intergenerational Lesson Plan
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21

The focal scripture for Pentecost is The Book of Acts 2:1-21. Jesus had told them to wait. Wait until the “advocate” appeared. They had no clue who this advocate would be, but they trusted Jesus.

They were probably together to celebrate Shavu’ot, which was also called Pentecost because it occurred 50 days after Passover. Passover has brought physical freedom. At Shavu’ot people gratefully celebrated the “giving” of the Torah (the first five books found in our Bible), which brought freedom from idolatry.

On the Feast of Pentecost, “it” happened. The only account we have is provided by the writer Luke in this Acts passage. We can probably identify with Luke’s reaching for the right words to describe what happened: “It was like …” Yes. Wind. Fire. Now the disciples are not just speaking – they are communicating. Each person there understands. Now the disciples are ready to do the work Jesus gave them to do.

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Come Holy Spirit

Pentecost Sunday, Year B
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

The church is born at Pentecost. The promised Advocate comes and those who cowered in fear now burst forth from their prisons with a message that can be understood in any language. The message: God is for everyone and anyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. We are still unpacking this message today as we peek out from the prisons we find ourselves hiding within.

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God’s Mission, Our Mission

Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B
Scripture: John 17:6-19

Jesus reports to God. Jesus has done the work given him to do. A little band of believers is trained to do the work Jesus has given them to do. Jesus lifts these people up to God. As he does so, we, and our ministries are also lifted up. We are not immune to pain, suffering, or even defeat. But God offers protection from the evil one, in all we do. And, in all we do, Jesus asks, “that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.”

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Abide in my Love

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B
Scripture: John 15:9-17

God’s love: God’s love for us, enabling us to love God. God’s joy in us making joy complete. We are invited into this vast collaboration of love, invited to be part of God’s team, considered friends, no longer servants. God has, so to speak, looked each one of us in the eye and said, “You did not choose me but I chose you.” Chosen, by God, to bear the fruit of love.

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I am the Vine, You are the Branches

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B
Scripture: John 15:1-8

We have work to do, but not as lone rangers. We are called to stay connected to the vine, faithfully and courageously reaching out, securely connected to the vine of life. We will probably experience some very painful pruning. Later, often much later, we will experience the fruit. Abiding in that vine, trusting in it, and accepting its confines, we will learn to want the appropriate things and be free to ask for them. The work we are given to do, we will be able to do joyfully to the glory of God.

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The Good Shepherd

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B
Scripture: John 10:11-18

For the rest of the Easter Season, we have stories Jesus shared before the crucifixion. Now, in the light of the resurrection, they take on a powerful new value. Jesus is portrayed as the Good Shepherd. Even though sheep are not part of our lives like sheep were for the people who first heard these stories, we can resonate to the concept of a shepherd who knows his own and whose own know him. We belong to this shepherd. Yet, if, as Jesus tells us, he has other sheep that are not of this fold that he must bring also, we have work to do – work given to us by the Good Shepherd.

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