Sermon – Fourth Sunday in Lent (Luke 15:1-3,11-32)
The parables of Jesus are a form of shock therapy. They are intended to jolt us into a new self-awakening by showing us how God acts toward us and those around us. Jesus begins with something very common and familiar. Then after getting us to identify with one or more of the characters he springs the trap. Everything is turned upside down. We are caught. We are tempted to resist the parable and try to put everything back the way it was, or the way we think the world is. The parable has shown us something about God and about ourselves that doesn’t seem right or fair. The parable forces a decision from us. (more…)
Saturday quilting postponed
The Shepherd’s Flock Quilters will not meet on Saturday, March 9. The next date for quilting will be Monday, March 11th at 1:00 p.m.
The Third Sunday in Lent (Luke 13:1-9)
No one could ask for a better God than the One who has revealed himself in our Old and New Testaments. He offers life giving food and water to all, even those who have no money. They will be treated the same as those who have money. Those who are wasting their lives, those wandering around in confusion, even those who have committed horrible deeds are simply asked to listen to this welcoming and forgiving God. He seems to be saying, “All the things you thought would give you life have failed you. Your appetites for the things that were promised to satisfy your hungers have left you dried up. The one who promised you such good things has abandoned you. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. My promises do not dry up. I have given and will always give you such gifts that people from all nations will be drawn to you. In and through your lives all people will come running to you.” (more…)
Second Sunday in Lent (Genesis 15 & Luke 13)
In our first reading God makes two unbelievable promises to Abram. First, he and his wife Sari are promised a son and their descendants will be as many as the stars in the heavens. What’s so unbelievable about that you ask? Only that Abram was 90 and Sari 75. And the promise didn’t come true until 10 years later. Why and how can one continue to trust solely in the promise when the evidence against the promise is all around? It is Abram’s embrace of this scandal that makes him the father of faith. With nothing to go on except God’s promise, Abram continued to trust God. Now that’s faith! (more…)
The First Sunday in Lent (Luke 4:1-13)
Lent is the time for us to rediscover our identity as individuals and as a congregation. Peter Gomes, while chaplain at Harvard, used to say that when we greet one another we should not say, “How are you?” but rather, “Who are you?” Who are you Good Shepherd congregation? This question is especially important as you continue working your way through this pastoral vacancy while searching for a new pastor. Those who attended Ash Wednesday worship also received a shocking realization of their identity: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” (more…)
The Transfiguration of Our Lord (Luke 9:28-36)
In Jesus, God shows us things we don’t expect to see. Epiphany shows us a human Jesus dancing and praying in the light of God. The light of a star guides foreign astrologers to worship the boy Jesus. At his baptism a voice tells Jesus who he is, God’s beloved Son. Jesus is the best saved for last at a wedding celebration. He is the one who tells us the truth about God and ourselves in the scriptures. And now today, we see the light of God dazzling all over him. (more…)
Worship services cancelled for Feb 10
Worship services for Sunday February 10, 2013 have been cancelled. We will have a 7:30 p.m. service on Ash Wednesday February 13, 2013. We hope and pray you have weathered the storm without any problems.