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When What Is on Trial for Why

The passages from Micah are in a sense a trial. Israel is on trial because the people have come to think the worship actions God requires are too burdensome. In fact, the problem is not that the “what” is too much, but that Israel has lost sight of the “why” of these actions. They have lost sight of God’s love, which is supposed to be the foundation of all they do. When you the know the “why” of the things you do, those actions make more impact and become easier to carry out.

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Worthy Pursuits

The story of Naaman is one of a mighty person with a serious problem who is helped, not by his own power and might, but by the efforts of the lowly servants. Rev. Leathers reminds us that our goal is not to pursue some nice idea that seems worthy, but to pursue God's plan for the world. Our church is a place where everyone, great and small, is welcome to come and learn of God's love and of God's plans. It is God's grace that moves us forward and God's grace is always available to us.

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Wisdom’s Child

Rev. Beth uses the familiar story of Solomon and the two mothers to remind us that God’s justice is for all, not joust for those society deems to be deserving. The king of all the land takes the time to adjudicate the dispute between two women of the lowest station, because that is what God wants for all people, even the children.

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Put It to Bed

Before the lies and cover ups we have seen among our leaders in the past few decades, there was David. David was king of Israel and Judah by God’s design, but in his power the couldn't refrain from sinning against God with Uriah's wife. Nathan confronted David and David knew he had to be reconciled with God; he had to repent. Sin is what keeps us from God, and we must all be reconciled with God in order to do God’s work. God is always ready to hear of our repentance and offer forgiveness. But we must act.

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Our Price for a Wall

On Coming Out Sunday, Pastor Marcus reminds us that, as an Open and Affirming, More Light, Reconciling congregation, we have chosen to stand with those who are afraid to reveal who they are, to support them and encourage them to live their lives as God intended, not as society dictates. He reminds us that we have willingly agreed to try to be a place where all are welcome, all are safe. Our mission is to remove walls that restrict people from knowing God and replace them with doors that open in welcome and love.

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