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Rev. Jon Dunbar
June 25, 2018

Beautiful Cry of Faith

Readings for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Lamentations 3:22-33; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9,13-15; Mark 5:21-43           How beautiful is the cry of faith that we hear as we put our ear to Scripture. “The LORD is my portion!” says the prophet Jeremiah (Lam 3). “Come and heal my sick daughter!” a father says to […]

June 18, 2018

God’s Still in Control, and He Still Cares

Readings for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Job 38:1-11; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41           Due to the terrible misfortunes that he suffered, Job could no longer see God working in his life. He didn’t doubt God’s existence. But he had lost all sense of God’s presence. “Behold, I go forward, but […]

June 12, 2018

Small Seeds, Big Growth

Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Mark 4:26-34           There are many kinds of work projects that have humble beginnings. The first step in erecting a large building is to study the site and soil to make sure they are suitable for construction. To the casual […]

May 30, 2018

The Blessing of Sabbath Rest

Readings for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost Deuteronomy 5:12-15; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; Mark 2:23-28           To the person who would live life entirely on his own terms, God’s commandments will inevitably feel restrictive, even suffocating. “Do I have to?” “Why should I?” “Surely I’m an exception, right?” Let’s be honest. The sinful […]

May 14, 2018

Holy Spirit, Fill Your Church!

Readings for The Day of Pentecost Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15           A deflated balloon. A flashlight without batteries. A vehicle with an empty gas tank. Without the necessary source of energy, none of these objects can be used as intended. The same is true of a person who lacks the […]

May 7, 2018

The Church Doesn’t Quit

Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter Acts 1:12-26; 1 John 5:9-15; John 17:11b-19 There are times in life when we all want to throw in the towel, cut bait, walk away. “This job, this project, this relationship is just…too…hard. I quit!” Now it’s true that calling it quits isn’t always a bad thing. We are justified in quitting a […]

April 29, 2018

“Be Born in Us Today”

Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Confirmation) Acts 10:34-48; 1 John 5:1-8; John 15:9-17           Even though it’s late spring, looking at Sunday’s readings brought to mind this line from a familiar Christmas hymn: “Cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today.” Resist the temptation to […]

April 23, 2018

Vine and Branches

Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 8:26-40; 1 John 4:1-11; John 15:1-8      In our backyard garden is a grapevine that I spent much of last summer fussing over – weeding, watering and pruning. Now I see that sometime over the winter a curious rabbit or deer had bitten right through the main […]

April 16, 2018

Shepherd and Sheep

Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter  Acts 4:1-12; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 In the Easter season, we reflect on the impact that Jesus and his resurrection from the grave had (and still has) on those who follow him. This Sunday is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday because of the Gospel lesson. There, Jesus affirms his commitment […]

April 3, 2018

It’s Always Easter

Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter Acts 4:32-35; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31      Is Easter over and done with? Perhaps it feels like it now that all the candy on store shelves is half-priced and the guests have cleared out of your home. But is Easter really over? No, it is only […]

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