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Meditations

Every worship gathering is built around a theme from Scripture.

Our United Church of Christ practice is to read the day’s scripture, then hear a meditation on that scripture from the day’s preacher.
You will find  those meditations here. We include a Scripture Readings booklet, the video segment, and a transcript.

April 18, 2021

What Kind of House?

We are sensitive to any hint that what gave us comfort in the past might have to change for the future. The extreme reaction of Stephen’s listeners and his execution do not and cannot
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Made Known

Guest preacher Caryne Eskridge continues the conversation about “re-membering” as a pair of shattered believers leaves Jerusalem on Easter afternoon. Scripture Readings bookletDownload (no transcript available)
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Keep Talking

The finality of death leads us to avoid talking about it in a way that pushes back reality. On seeing the empty tomb the women re-membered Jesus’ words and concluded he was alive but
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March 28, 2021

Recognition

A grand entrance does not presage an easy visit. The raucous demonstration touched off by Jesus’ arrival makes the knowledge he carries that much heavier. Recognizing Jesus on Palm Sunday gives us what we
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Descendant

Our idea of who is welcome to be friends or family tends to place many on the outside. Jesus placing Zacchaeus not only on the inside but as a model of Abraham’s inheritance scandalizes
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Extremes

If we are living somewhere in the vast middle of things the idea of very poor or very wealthy is something we seldom consider. This story reaches beyond our lived experience at both ends
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Value

It’s a little unsettling to have something missing from a collection or a grouping but we learn to live with it. Jesus turns that thinking on its head with these stories that value finding
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February 28, 2021

Third Day Story

The “third day story” is where nuance and detail and understanding are brought into a narrative. Jesus urges his followers to get past the breaking news and ground themselves in the ultimate purpose of
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Them

You know who your neighbor is until adversity strikes. The Samaritan in the parable wins respect for his actual neighborliness even though he is one of “them.” The challenge of the Christian Way is
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If You Want To Know

Our desire to have a holy or pure experience of God is punctuated by the clashing experience of real life. Being immersed in the light-cloud of God opened a window for the disciples to
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January 31, 2021

Empty

It is our nature to look at sparse seats and memories and conclude that this is how things will be. The invitation to let down the nets when we are there’s no point to
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Jesus Begins

When we are at inaugural moments we hang on every word of the one who is beginning. The hometown pleasure of the listeners to Jesus “inaugural sermon” gives way to rage when he makes
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What Now?

In outrageous times we may be at a loss as to how we find common ground. John’s razor-sharp responses to the crowd’s questions point them toward a way that they know—but did not follow
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Name It

We have hopes and expectations and dreams and fears for our children. The Boy visiting the House of God was living under two sets of expectations and the dreams of one cannot always allay the fears of the other.
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December 27, 2020

Essential Workers

Rebroadcast of Rev Matt’s meditation on “Essential Workers” from our Christmas Eve 2020 Candlelight service. With Laura Intravia and the Center Church Choral Ensemble.
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God, With You

When our plans are derailed by circumstances beyond our control it’s natural to feel isolated and alone. Mary’s (and Elizabeth’s) story is one of derailment and a new path walked with God’s Holy Spirit.
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Joy, Forever

A “new normal” that normalizes separation and oppression and poverty for ordinary people is no normal at all. Isaiah the 3rd outlines a norm that rebuilds from the rubble and lifts up the crushed
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Extravagant Mercy

The question about when we can get back to real worship in our real church sanctuaries has led to real disorientation and harm. Joel’s word is that God offers us covenant love and extravagant
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November 29, 2020

It Got Real

We may treat rules and regulations and laws as necessary but irrelevant details until we find them applying to us. It was Darius who found himself bound by a seemingly-harmless decree that put Daniel
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New Day

Whether we brush facts aside or embrace them truth is truth and things will change. The indifference of Jehoiakim to the truth led to Judah’s downfall and left the promise of a new day
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Singed

In hazardous and uncertain times our impulse is to go to the ramparts and do battle. Isaiah’s vision grounds God’s strength in a different realm—the realm of holiness. Our disarming gift to our neighbor
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Preach It, Jonah!

In the aftermath of a stunningly divisive time we still have the matter of people who want to skewer us. Jonah does not have a choice about going to Ninevah and even couches God’s
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Sustained

When we dwell on perceived scarcity and hostility we circle the wagons and hold tight to what we have. Out of nowhere Elijah speaks up and is sustained by ravens and a starving widow
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