Spirit of Prophecy

Revelation 19:9-10 When I began seminary, one of my professors said that we should be a "prophetic people" and that one of our goals should be to "preach prophetically" with every sermon. I won't lie to you, that terrified me. Maybe it's because I was born and raised in Appalachia. When people speak of prophets... Continue Reading →

For The Sake of All

2 Corinthians 5:6-15 Paul spent a portion of his life actively persecuting the Church because he felt they were polluting the singular truth of God he understood as a faithful Jew. Then he saw the light. Literally. After that, Paul would spend the rest of his life being persecuted for the Church. Always, in the... Continue Reading →

Fearful Hearts Become Hard

Exodus 5:10-23 As is often the case when outsiders arrive on a nation's soil, fear drives the policies of that nation's leaders. Afraid that the Israelite's growing numbers and prosperity would threaten the Egyptian way of life, Pharaoh orders them into slavery.  Saved from the slaughter of all the Hebrew male children (Pharaoh feared they... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Feb. 3, 2019

Call to Worship L: All are welcome in the presence of Jesus. Come and hear his gentle voice speaking words of hope to you: "Friend, your sins are forgiven."P: If we have to crawl through the ceiling, we will come to the presence of Jesus. Here we are, Lord! Speak to us!L: Even those the world rejects... Continue Reading →

Empty Vessels

Vessels.Filled to the brim.Cleansing for the unclean.Hope for the hopeless.All who come will be welcomedwith a just a splash.Wash away the hurt.Wash away the sin.Wash away the shame.Leave the vessels where they stand.Empty.Discarded.Used.Dry.Laughter fades.Singing turns to silence.Whispers reveal the emptinessof joy,of hope,of celebration.What good is itwhen it's all been used up?What is leftafter it's all... Continue Reading →

An Army of Deborahs

Two years ago I had the privilege to join a group of Morgantown, WV area women on a bus trip to Washington DC for the first Women's March. I went, not really knowing what to expect. I knew the numbers of those intending to come were exceeding the initial estimation. I knew that there was... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Baptism of the Lord Sunday

Call To Worship: L: In the beginning, God's Spirit swept over the waters and spoke into existence all that is. P: Move over the deep voids of our hearts, O God, and speak life into us. L: Through the terrifying waters of the Red Sea, Moses lead your people. P: Our hearts tremble in the presence of your might, O God, but we will follow. L: From the water of the womb you brought forth your Son for the Salvation of the world. P: We stand in awe of your mystery, O God, and praise you for your mercy and unfailing love. L: Over the... Continue Reading →

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