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    Shekinah, Dimensionality, and Unity

    Radiant Lord, you shine with purity, power, and truth. Your mercy reflects your compassion, your care, and your love. Transform us into your image as we seek to follow you. Use us to make your presence known throughout the world. In your strong name we pray. Amen.  Sermon video, part 1 (of 3 clips). To view the remaining clips, visit the YouTube channel Oscar Romero said: “When we leave worship, we ought to go out the way Moses descended Mt. Sinai: with his face shining, with his heart brave and strong, to face the world’s difficulties.” Oscar Romero It seems there are two general ways churches have a tendency to…

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    Shepherd: Steward of the People

    The poet Naomi Shihab Nye, “Before you know what kindness really is, you must lose things.” She goes on to describe how, by knowing loss, experiencing pain, putting oneself in the shoes of another (the immigrant on the side of the road, the teen handing over control to addiction), kindness first reveals its potent salve to the wounded soul. It is by being present to another that kindness has agency to inject itself into a situation gone horribly sideways. My husband, Howie, is now an avid cyclist. During these polar vortex-seized winter months, he sets his road bike on a trainer that is wired to a virtual program. He sets…

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    The Mysterious Bond of Peace

    Since there are a number of us that work together to bring together a worship service that has the best opportunity to guide us together into glorifying God, I have to decide on which scripture I will use for the following Sunday . . . just when I’ve finished preaching the previous one. But as the week progresses and I encounter people and God speaks in those spaces in between, sometimes the passage I did not choose speaks God’s message more clearly than the first. Adding to the mystery of God’s speech and the tradition of the church, there are two general streams of lectionary tradition, and the scripture in…