Monthly Archives: April, 2012

Listen

A word from the SSJE: Have you ever found yourself a little off track, maybe even a whole lot lost, in some questionable or awkward circumstance when suddenly you felt like you had been whopped up the side of the head, that something, someone, somehow got your attention in no uncertain terms? I’m not suggesting …

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Not about me…

From the 50 Days of Prayer: Read Mark 3:7-12: 7 Jesus left with his disciples and went to the lake. A large crowd followed him because they had heard what he was doing. They were from Galilee,8 Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the area surrounding Tyre and Sidon.9 Jesus told his disciples to get a small …

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Sermon Notes- May 27, 2012

Year B- Day of Pentecost Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35 b (UMH 826) Romans 8:22-27 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Pentecost Sunday…the end of a season…the transition to another season…the Birthday of the Church…the Holy Spirit’s arrival in power.  The day is meant for proclamation…just to tell the story from Acts would be enough, but the readings for …

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Mark, the Evangelist

Today, on many of the Christian calendars, they are remembering Mark, the evangelist.  My denomination (United Methodist) doesn’t usually deal with the sanctoral calendars, though they generally recognize the liturgical year and major feast days.  Our founder, John Wesley, was a practicing Anglican in the 18th century, and kept major and minor feast days that …

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Call

Today is the beginning of General Conference for The United Methodist Church.  It was in a small town United Methodist Church that I first heard my call to ministry.  I have continued to be called, and I have been taken on some amazing adventures.  The latest version of my call has me working full-time at …

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Toyohiko Kagawa

Today’s commemoration in the Daily Office is for Toyohiko Kagawa, a Japanese Christian figure from the 20th century. He was born in Kobe, Japan in 1888, and was orphaned very early, living with a couple of different family members in a working class part of Kobe.  He learned English by attending a Bible class sponsored …

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