Sermon: Blessed Are the Mourning

Luke 1:26-45 It’s no small miracle that, in all the world, Gabriel managed to locate the exact right girl he was supposed to find, but oh my goodness. He did not practice his approach! Gabriel took one look at Mary and bellowed: Greetings favored one! You there, human...

Message: Charged with the Word

Isaiah 61 Today is the Sunday of Joy and at church we’re celebrating two shimmering expressions of the Word of God. The first comes to us as the promise of God announced by the prophet. What happened was the people had returned to Zion after the exile. Even though...

Sermon: A Weary World Repenting

Joel 2:12-13, 28-29 With the exception of a quick quote on Pentecost, the book of Joel is one we don’t read in church very often. If you were to skim through it sometime, you’d see why. Joel is a prophecy that begins and ends with violence. In the beginning, the...

Sermon: Take Another Scroll

Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-28 and Jeremiah 31:31-34 If somebody were to compile a collection of Christians’ favorite Bible passages, I’ve got to believe, Jeremiah Thirty-One would make the list. This snippet of scripture has made its way into music and calls to worship, and...

Sermon: Knowledge of God

Jonah 1:1-17 and Jonah 3:1-10 I am Pastor Mariah, and I bring greetings to the people of Church of Peace United Church of Christ and to the people of Two Rivers United Methodist Church. It is a joy to bring a message to both congregations for today, Sunday November...

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