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  • How Will You Be Remembered?

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Feb 19, 2024

    When you die, will you b e remembered for the good you did, or for the time wasted

    Proverbs 22:1 Ben just came to town as a new rabbi. Unfortunately, his first official duty was to conduct a funeral service for Albert, a man who died in his eighties, with few relatives. Since Ben didn't know the deceased personally, he paused from his sermon to ask if anyone in the more

  • We Are His Disciples

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Feb 19, 2024

    How do we become disciples of Jesus?

    John 1:43-51 “Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.” Give us ears to hear Jesus calling, “Follow me.” Help us find ways to “Come and see.” The calling of disciples is a mystery, something profound, sacred, and beyond complete human comprehension. It usually involves divine intervention in more

  • Baptism And Temptations

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Feb 19, 2024

    immediately after Jesus was baptized by John he was forced into the desert by the Holy Spirit

    Mark 1:9-15 Today is the first Sunday of Lent – the annual period of self-reflection leading to the joy and celebration of Easter. It is also the Sunday that we hear in the reading about the baptism of Jesus and God's affirmation that He is His "well-beloved son." It helps more

  • Rejoice! I Say Rejoice!

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Feb 12, 2024

    On this third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), we change from penitence to rejoicing for what is to come.

    John 1:6-8, 19-28 The shortest and darkest day and longest night of the year – the Winter Solstice – occurs this week. It is the onset of the winter season when the sun is the furthest from Earth and is often a time of darkness, doubt, and fear. And yet, Sunday is Gaudete Sunday - a beloved day more

  • Because We Forget

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Jun 5, 2023

    it is our responsibility to create disciples, but we often forget the Great Commission

    Matthew 28:16-20 This Sunday is the second Sunday of Pentecost, also known as ‘Trinity Sunday.’ I have preached the last five Trinity Sundays! A favorite saying among the clergy (who quake at preaching this Sunday) is “It’s Trinity Sunday, Let the Deacon Preach,” thus avoiding trying to explain more

  • You In Us, And We In You

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on May 16, 2023

    Jesus resides in us, and asks us to reside in Him

    John 14:15-21 Let us pray: O God, you have prepared such good things for us than we can understand: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises. Amen. Today is the sixth Sunday of the season of Eastertide; next more

  • S. T. A. R. T

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on May 3, 2023
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    The Good Shepherd offers us a chance to have a new life in Christ

    John 10:1-10 This Sunday is known as ‘The Good Shepherd’ Sunday – almost everyone knows some variation of this parable: the shepherd who knew all the sheep's names, the one who left 99 sheep to rescue one, and gathered them into the sheepfold to be safe. Here is another image of the shepherd more

  • Fear To Faith

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Apr 17, 2023

    doubting leads from fear to strengthening faith

    John 20:19-31 Welcome to ‘Low Sunday,’ the first Sunday of the fifty days of Eastertide. After all the jubilation, misery, and rejoicing of last week, nothing can hold a candle to Holy Week. If you take a few seconds, you can figure out why it is called ‘Low Sunday.’ This Sunday is also called more

  • At The Foot Of The Cross

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Apr 10, 2023
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    waiting for the crucifixion of Jesus at the foot of the cross

    John 18:1-19:42 This obituary appeared in the Jerusalem Post in the year 33 C.E. “Jesus Christ, 33, of Nazareth, died Friday on Mount Calvary, also known as Golgotha, ‘the place of the skull.’ Betrayed by the apostle Judas and crucified by the order of ruler Pontius Pilate. The causes of death more

  • Jesus Crashes Through Barriers

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Mar 13, 2023

    Jesus once again breaks social barriers of sexism and racism

    John 4:5-42 Today, many states have “Good Samaritan” laws that make it easier for citizens to help others without incurring unnecessary liability. The words “Good” and “Samaritan” are tied together for most of us. Anybody who goes out of their way to help another person is often called a “Good more

  • Metamorphosis

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Mar 6, 2023

    Being 'born from above' will create a new person

    John 3:1-17 Today's scripture from John contains probably one of the best-known lines of text in the Bible. You can find this reference on billboards and marquees, spray-painted as graffiti on walls in tenements and rocks and rooftops. You can't watch a football game on television without more

  • Lay, Ordained, And Orders Called To Follow Him

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Feb 19, 2023

    no matter our position in the church, we are all called to follow Jesus

    Matthew 4:12-23 Many stories within the Bible are known as ‘call stories.’ A call story tells how God invites someone to become something new and unexpected. God calls this person to begin and not only begin but persist so that this new thing can occur. One day Andrew, Simon, James, and John more

  • ‘miracle Grow’ For The World

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Feb 19, 2023

    how can we 'fertilize' the world to make it the Kingdom of God

    Matthew 5:13-20 Unlike some scripture that strikes fear in preachers' hearts, this scripture has way too many topics that someone could use. But I want to strike at the core of what Jesus tells us who we are. But first, I must ask you a question: Has anyone ever told you that you are a pile more

  • Transfigure Us

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Feb 19, 2023
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    maybe by transfiguring ourselves we can become what Jesus wants

    Matthew 17:1-9 This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent; that makes this Sunday the last Sunday of Epiphany, the Sunday on which we celebrate the transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus' transfiguration marks the pivotal point in his story. Up to this moment, Jesus had gone about more

  • Who Are You?

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Dec 13, 2022

    John the Baptist is not sure that Jesus is the anointed 'Messiah'

    Matthew 11:2-11 In the past two weeks, our Advent lessons have taught us to prepare to celebrate both the past and the future - to celebrate both the birth of Jesus 2,020 years ago and to heighten our anticipation of his coming anew at a date and time no one knows for sure. The lessons have more