Theme: Our readings today point to the utter authority of God. The wonder of it all is that for humans "power corrupts." We can trust that! For God, power leads to love and compassion. This power deserves our praise!
Readings: Psalm 96:1-9 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43 Luke 7:1-10
Theme: In today's reading the utter Otherness and Power of God comes crashing into the lives of humans. But it is life-giving power, a love enthralling interruption into our existence.
Readings: Psalm 30 1 Kings 17:17-24 Luke 7:11-17
Theme: An overarching theme throughout Christianity is the notion of God's radical loving forgiveness. Against the backdrop of other harsher religions, against the backdrop of a harsh unforgiving world, God's love surprises us with an ever-ready embrace that is willing to say, "Let's start over. I love you!"
Readings: Psalm 32 2 Samuel 11:26-27, 12:10, 13-15 Luke 7:36-8:3
Theme: Our lessons today point to God, whom our Jewish brothers and sisters sometimes call the "All-Inclusive One." Turns out the All-Inclusive, wants to Include All. Go figure.
Readings: Psalm 22:19-28 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39
Theme: The path of life is the path of mission. The path of mission is never a path of hate. "By contrast, the path of mission produces fruits of the spirit! Do you remember what they are?
Readings: Psalm 16 Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Luke 9:51-62