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United Voice – November 2020

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Worship – Sunday, November 1 – “The Wisdom to Find Another Way, The Courage to Follow It”

November 1 – All Saints Day The Sunday before an Election As a king, David wasn’t always wise. When the wealthy landowner Nabal insulted him, the king rounded up his troops and declared war on him. Nabal, “surly and mean” … Continue reading

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Worship – Sunday, October 25 – “Knowing When Something Doesn’t Fit”

The giant Goliath is terrorizing the Israelites. A young shepherd named David tells King Saul he can take him on. The desperate king gives the boy a chance and his armor. After clanking in the over-sized suit and shield, the … Continue reading

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United Voice – October 2020

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. – Psalm 139:14a (NRSV) I wonder how old the psalmist was when they wrote this psalm. I wonder what gender they were, if they were short or tall, if they … Continue reading

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Children in the Wilderness

God was with Ishmael, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. – Genesis 21:20 (NRSV) Ishmael was a child of the wilderness. Conceived in the wilderness of slavery, he was in utero … Continue reading

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Clothed with Power

“Wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.” – Luke 24:49 (WEB) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is much in the news right now. From grocery clerks to medical staff, bus drivers to nursing home … Continue reading

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With the Voice of Thanksgiving

“But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you.” – Jonah 2:9 (NRSV) Jonah spoke those words from the belly of a whale. He’d been inside the creature for three days and three nights, after being thrown off … Continue reading

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Honest to God

My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. – Psalm 31:15 I wonder if Jesus prayed Psalm 31 before his entry into Jerusalem. The Gospel of Luke says that next Friday, he prayed—or … Continue reading

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God’s Gentle Partners

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” – Matthew 5:5 (NRSV) I’ve always had trouble with the third Beatitude. The other blessings from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount are worthy goals: hungering for righteousness, showing mercy, striving … Continue reading

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