Faith

Proper 14

August 10, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Genesis 37:1-4
Reading 2: 
Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
Reading 3: 
Romans 10:5-15
Reading 4: 
Matthew 14:22-33
By Russell Pregeant

The “little faith” of the disciples is thematic in Matthew. In this gospel, Jesus uses the adjective oligopistos (of little faith) four times (6:30, 8:26, 14:31, and 16:8) and the noun oligopistia (littleness of faith) once (17:20), always in relation to the disciples. Clearly, however, littleness of faith does not mean utter lack of faith; the disciples waver back and forth throughout the gospel. And the specific nature of the inadequacy varies from passage to passage.

Proper 13

August 3, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
August 3, 2014
Reading 2: 
Genesis 32:22-31
Reading 3: 
Psalm 17:1-7, 15
Reading 4: 
Romans 9:1-5
Alt Reading 1: 
Matthew 14:13-21
By Russell Pregeant

The Genesis reading is one of the most process-friendly texts in the Bible. To begin with, it presents God as interacting with humanity in a way that actually suggests divine vulnerability. For the wrestling match is no mere charade in which God intentionally withholds power in order to guide Jacob through a process of transformation. When “the man” (=God) pleads for Jacob to let him go in v. 27, we must take the request at face value—that is, as an indication that the divine combatant cannot break Jacob’s grip. The beginning of v.

Second Sunday in Lent

March 16, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Genesis 12:1-4a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 121
Reading 3: 
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Reading 4: 
John 3:1-17
By Marjorie Suchocki

Once again the Lenten texts take us through salvation history, starting this time with Abram called to journey in faith "to a land that I will show you," to the Psalmist's confident faith in God's unfailing care, to Paul's emphasis on faith's role in salvation, to the quintessential Johannine confession of faith, "God so loved the world..."

One could focus on any one of the texts individually or else take them collectively.

Proper 23

October 13, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 66:1-12
Reading 3: 
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Reading 4: 
Luke 17:11-19
By David Lull

Our world has too many refugees and exiles, yearning to be free and restored to wholeness. With them, we also yearn for a world without refugees, exiles, and deportees. Today’s lectionary readings invite reflections on hope and faith in the face of suffering.

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

Born to Question; Born to Care

Author - First Name: 
Carolyn
Author - Last Name: 
Bohler
Date Delivered: 
March 26, 2006

Nicodemus
John 3:1-9; 19:38-42; 3:1-9
(Nicodemus questions Jesus about being born again, challenges those who would kill Jesus, then cares for Jesus’ body)

Service of Adult Baptism and Confirmation

Author - First Name: 
C. Kit
Author - Last Name: 
Wilke

[This service has evolved over several years. It reflects our practice of inclusiveness at First Congregational Church, Long Beach and the contemporary language of our young people. It understands that the proper meaning of “faith” is more close to “trust” than to “belief” and that affirmation of beliefs is far less significant than the courageous living-out of faith. Particular care has been given to remove the ambiguity, personalism and possible anti-physical and anti-sexual overtones of more traditional services. Yet it also seeks to remain within Trinitarian orthodoxy.

Syndicate content