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The Third Sunday of Easter

April 22, 2012
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Reading 1: 
Acts 3:1-19
Reading 2: 
Psalm 4
Reading 3: 
I John 3:1-7
Reading 4: 
Luke 24:36b-48
By Bruce G. Epperly

This Sunday’s lectionary readings invite us to ponder presence, power, and fidelity as characteristics of God’s relationship to humankind. God’s spirit empowers us constantly and enables us to do great things, when we awaken to the possibilities present in this holy moment. We also can be embodiments of divine fidelity, power, and presence in our own healing and nurturing relationships.

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

February 12, 2012
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Reading 1: 
2 Kings 5:1-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 30
Reading 3: 
I Corinthians 9:24-27
Reading 4: 
Mark 1:40-45
By Bruce G. Epperly

The good news of Epiphany and the Christian message is God’s vision and movement toward abundant life, not just for the privileged, worthy, or healthy, but for all peoples in every condition of life. In a world in which politicians still invoke a relationship between poverty and laziness and preachers and spiritual leaders often connect disease with faithlessness, divine punishment, and poor character, today’s stories open wide the gates of healing to friend and stranger, and insider and outsider. There is no guilt or punishment, simply grace and restoration.

Healing Worship: Purpose & Practice

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Reiki Healing Touch and the Way of Jesus

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From Hurt to Healing: A Theology of the Wounded

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Walking in the Light

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The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

February 13, 2011
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Reading 1: 
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Reading 2: 
Psalm 119:1-8
Reading 3: 
I Corinthians 3:1-9
Reading 4: 
Matthew 5:21-37
By Bruce G. Epperly

What does it mean to choose life? In one way or another, today’s lectionary passages present visions of life-supporting and life-destroying behaviors and attitudes. Once again, the Epiphany readings join spirituality and ethics on an institutional as well as personal basis.

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