• New Beginnings
    by pricecomm on November 30, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    November 29, 2020/1st Sunday of Advent – Jeremiah 33:14-18 Happy New Year! We Christians are lucky folk.  We don’t have to wait for the calendar to wind down through the darkening days of December, for the icy fingers of January to wake us from our winter’s sleep to embrace a new year.  By […]

  • Battle of the Gods
    by pricecomm on November 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    November 22, 2020/I Kings 18:20-39 Full disclosure: I am not a football fan. So you might be surprised to hear me describe the final seconds of last week’s match-up between the Buffalo Bills and the Arizona Cardinals.  After trailing for the entire game, Arizona took a three-point lead at the […]

  • Committed Lives
    by pricecomm on November 15, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    October 25, 2020/Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9 Shema Yisra’eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad. Hear, O Israel, the Lord is God, the Lord is one. Twice daily, morning and evening, faithful Jews recite the Shema, named for the first word of the text.  It is more than a call to prayer.  It is a […]

  • Power Hungry
    by pricecomm on November 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    November 15, 2020/I Kings 12:1-17, 25-29 No one among the Hebrews should have been surprised at the state of affairs in the kingdom.  Samuel tried to warn them, after all.  Back then, they had begged for a king, so they could be like other nations.  Upset over their desire to have someone other […]

  • Come with Joy
    by pricecomm on November 14, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    November 8, 2020/2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5 In a country that prides itself on its democratic government, we would do well to recognize that even the best governments – and leaders – are often quirky and difficult and downright messy.  If we had any doubts, if we were under the illusion that the […]

  • God of All
    by pricecomm on November 2, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    November 1, 2020/All Saints’ Day – Ruth 1:1-17 How many times have we heard Ruth’s words lifted up in a wedding ceremony?  In times past, when women were valued for their place in the family rather than for any particular talent, skill, or intelligence, they made a kind of sense.  “Where […]

    by pricecomm on October 18, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    October 18, 2020/Exodus 3:1-15 The story of Moses and the burning bush is so well known, it has lost its ability to amaze us.  You know the old saying, “familiarity breeds contempt”?  We may not regard this story with contempt, but we do tend to slide right by the messages it carries.  […]

  • Battle and Blessing
    by pricecomm on October 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    October 11, 2020/Genesis 32:22-30 What is it about those middle-of-the-night hours?  What is it about the still darkness that allows our imaginations to run wild, in all the wrong directions, that fosters thoughts of gloomy outcomes and dire endings.  Why is it that everything looks worse at two […]

  • Laughter
    by pricecomm on September 20, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    September 20, 2020/Genesis 21:1-7 It was a Monday in early February when my phone rang and I answered it to hear my daughter talking nearly hysterically.  “I really need to talk, Mom,” she said.  “Cause I’m really freaking out right now.”  After a difficult time and some heartbreaking […]

  • Creator and Creation
    by pricecomm on September 13, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    September 13, 2020/Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-25 Beginning this Sunday, our sermon texts will be drawn from the Narrative Lectionary.  This lectionary offers a four-year cycle of readings that follow the sweep of the biblical story, from creation through the early Christian church.  The stories tell of […]