Blow past the minimum. Love to the max.

Old Testament Ecclesiasticus 15:15-20 Psalm Psalm 119:1-8 Epistle 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Gospel Matthew 5:21-37 “If you choose, you can keep the commandments ... to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Jesus continues the sermon on the mount, moving from beatitudes and blessings to specific instruction. We should remember Jesus' words last week, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets, but to fulfill” ... to complete. Jesus continues to reinterpret the Law and reveal God’s intention. Jesus speaks with authority from scriptu

Let God's Light Shine

Old Testament Isaiah 58:1-12 Psalm Psalm 112:1-10 Epistle 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 Gospel Matthew 5:13-20 "We have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us." In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Jesus seems to have a precarious relationship with the law. He is constantly at odds with the scribes and Pharisees, the contemporary interpreters and keepers of the law. Based on how Jesus finds the world in the first century, a reinterpretation is necessary. Many Jews had gotten caught up in the letter of the law, and strayed f

The Call to Worship

Old Testament Malachi 3:1-4 Psalm Psalm 24:7-10 Epistle Hebrews 2:14-18 Gospel Luke 2:22-40 May we present ourselves to the Lord with pure and clean hearts. In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Where do we find God? Are we really looking for God? Will we recognize God when we encounter God? How will we respond? Today we remember The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple. Mary and Joseph bring the infant Jesus to the Temple, partly for the ritual purification of Mary according to the law ... also to dedicate their first born son to God. After all we have heard from Advent up until no

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