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“Your Heart’s Desire”

Posted By on Jun 16, 2024

June 16, 2024 ~ 4th Sunday after Pentecost ~ Father’s Day Rev. Beckie Sweet   Very early on in my ministry, more than 40 years ago, I preached on the Gospel Text about the mustard seed for the first time.  I was excited!  This is one of Jesus’ parables which is more concretely understandable to the subjective mind, like mine.  I was serving two churches at the time, and after the first service, I would greet folks before...

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June 9, 2024 ~ Third Sunday after Pentecost   We all have them.  Small knick-knacks, figurines, plaques, and the like, received as gifts, purchased as a souvenir, inherited from a family member.  My grandmother used to call then “dust collectors.”  Perhaps you have a shoe box on the shelf in your closet containing love letters, projects made by a child or grandchild before they could write their name.  Construction paper which...

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Posted By on Jun 2, 2024

June 2, 2024 ~ Second Sunday after Pentecost Rev. Beckie Sweet   A couple of decades ago, during months of anticipating the birth of each of my children, I used to spend sleepless hours imagining what each child would look like, which personality traits they would inherit (or not!), what skills they would develop, what passions would drive them.  As I longed for sleep, the words of the psalmist would swirl in my mind,   You...

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“Called by the Spirit”

Posted By on May 26, 2024

May 26, 2024 ~ Trinity Sunday ~ Peace with Justice Sunday Rev. Beckie Sweet   Once upon a time, there was a woman who set out to discover the meaning of life.  First she read everything she could get her hands on – history, philosophy, psychology, religion.  While she became a very knowledgeable person, nothing she read gave her the answer she was looking for.  She found other smart people and asked them about the meaning of...

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May 12, 2024 ~ 7th Sunday of Easter ~ Ascension Sunday ~ Mother’s Day Rev. Beckie Sweet   One day four ministers stood talking and, as so often happens, the conversation soon drifted away from secular niceties, to shop talk.  “I prefer the King James Version of Scripture,” said one, “for its eloquent use of the English language.”  A second minister gave forth that no Bible could match the New American Standard for its...

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