• For such a person, for such a time

    Date: December 10, 2006 Scripture: Isaiah 7:10-14; Luke 1:26-38 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: We began the Advent season last Sunday with the words of Mary set to music by J.S. Bach: "My soul magnifies the Lord." These next weeks, we continue our preparation for Christm.. readread & listen

  • On giving thanks

    Date: November 26, 2006 Scripture: Philippians 4:4-7; John 18:33-37 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: Carol Kent tells this story of her sister Joy and her four-year-old son, K.C. One day when they were eating lunch, Joy decided to see what K.C.'s mind would conjure up in respo.. readread & listen

  • To See or Not To See

    Date: November 18, 2006 Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:9-18; Mark 13:1-8 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: There was a time when - if you had asked me if I liked happy endings I would probably have said - no. Happy endings are the stuff of bad Hollywood fiction - I would have said. .. readread & listen

  • Its about seeing

    Date: November 11, 2006 Scripture: Mark 12:38-44 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: Today's gospel reading originates late in Jesus' ministry, between Palm Sunday and Good Friday, according to Mark. The setting: one of the outer courts of the great Temple in J.. readread & listen

  • Just One Thing

    Date: October 15, 2006 Scripture: Mark 10:17-31 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: I have to say - I really feel for this - young man in the scripture reading this morning. And it's NOT - - because he's rich. He just seems like such a nice guy to me. The scri.. readread & listen

  • Perfect Suffering and Devilish Doubts

    Date: October 08, 2006 Scripture: Job 2:1-10; Hebrews 2:5-12 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: There are two times in the book of Job when everybody just shuts up. No one speaks. They're silent. I sometimes think these two times are the best parts of the book. I think th.. readread & listen

  • Living the ways of peace

    Date: October 01, 2006 Scripture: Mark 9:38-50; Esther 7:1-10; 9:20-22 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: The setting for today's reading from Mark's gospel: Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Jerusalem, to his confrontation with the authorities, and to his death. In this .. readread & listen

  • What Kind of Armor?

    Date: August 27, 2006 Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-20 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: In my first or second year as a pastor I led a funeral service - that I think back to from time to time. I think back to it - and to the unpleasantness of some of the memories... readread & listen

  • Reality Bites

    Date: August 13, 2006 Scripture: Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Preacher: Guest Preacher Guest Preacher: Aimee Moiso Today's scripture lesson comes from the letter to the church at Ephesus. The letter has traditionally been attributed to Paul or a follower well versed in Pauline thought, and .. readread & listen

  • Deepening

    Date: July 30, 2006 Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-21 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: In 2001, a group of us walked the stone-paved, column-lined streets of ancient Ephesus, in Asia Minor. One of the world's most magnificent archaeological sites, we strolled pas.. readread & listen

  • New world a-comin'

    Date: July 16, 2006 Scripture: Mark 6:14-29 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: I suspect that today's lectionary reading from the gospel of Mark is not among our favorites. I doubt if any of us memorized it as a child, nor do we often read it to our child.. readread & listen

  • Good and messy

    Date: July 09, 2006 Scripture: Mark 6:1-13 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: Did you ever want to have a conversation with Jesus? I often do. These two episodes prompt one for me. It might go something like this: Jesus, you were a carpenter. That w.. readread & listen

  • With honesty, for healing

    Date: July 02, 2006 Scripture: Psalm 130; II Samuel 1:1, 17-27 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: In terms of our nation's calendar, today's lectionary readings appear to be pretty peculiar. That is, they have nothing to do with July 4. In using them, we are reminded that o.. readread & listen

  • Meeting God in the Middle

    Date: June 18, 2006 Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:33-49; Mark 4:35-41 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: I believe that we often encounter God somewhere in the space between fear and faithfulness. Somewhere in the middle of all those things in our world and in our lives that strik.. readread & listen

  • The Whole Iceberg

    Date: April 23, 2006 Scripture: Acts 4:32-35; John 20:19-31 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: Six sevenths of most icebergs lie below the surface of the water. That's what my research showed. And there are whole teams of experts dedicated to iceberg detection. And STILL.. readread & listen

  • And Then...

    Date: April 16, 2006 Scripture: Mark 16:1-8 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: "And then what?" I want to ask Mark's gospel. If one translates the Greek directly, that last sentence of the most reliable and ancient Greek texts reads something like this: ".. readread & listen

  • My People, Their God

    Date: April 02, 2006 Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:20-33 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: Jeremiah's long prophetic career began in the late 7th century BCE. during the reign of the young reformist king, Josiah. Josiah had led a religious renewal which had purged th.. readread & listen

  • Love Stronger Than Death

    Date: March 26, 2006 Scripture: Num. 21:4-9; John 3:1421 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: An OXYMORON - is a contradiction that contains truth. It's a figure of speech that takes two things that seem like they should NOT go together - two ideas that are opposite and.. readread & listen

  • Facebooked

    Date: March 19, 2006 Scripture: John 2:13-22 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: Today's reading appears in all four gospels, a somewhat rare occurrence. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, this episode occurs in the last week of Jesus' ministry. Perhaps more than .. readread & listen

  • You bet your life

    Date: March 12, 2006 Scripture: Mark 8:31-36 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: Gracious God, this morning, silence in us any voice but your own, that hearing, we may also believe and thus live into your son, Jesus Christ. Amen. Today's lectionary rea.. readread & listen