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(Note on Sermons: Associate Pastor Jenn DiFrancesco preaches from notes so where there are gaps in dates, most likely it is a Sunday on which she preached.)

Contemporary painting of Jesus healing a leper

Beyond boundaries

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked…

An orderly account

In the days of King Herod of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years. Once when he was serving as priest before God and his…
holly with berries

A Variation on the Fir tree

A variation on the Fir Tree (by Hans Christian Andersen) Years ago (in the 1840’s), the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen told a story about a Fir-Tree; an evergreen. Whether it was a Fraser fir, a cedar, blue spruce or another variation, I don’t know- nor is it important (to me.) What is important is that this story was re-told and re-enacted by my family over many years of the 20th century. It is a story that, frankly, given the…

a welcome, welcome home!

In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of King Cyrus of Persia so that he sent a herald throughout all his kingdom, and also in a written edict declared: “Thus says King Cyrus of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to…

Light the Candle

“Look, the days are coming, said the Lord, when I will fulfill the good word that I spoke concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will make a righteous shoot flourish for David, and he shall do justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah shall be rescued and Jerusalem shall dwell secure, and this is what he shall be called: The-Lord-Is-Our-Righteousness.” Jeremiah 33:14-18 Yesterday my daughter…
Huldah

Finders Keepers

   Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign; he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right or to the left. In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam the secretary,…

The Best Advice of All

And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. And Solomon lay with his fathers and was buried in the City of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead. And Rehoboam came to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. And it happened when Jeroboam son of Nebat heard, he was still in Egypt where he had fled from King Solomon, and Jeroboam had stayed in…

A Link in the chain of life, not the key

And all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron, and said, “Here we are, your bone and your flesh are we. Time and again in the past when Saul was king over us you were the one who led Israel into the fray, and the Lord said to you, ‘It is you who will shepherd My people Israel and it is you who will be prince over Israel.’” And all the elders of Israel came to the king…

salvation in the reeds

And a new king arose over Egypt, who knew not Joseph. And he said to his people: ‘Look, the people of the sons of Israel are too many and too vast for us. Come, let us be shrewd with them, lest they multiply, and it come to pass than when any war occur, they actually join our enemies and fight against us, and get out of the land.’ And they set over them forced-labor foremen to abuse them with their…

Holy Wrestling

And the tribute procession (to impress Esau) passed on before him, and he spent that night in the camp. …And Jacob rose on that night and took his two wives and his two slave girls and his eleven boys and he crossed over the Jabbok ford. And he took them and brought them across the stream, and he brought across all that he had. And Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn.…