Meditations

Sunday September 12, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! Three weeks ago we heard Peter’s confession of faith as told in John’s gospel. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says,...

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Sunday September 5, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. Jesus...

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Sunday August 29, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True...

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Sunday August 22, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! In today’s gospel many people take offense at Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh and drink his blood; even many of Jesus’ disciples...

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Sunday August 15, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! Wisdom prepares a feast, sets her table, and invites all to come and eat her bread and drink her wine. The first chapter of John’s...

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Sunday August 8, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will...

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Sunday August 1, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! Apparently not satisfied by Jesus’ feeding of thousands, some who were there press him for a sign of his power; perhaps it is daily...

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Sunday July 25, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! Today is the first of five Sundays with gospel readings from John 6, the first four of which focus on Jesus as bread of life. Today...

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Sunday July 18, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! Mark’s gospel makes clear how great is the press of the crowd, with its countless needs to be met, on Jesus and his disciples. Yet...

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Sunday July 11, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! When Amos reports his vision of God judging Israel for its mistreatment of the poor, he becomes a threat to the power of the priests...

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Sunday July 4, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be...

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Sunday June 27, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a...

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Sunday June 20, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! We often use that phrase; “God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good”, and that’s what today’s readings strike me as...

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Sunday June 13, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or...

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Sunday June 6 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed,...

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Sunday May 30, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time!  and all the time! God is good! When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is...

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Sunday May 23, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome  Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Crossing all boundaries that would separate...

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Sunday May 16, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! The gospel for Easter’s seventh Sunday is always taken from the long prayer Jesus prays for his followers in John’s gospel on the...

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Sunday May 9, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! This Sunday’s image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus...

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Sunday May 2, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! This Sunday’s image of how the risen Christ shares his life with us is the image of the vine. Christ the vine and we the branches...

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Sunday April 25, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! The image of the good shepherd shows us how the risen Christ brings us to life. It is the relationship between the shepherd and the...

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Sunday April 18, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia! The gospel for the third Sunday of Easter is always one in which the risen Christ shares food with the disciples, meals that are the Easter template for the meal we share each...

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Sunday April 11, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia! The Easter season is a week of weeks, seven Sundays when we play in the mystery of Christ’s presence, mostly through the glorious Gospel of John. Today we gather with the disciples...

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Sunday April 4, 2021 Meditation

  Easter Sunday/The Resurrection of Our Lord Introduction & Welcome Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia! Christ is risen! Jesus is alive, and God has swallowed up death forever. With Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and...

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Sunday March 28, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! This week, the center of the church’s year, is one of striking contrasts: Jesus rides into Jerusalem surrounded by shouts of glory,...

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Sunday March 21, 2021 Meditation

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good! God promises Jeremiah that a “new covenant” will be made in the future: a covenant that will allow all the people to know God by...

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Sunday March 14, 2021 Meditation

Fourth Sunday in Lent Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good! all the time! and all the time! God is good!  The fourth of the Old Testament promises providing a baptismal lens this Lent is the promise God makes to...

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Third Sunday in Lent 3/7/21

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Toledo, Ohio A congregation of the Northwestern Ohio Synod The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Sunday, March 7, 2021 Third Sunday in Lent Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is...

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Second Sunday in Lent

Introduction & Welcome Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good!  all the time!  and all the time! God is good!   The second covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the one made with Abraham and Sarah: God’s promise to make them the...

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First Sunday in Lent

Introduction & Welcome   Welcome to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good!  all the time!  and all the time! God is good!   On Ash Wednesday the church began its journey toward baptismal immersion in the death and resurrection of Christ. This...

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