Comforting (Isaiah 66:10-14)

Comforting (Isaiah 66:10-14)

Babies are helpless. Babies need food that is just for them so that they can be nourished and grow. Babies need the attention and love of their parents so that their fears are relieved and their easily-distracted good humor is restored. And so the prophet Isaiah uses the image of a nursing baby that is carried by his mother and bounced on his mother’s knee as an image of God’s love for his easily frightened, stressed out, and hungry people.

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Sheltering (Luke 9:51-62)

Sheltering (Luke 9:51-62)

“Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of God has no where to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). True community is not found in building a “forever home” here below. True community comes from looking to the gift of the Holy Spirit to join us in fellowship with God’s forever family now, to welcome other strangers in, and to await the Home that is ours, together.

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Marvelous (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31)

Marvelous (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31)

There is much about the Christian faith that at first glance appears similar to any other faith: love of neighbor, pursuit of peace and justice; but Holy Trinity Sunday is a day that Christians marvel at God in a way that no other people of faith can because Christians hold fast to a God who is one God…yet active and revealed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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The Paschal Candle Extinguished (Acts 1:1-11)

The Paschal Candle Extinguished (Acts 1:1-11)

Though the comparison is imperfect, the Paschal Candle reminds me a little bit of the candles on a birthday cake. We light it/them briefly, giving thanks to God for the gift of Life that that the burning flame represents. But then we extinguish the fire, with applause and celebration, eager to dig into the gifts that have been set aside for us to receive.

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A Church for All Nations (Acts 11:1-18)

A Church for All Nations (Acts 11:1-18)

Perhaps, like Peter, we need to learn that the church of God is a church of all nations and races. Perhaps, like Peter, we need to see again how the Spirit of God is both powerful enough to brings those we deem “outsiders” in and powerful enough to convince “insiders” that we are to cross the boundaries and divisions that separate us.

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Community Around the Waiting and Welcoming Father (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

Community Around the Waiting and Welcoming Father (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

Three years ago, Trinity’s Board of Elders met at Camp Maria Retreat Center to take on an issue identified by Trinity members at that time as a focus area for our congregation: the need for more comprehensive, intentional work in forming and leading small groups. Today, our congregation has six regularly gathering neighborhood small groups in California, Calvert County, Lexington Park, Hollywood, St. Inigoes, and Tall Timbers (you can find meeting times and locations of each at this link).

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The Gift of "Now" (Luke 13:1-9)

The Gift of "Now" (Luke 13:1-9)

“Now” is a gift given to the tree (and to us) to take note of what the divine Vine-Dresser has done on our behalf. “Now” is an opportunity to draw on the gift of Life only Jesus can give. The grace period is short. The call is imminent. But the Jubilee Year Jesus came to proclaim would be one of forgiveness, restoration and second chances (4:19).

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The Problem of Half-Truths in the Wilderness (Luke 4:1-13)

The Problem of Half-Truths in the Wilderness (Luke 4:1-13)

Last Wednesday we wore the cross of Jesus in ashes on our foreheads in remembrance of the Truth that as sinners “we are dust, and to dust we shall return” (cf. Genesis 3:19). This Sunday many of us will watch as a new child of God, Rhett Russell Gagnon, receives the gift of New Life in Holy Baptism and the same image …the cross of Jesus that brings forgiveness and renewal…is traced over his forehead.

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