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Growing in Wisdom

I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Alice Fleming Townley August 19, 2018 This morning’s story of Solomon is one of my favorites. God asked Solomon, “What should I give you?”  Solomon recalled God’s great and steadfast love to his father David, and how David’s heart turned toward God. “What shall you give me?  I am only a little child; I do not know how to come in or go out and you have made me king.  Give me an understanding mind to lead your people and to discern between good and evil.  Give me Wisdom.” Solomon responded. And this answer delighted ...

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Be Nourished

John 6: 1-15 Ephesians 3:14-21 Alice Fleming Townley July 29, 2018 And a large crowd followed Jesus.  Who were they?  Jesus had gone to the ‘other side’ of the Sea of Galilee, from the Jewish side to the Gentile side.  This was a crowd of those ‘other people.’  And they followed him because of what he was doing for the sick.  This was a crowd that was curious, wondering, and hoping.  And this was a crowd made up of many, each with stories, and heartache, and needs.  They weren’t in the temple, or in the city, or at anyone’s home—they had come to ...

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Words of Power

Ezekiel 2:1-3:3 Alice Fleming Townley July 8, 2018 As a young man, young priest, Ezekiel went into exile.  There, after he and his people had lost the life and the land that he knew—he heard the voice of the Holy one. “Stand up and I will speak to you.”  And in the speaking, God’s spirit entered him. “Mortal, go to my people, go to Israel.  They have rebelled against me. . .You shall speak my ‘words’ to them.”[i] Speak the ‘word’ of the Lord.  In the beginning God’s word swept across chaos and brought forth life.[ii]  To Abraham and Sarah ...

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Being Seeds

Mark 4:26-34 Rev. Alice Fleming Townley June 17, 2018 Naomi Shibah Nye’s father came to America as a refugee from Palestine.  She wrote this poem reflecting on his life: “Refugee Not Always” Our father who was always our father not always our father Refugee not always once a confident schoolboy strolling Jerusalem streets He knew the alleyways spoke to stones All his life he would pick up stones and pocket them On some he drew faces What do we say in the wake of one who was always homesick? Are you home now? Is Palestine peaceful in ...

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