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Rev. Alice Townley
John 1:1-5 (The Message) Matthew 2:1-12 Alice Fleming Townley January 5, 2020 In the gospel of Matthew, the only recorded visitors to Mary and Joseph after Jesus’ birth were Wise People from the East. And they didn’t arrive right away.  They came from another land, another language, and another religion.  I didn’t give much thought to that until I read Adam Hamilton’s Christianity and World Religions: Questions We Ask About Other Faiths with our adult church school class this fall.  Hamilton has a chapter on Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christ...

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Hope Can’t Wait

December 1, 2019 Isaiah 2: 1-5 Rev. Alice Fleming Townley I didn’t even remember the house at first, which was probably a good thing because if I had I’m not sure I would have gone inside.  We had returned to East Lansing to buy after many months since our initial house hunting trip.  Oh yes, it came back to me as I walked through the door, the bright red room complete with a restaurant sized bar, that opened into the pale colored house around it.  The realtor threw in a few rumors of wild parties and crime.   I come from a Temperance family and had ...

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Comfort and Strength

November 10, 2019 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-5; 13-17 Rev. Alice Fleming Townley Some in Thessalonia worried that times had gotten so bad, maybe they had they missed out on the coming of Jesus and being gathered to him.  Paul reminded them, as he had before, sure there would be ‘a lawless one,’ but even the ‘lawless one’ would not be able to stop the redeeming work of God. New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine reflects that the ‘lawless one’ could have been a specific person that readers would have remembered.  Perhaps Paul was referring to one of the ...

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Plant, Build, Encourage

October 13, 2019 Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 Rev. Alice Fleming Townley This letter was written to all those in exile from Jerusalem.  They had been defeated, devastated and forced 500 miles from home.  As the Psalmist lamented, By the rivers of Babylon—there we sat down and there we wept. (Psalm 137:1) Jerusalem had been the promised land and God had lived in the Temple.  “So, where was God?” they wondered.    And they had been God’s chosen people.  “So, who were they now?  How could they go on in a strange land where their enemies gloated over ...

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