John 3:1-17

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1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can …

spirit & fire

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What do you imagine it would be like for God to pour out God’s spirit on all people?  What would it feel like? How would the world be affected? What would happen? Pentecost comes 40 days after the resurrection.  Jesus has appeared to the disciples numerous times since Easter.  He has spent weeks reiterating his teachings and highlighting the most …

weekly prayer: 5/21

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Spirit of God, Stir me with your fire. Kindle your passion within me. Move me to help reform and transform the world. Show me how to confront injustice. Teach me to call for inclusion. Empower me to work for your love in all the places I go.  Amen. of fire | God’s spirit and the disciples in Acts 2

Acts 2:1-21

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1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit …

never alone

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After Jesus was raised from the dead, he spent time with his followers, appearing to them, reassuring them it really was him and not a ghost, and explaining scripture and his teachings to them in light of his death and resurrection. Eventually, it was time for him to leave earth and ascend.     We find accounts of Jesus’ ascension in …

weekly prayer: 5/14

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O God, Help me to remember that you are always here. Show me your presence. Show me the countless ways you fill my world with love and hope and new life. Remind me of your promise that we are never without you. Help me to see you and find strength to live your love. Amen. never alone | Jesus ascends …

Luke 24:44-53 and Acts 1:1-11

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44[Jesus said to the eleven and those with them,] “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is …

. . . as I have loved you

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Hooray for summer!  Classes are finished, finals are over, and graduation is done!  Good for you, everyone!  Another year is complete and we are all at the edge of some kind of transition.  Whether you are starting something very new or returning to familiar places and activities, summer is a wonderful change.  May your summer be filled with new experiences, …

weekly prayer: 5/7

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O God, Thank you for the many blessings of this year. Remind me of the countless ways your love surrounds me.   -The people who have shown me kindness and compassion.   -Opportunities to learn and grow and become.   -The warmth of the sun and sweetness of the breeze.   -Words of encouragement when I was losing hope.   …

John 15:9-17

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[Jesus said:] 9“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. 12“This …