Author Archives: Neil

Hearing the Monsters’ Fears

I’d rather sing a lullaby for my demons To listen to monsters’ fears by candlelight Hearing their stories and regrets Learning what they were afraid to see Tending the scars of the soul Walking through the darkest valley Into the … Continue reading

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Matthew 23: 37-39 Lament over Jerusalem

Matthew 23: 37-39 Parallel Luke 13: 34-35  37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood … Continue reading

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November 29, 2020 Digital Worship Services

First Sunday of AdventNovember 29, 2020 Traditional Worship Service One of the best known customs for the season is the Advent wreath. The wreath and winter candle lighting in the midst of growing darkness strengthen some of the Advent images … Continue reading

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Matthew 23: 1-36 Woe to the Blind Hypocrites

Matthew 23: 1-36 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, … Continue reading

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Matthew 22: 34-46 The Heart of Scripture

Matthew 22: 34-46 Parallel Mark 12:28-37; Luke 10:25-28, 20:41-44 34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which … Continue reading

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Matthew 22: 23-33 One Bride for Seven Brothers

Matthew 22: 23-33 Parallels Mark 12: 18-27, Luke 20: 27-40 23 The same day some Sadducees came to him, saying there is no resurrection;and they asked him a question, saying, 24 “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies childless, his … Continue reading

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Lost Dreams

Sometimes I imagine you running through some unending shopping mall Realizing that somewhere along the trip you lost hold of me in the crowd Perhaps you stopped to gaze at some curiosity in a shop window for a moment And … Continue reading

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Matthew 22:15-22 Rendering to Caesar and God

Matthew 22: 15-22 Parallels Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26 15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you … Continue reading

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Matthew 22: 1-14 The Call of the King

Matthew 22: 1-14 Parallel Luke 14: 15-24 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his slaves … Continue reading

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Matthew 21:33-46 The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

Matthew 21: 33-46 Parallel Mark 12: 1-12; Luke 20: 9-19 33 “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he … Continue reading

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