Learning Not to Cling

November 18th, 2018

Learning Not to Cling Jonah 4:1-11 November 18, 2018 On Easter morning in the Gospel of John’s account, there is an extraordinarily intimate moment when the risen Christ appears to Mary.  All the terrors of Holy Week have made the distance between herself and Jesus seem as wide as the ocean.  She had witnessed it all:  the entry

“What is it?”

November 15th, 2018

“What is it?” Exodus 16:1-15 November 11, 2018 I grew up with a mother who loved to cook and cooked very well.  What I remember most are the wonderful smells, many of which involved cooking apples:  apple sauce, apple crisp, apple pie.  Is there anything that smells better than cooking apples?  Well, maybe the smells of Thanksgiving dinner when

What the Union Church means to me (Laine Gamrath, Matt Stauffer and Emily McBean)

October 28th, 2018

What the Union Church means to me… Laine Gamrath, Matt Stauffer, and Emily McBean October 28, 2018 Hello everyone, I’m Laine, and I’ve been going to the Union Church of Lake Bluff for almost 10 years. Having seen and been a part of 8 Christmas pageants, 3 work trips, and countless Sundays, this church has

Bringing Out the Best in Us

October 20th, 2018

Bringing Out the Best In Us Romans 12:1-2 October 21, 2018 Last week, we made it only about a verse into the twelfth chapter of Romans.  The force of what Paul was saying was this:  take your everyday life—the decisions you make, how you do what you do—and offer it up to God.  In other words, forget about

What are you offering?

October 13th, 2018

“What are you offering?” Romans 12:1-2 October 14, 2018 So, I believe that all God has ever wanted is to love us and be loved back and for us to love one another.  (Jesus identifies this as the Great Commandment.)  It was love at first sight in the first creation story when God declared us, “Good!” and

The Point

October 13th, 2018

The Point John 6:22-26 October 7, 2018 Last Sunday was our work trip worship service, the day we set aside to share the pictures and the videos of the trip we took in June to Missouri. We spent time with folks we never would have met otherwise: an elderly, retired nurse who had cared for

Give and Take (Part 2)

September 23rd, 2018

Give and Take (Part 2) Mark 8:34-38 September 23, 2018 So, let’s review for a moment.  Last week, I tried to introduce you to literary genius of the Gospel of Mark.  In the very first sentence, he tells us that this is the good news of the life of Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of

Give and Take (Part 1)

September 16th, 2018

Give and Take (Part 1) Mark 8:27-33 September 16, 2018 So, I love a good story! Don’t you? Some good stories keep us in the dark and force us to discover the unfolding plot along with the characters. We struggle to put the pieces together. We make the connections. Then, a good storyteller throws in

The Widening Circle of Care

August 26th, 2018

The Widening Circle of Care Proverbs 12:10 August 26, 2018  Everything I read about Jesus of Nazareth says that he stood with open arms and open eyes, with an open heart and and open mind, and searched for the person who was being overlooked or ignored.  When he found them, he made a beeline to them,

An Evolving Understanding

August 19th, 2018

An Evolving Understanding Mark 8:1-10 August 19, 2018 So, the Bible is the collected history and stories and poetry of centuries of faithful people. In this book, people reflect with incredible honesty on all sorts of human issues: temptation and sibling rivalry and adultery and power and despair and triumph and tragedy. You name it.

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