James 2:14-26 I’m disappointed Casa Q couldn’t be here… <Casa Q was going to present at COGS – their plans changed earlier this week> I’m still going to speak about them today. But first, let’s talk about James…. The book of James is all about how we can live into our faith. […]
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John 21:15-25 A note on the translation: Our scripture today describes a conversation between Jesus and Simon Peter, a Disciple of Jesus. Simon Peter has a unique name, because his first name, Simon, means “Listener,” and his second name, Peter, means “Rock.” Pay attention to when Jesus addresses him as “Simon” (listener) and when the […]
Scripture: John 6:1-15 This story is the only one told in all 4 gospels. They tell it drastically different audiences… And yet there is something about this table that appeals to all of them… Perhaps what drew all of these writers to this story is that food is central to our […]
Exodus 20:1-11 The 2nd half of the sermon spoke about the Kavanaugh hearings, the earthquakes and tsunamis, and crises affecting our members. It included personal information not included in the online version. Just know that whatever you’re going through…in times like these, taking sabbath is even more essential than ever… Sermon: “Be Bold in Taking […]
When I arrived at my assignment for the Jesuit Volunteers International, which is kind of like a Christian Peace Corps, I had no clue what was going to happen. I only knew I was WAY in over my head. My assignment was at a high school that was also a trade school, and in […]
Almost 1/3 of children in New Mexico will go to bed hungry tonight. One out of three!!! We at Church of the Good Shepherd take seriously the command from Christ to “Feed the hungry,” and so, after conversation at the Council retreat, we voted to make the issue of childhood hunger our church’s issue. We […]
This Sunday is our Fall Kick-Off Sunday! Sunday School returns for all adults, children and youth at 10AM. Worship will be at 9AM and 11AM. We have a special guest and preacher at our 11AM service, the Rev. Paul Mohr, the founding Pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd! The Rev. Mohr may be 92, […]
Psalm 104 – “Be the Church: Protect the Environment” This Psalm is so beautiful. What a gorgeous vision of the world! The earth is full of God’s creatures. And everything in its place. The high mountains for the wild goats, The rocks a refuge for the badgers. The night time set aside for the lions. […]
“Be the Church: Enjoy Life” Luke 15 – the Prodigal Child Today’s story is one of my favorites. I love that there is a vision of a parent, who, despite his child’s wandering in the wilderness, welcomes him home with open arms. Who among us has NOT made a mistake and been overwhelmed when we […]
Click here to read today’s text from Ephesians 4:25-32 “Be the Church: Forgive Often” Be angry! Be angry, Paul says. Finally, a text that gives us permission to be human beings. Sure, it also tells us to speak kindly, put away bitterness and wrath, and forgive one another. Which are all difficult. But there’s a […]
Acts 11:1-17 I was talking to a colleague this week, and I said, I feel called to talk about immigration when I read this text about Peter, but it seems too obvious. For me it’s a one to one. Peter rejected outsiders. We Americans have rejected outsiders. Peter hears from God that he […]
Job 12:7-10 <Sarah has a moving box> What’s in the box? It doesn’t matter. But it must be important. Because I’ve moved it across 4 states! And you’d think that after 10 years, I’d realize that maybe, whatever’s in here might be okay to find its way from my house to the Assistance League or […]
“Be the Church: Share Earthly and Spiritual Resources” Acts 16:11-15 Today we’re going to talk about sharing resources, and the card game we played with the children is a perfect metaphor for that. We all have cards to play, resources at our disposal, be they wealth or time or talents. We also have resources […]
“Be the Church: Care for the Poor” James 2:1-6, Sirach 4:1-10 I want to start out today with an exercise… EXERCISE: Use the race track and watch your progress. You may end well ahead of the starting line or behind it… 1 If you are right-handed, take one step forward. 2 If English […]
“Be the Church: Fight for the Powerless” Matthew 19:1-14 Women today are finding new ways to speak up and assert themselves. Women, in our country, also have the right to work, the right to vote, and in most cases, the right to divorce or the right to say no to having children. In some churches, […]
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Sunday Summer Services 9:00 a.m. (Informal Service) & 10:00 a.m. (Traditional Service)
Regular Worship Schedule Resumes Sunday August 26th @ 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Sunday School Resumes Sunday August 26th for all ages @ 10:00 a.m.